Bollywood, ballet and everything in between, at SITAa��s year-ender tomorrow.
What do French novelist Victor Hugoa��s gypsy girl, Esmeralda (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Bengali romance Devdasa�� benevolent courtesan, Chandramukhi, have in common? Find out at the SITA Cultural Centrea��s end-of-year show tomorrow, where their characters come alive through ballet, Bollywood-style dance and more. In the four years since its inception, SITA has managed to engage an eclectic mix of locals, expats and tourists with a wide range of cultural activities. The annual event is usually a talent showdown where the centrea��s professionals and some of their students take the stage. This year, however, the show will be a childrena��s extravaganza, says Fleur Soumer, co-founder. a�?We have kids who have been with us for four years now. While they are not professionals, they have grown more confident on stage,a�? she says.
The al fresco show will open with guitar solos and duets, and end with a kalaripayattu demo. But dance, as evident from the variety in the line-up which includes hip-hop and Bharatnatyam, is the piece de resistance. Watch out for a recital from the ballet, inspired by the Victor Hugo novel. The 12-year-old performer, emulating the pining gypsy, will tap and swing the tambourine with her toes and fingers, as she pirouettes. All-time hit dance numbers, including the classic Dola re, get their own tribute. Also dig into cupcakes served by the centrea��s young bakers.
While SITA will close for summer, new classes including Ayurvedic cooking will be introduced when it reopens, adds Fleur. From 7 pm at Aurodhan Gardens. Tickets at Rs 250. Details: 0413 4200718
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