Celebrating 100 Years of Bollywood “NAACH” in Dubai on 27th Feb 2014 at DUCTAC Produced by Gurukul Dubai


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Dubai: 13 Feb 2014  By: Zulfiqar Shah

NAACH is a vibrant and eclectic Indian dance experience coming to the DUCTAC Centrepoint Theatre, Mall Of The Emirates on Thursday, the 27th February 2014.

Produced by Gurukul Dubai, the pulsating dance production will take you on a journey through the different eras of Indian cinema. NAACH brings together diverse classical, folk and contemporary dance forms from India woven together in a story of magical romance and cultural exploration. “It is a story of an NRI dance instructor completely disconnected from his roots – exploring his culture because of love”, explains Artistic Director and Guru Pali Chandra “it is a story that any global citizen can relate to – the idea of finding a connection between the home you are from and the one you live in- very apt for the Dubai audience…at least that is what we feel”.

The production led by internationally acclaimed Kathak danseuse and choreographer Pali Chandra brings together 62 of the best locally grown dance talent in an emotionally charged ode to 100 years of Indian Cinema.

“We have really focused on bringing together the best of artistic energies in Dubai who are passionate about dance”, continues Pali Chandra “We have the dynamic Hitesh Rajani of Dance India Dance fame, Nationally acclaimed Bharathnatyum experts Jatin & Shruti Subramanian who have recently been honored with Naatya Saradi awards in India, Dubai’s Kalathilakam Vineetha Mohan and many more such names with years of dance experience, training, and triumphs behind them.

She further adds, “As an audience you get to relive the elegance, grace & charm of the yesteryears and still experience the funk, energy and vibrancy of the current generation – it is a complete dance package!” Unlike a conventional Bollywood extravaganza, the production is seated within a classical dance format and is technically challenging, artistically forward and narratively engaging.  It is specially designed for a modern multicultural audience that has sophisticated dance palette. NAACH is also a personal statement about what a group of professional Kathak dancers can create – it is all about flying with roots!

Project Lead and Founder of Gurukul Dubai, Somna Tugnait says “Bollywood has always been close to Dubai cine-goers’ hearts.  With Dubai winning the expo bid and Bollywood celebrating its centenary last year- it presented the right time for Dubai’s local talent to celebrate an industry that entertains millions!  Magic unravels in two shows happening at 6pm and 8:30 pm on the 27th of Feb. Tickets are on sale on Time Out Tickets, DUCTAC, MOE & Chinchaaus Restaurant. NAACH is supported by Colours TV, MTV, Glance Fashion, Joy Alukkas, Gulf Technical Printing Press and Prime Vision.

About Gurukul, Dubai : Gurukul is a Dubai-based performing arts academy lead by internationally acclaimed Kathak danseuse Pali Chandra and managed by its dynamic director Somna Tugnait. The only ISTD (Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dancing, UK) certified dance academy in Dubai, Gurukul provides a dance education in Kathak, Indian Folk and Indi-Fusion styles from 2008 in its studios in Karama and DUCTAC. Over 200 students between 5 to 55years, including the differently abled, are part of this family. Gurukul has also recently set up shop in London with working plans of expanding in Europe.  www.gurukuldubai.com

About Pali Chandra : Pali Chandra is a dancer, choreographer, educationist, social activist and the Artistic Director of Gurukul, Dubai. Pali has acted as an ambassador of Indian culture spreading awareness about the heritage through performances around the world.  She is an ex-committee member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, U.K. and a graded member of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

She was recently awarded the ‘Woman Of Excellence In The UAE 2013’. The Queen of England personally appreciated Pali’s performance at the Westminster Abbey in London. She has also been honoured at the House of Commons in London as the Best Art Director for her production called ‘In the Shadow of the Hills’. Innovation and international collaboration is trademark of Pali Chandra. Her vivid imagination, stellar sense of rhythm and sound knowledge of tradition allows her to seamlessly fuse Kathak with international dance styles whilst still maintaining its core ethos. An educator par excellence she has designed workshops for prestigious institutions like the Oxford University, the Seattle University and the London School of Contemporary Dance, to name a few. In short, Pali Chandra is an artistic force to reckon with.  pali@gurukuldubai.com

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