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    Bollywood, ballet and everything in between, at SITA’s year-ender tomorrow.

    What do French novelist Victor Hugo’s gypsy girl, Esmeralda (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Bengali romance Devdas’ benevolent courtesan, Chandramukhi, have in common? Find out at the SITA Cultural Centre’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 centre’s professionals and some of their students take the stage. This year, however, the show will be a children’s extravaganza, says Fleur Soumer, co-founder. “We have kids who have been with us for four years now. While they are not professionals, they have grown more confident on stage,” 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 centre’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

       — Olympia Shilpa Gerald


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