Partnership is filmmaking (day 1525)

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These days all top filmmakers work in partnership with other banners. The new trend has more advantages than disadvantages.  Creatively there is more variety and a lot of giving and take, financially there are lesser setbacks because they share the profits and the losses. The best thing about these partnerships is that the work becomes an excuse to make new friends. So Karan Johar becomes friends with Rajamouli and Akshay Kumar befriends Neeraj Pandey.

Rohit Shetty recently released Simmba in partnership with Dharma Productions and now to add spice to his persona he has roped in choreographer and filmmaker, Farah Khan to direct Rohit Shetty Pictures next and Farah is super excited about the project. She says, “Sometimes the universe conspires to offer you what you never imagined. I love Rohit as my brother and have high regards for his work ethics. Together we are going to make a mother of all entertainers, honestly, I can’t ant wait to say “Roll Camera” for this one!!”

With a track record of hits over a decade Rohit Shetty has ambitious plans for the banner which includes digital content including animated content like Little Singham on Discovery kids.

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Launch of Keshava (Day 1524)

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 The performances are done, well most of them and the children are all felicitated. The temple closes at 8pm sharp and before that we have wound up the show and also finished all formalities. The authorities have launched the book and many have purchased the book. This has been the most magical experience for me and Madhuparna Kumar Research & Dance Academy.

We look forward to many more such performances and blessings from the deity.

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Felicitation of Artistes (Day 1523)

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The little girls are all squatted on the floor and some of us older ones are standing. The temple felicitates all of us with flowers and prasadam. With blessings of the Lord, we are all set to continue with our performances, some solo dances and some group performances.

I have been trained by my guru to perform Shabdam today, Shabdam is a dance dedicated to Lord Krishna’s childhood where he harassed the gopikas and they complained to mother Yashoda. It is about Yashoda wanting to punish her child but getting surprised by his magical powers.

The first time I performed Shabdam I asked my teacher so who am I? Am I Krishna/ Gopika/ Yashoda and she said you are all of them and also the narrator.

To be continued…

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Offering to Deity (Day 1523)

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The aarti time of any temple is sacrosanct and cannot be disturbed. Devotees of Srinathji come day after day at the allotted time to participate in the aarti. It is the most precious moment of the day and the purest. The pundit lights a galaxy of lamps and offers it to all the deities clanging the bell simultaneously.

Post the aarti is again darshan time and today they do a special gesture for me and my book Keshava A Magnificent Obsession. The book is offered to Srinathji amidst sacred chanting and then released from a silken cover. As the author of the book, I am garlanded and asked to say a few words. I am speechless when I wrote the book I had never in my wildest imagination dreamt that I would get to be so close to Srinathji idol. This is indeed a special day.

 

To be continued…

 

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Dancers Ready to Roll (Day 1522)

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The idea was to start in between darshan time so as the devotees settle down in their chairs, the organizers make the announcements and the sound engineers test the pen drive. The dancers are all lined up behind the barricade and teacher Madhuparna Kumar is giving last-minute instructions to her students.

The music begins, the little girls are set in a line and the audience is riveted to the show. After the little children, comes the second song performed by teenagers followed by older girls. Every song has a different mood and different emotions and the large marble floor of the temple is filled with color and fragrance. The emotion is the same, all the dances are addressed to Lord Krishna but the narrator changes from song to song.

To be continued…

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Dancers Ensemble (Day 1521)

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I had heard that Vallabh Haveli on 10th Road Juhu hosted a variety of performances for Janmashtami as part of Krishnotsav Festival and had applied on behalf of my guru Madhuparna Research & Dance Academy.  Nothing happened that time but then out of the blue our request came through and our performance date was confirmed not on the second-floor auditorium but inside the temple in front of Srinathji.

As the day drew closer so did our excitement. Guru Madhuparna believes in arriving at the venue fully dressed and that is how she has trained her students. All of them arrive at the venue half hour in advance and assemble at the backside of the temple. The regulars at the temple are curious about the dancers and stare at us while walking up and down but the dancers are all in their own world. Some re-remembering their steps, some are pacing up and down anxiously and some sit quietly for the show to begin.

To be continued…

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