India doesn't have a proper infrastructure for performing arts: Hema Malini

India doesn't have a proper infrastructure for performing arts: Hema Malini

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Sep 2017

Kolkata, Sep 13 (IBNS): Bollywood veteran actress Hema Malini, who visited Kolkata recently, said India does not have a proper infrastructure for performing arts.

Malini, who is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, made the comment while she was speaking about Synergy, an Indo-Occidental symbiosis, which will showcase a dancing fest on September 15 in the city.

The actress had also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the problem of poor infrastructure and requested him to take some measures to solve it, she revealed.

The event Synergy, which will be organised by Calcutta Club, is ready to witness an amalgamation of Indian and Georgian dances.

Synergy will witness Georgian dance Sukhisvili, returning to India after 55 years.

Along with Sukhisvili, Indian dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Pung Cholam, will be presented in the event.

Malini's organisation, Jaya Smriti, which she had founded in the memory of her late mother, Jaya Chakravarti, will take part in the event.

The one and a half hours event will showcase Georgian dance for an hour and the rest will be covered by Indian form of dances. There is also a section where the Georgian and Indian dance forms will be fused.

Speaking about Synergy, Malini said: "Synergy is a beautiful amalgamation of two cultures through dance and it bonds a friendship between the two countries also. I have been doing Jaya Smriti for several years in loving memory of my mother Jaya Chakravarti. She was a great promoter of dance. Last few years we have given platform to young performers."

The age limit for performing in the fest has been kept at 25 years, as the actress believes, "from 10-12 years old till the time they are 25,  absolutely in a perfect condition as their health is so good..they are able to dance with full energy to the perfection..after that the energy level goes down..".

Malini described how she had came across the Georgian dancers and the idea of bringing them to the country did struck her mind. "I just went to Georgia for a women's conference where I went to the national Georgian ballad and there I saw boys and girls were rehearsing in the studio and I was shocked to see their energy, passion. First thing I thought that I must bring them in Bombay or my institute and I must send my students there for a workshop and they should learn this form of dance."

"Then the thought came why not call them for a performance because the group was huge. Around 100 people dance together on the stage. Then I asked them whether they were interested to come to India," she added.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to be present at the event on September 15 as actress Malini has personally requested her to grace the occasion.

Shouvik Dasgupta, founder of Indo Occidental Symbiosis, said: "Indo Occidental Symbiosis is one of the custodians of traditional and classical music and dance forms in India. It has been our continuous, tireless effort to bring to the people the rich cultural heritage of the country and celebrate it on the world stage."

Apart from Kolkata, Synergy will be hosted in three other cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai.

(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh, images by Avishek Mitra)

India doesn't have a proper infrastructure for performing arts: Hema Malini

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