Manjari Chaturvedi’s Tribute to Begums and Baijis of Bollywood

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27th April, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Royal Opera House, Mama Parmanad Marg, Mumbai

Sufi Kathak Foundation, The Royal Opera House, Mumbai and Avid Learning present A Tribute to Begums and Baijis of Bollywood: The First Women of Hindi Cinema an evening of stories, music and dance with a theatrical dance performance by Kathak Dancer and Founder of the Sufi Kathak Foundation Manjari Chaturvedi that will pay homage to early depictions of courtesans in film. This performance, follows a day-long symposium on the same subject and is conceptualized, created and directed by Manjari. The evening will aim to celebrate the women performers of Bollywood and brings back to life the magic, grace and soul of the Tawaif. More than a dance relived; it is a story retold. This enchanting performance is an ode to erstwhile and now forgotten women performers whose stories will be retold as dramatic interludes throughout the performance. Do not miss an evening that celebrates the Tawaif’s unique art and contribution to the world of Hindi Cinema.

This enchanting performance is an ode to erstwhile and now forgotten women performers like Jahanara Kajjan, Mukhtar Begum, Jaddan Bai, and Begum Akhtar. These were women who came from the Tawaif traditions and became the first-ever film stars in early Hindi cinema, taking on a multitude of roles from leading actress to principal playback singer. The first woman composers were also among them. Their music and style of dance formed the basis of the entertainment industry widely known as Bollywood today. Their stories will be retold as dramatic interludes throughout the performance. Tickets for the evening PERFORMANCE are available at insider.in | Box Office: 022-23668888

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