Inspiring steps to unity

Dance Drama


Choreographed by Maya Rao, the production divided the song into different sequences to describe India’s unity in diversity in every sphere. “The song Sare Jahan Se Achcha seems to have reduced to being a ring tone or just ‘reverse gear’ music. Through this production, we want to inspire the youth of today on the rich cultural heritage we live in,” said one of the dancers.

The various fragments of the song were put together through contemporary steps, audio and visual clippings,  global choreographing techniques and symbolic movements. The first sequence, Gulistaan, spoke about India like a garden of flowers. This was followed by two protagonists on a journey describing the beauty of the country.

Gurbat Mein Ho Agar Hamm, was inspired by Rakesh Sharma’s reply to Indira Gandhi’s query as to how Bharat looked from space. Sharma had said Saare Jahan Se Accha. Symbolically, dancers showcased the grandeur of the Himalayas in Parvat Vo Sabse Unchaa through a traditional Kashmiri dance form.

This was followed by a quick representation of the rivers through the Kerala boat race in Iski Hazaaron Nadiyaan.

The drama then showcased the warring communities through a well-choreographed sword fight and later, communal harmony. The symbolic light represented various religions coming together as promoters of peace and brotherhood through Mazhab Nahin Sikhaata.

Kuch Baat He Ki Hasti portrayed the brave heroes who defended our country fromthe onslaught of enemies.

“Despite the various influences and attacks, our country has still managed to maintain its identity,” said one of the dancers. The finale of the hour-long production saw all the dancers joining together in the spirit of the song.

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