With over 750 spectacular hand-made costumes, each one taking a mere minute-and-a half to change into plus 25 super-hot, hugely talented dancers and specialty performers giving it all they have got. With music from some of the hottest Bollywood soundtracks and lighting effects to blow the senses, Mystic India has finally landed on South African shores and is blowing Johannesburg audiences out of their theatre seats and into the crazy-beautiful, feast-for-the-senses, blinged-up world of Bollywood, India and beyond
If you think you’ve seen it all on the big screen then think again because Mystic India brings the explosion of India’s vibrant performances, colours, sounds and special effects onto the stage in this larger-than-life extravaganza.
The man responsible for producing this veritable bling-fest is Amit Shah, founder and creative director of AATMA Performing Arts, and respected Bollywood choreographer and production master. Known for his critical eye and creative disposition, Amit has years of experience with dance, theatre and media. His unique dance style merges strength and sensuality, and through his choreography he is able to combine both a dancer’s emotions and an audience’s virtual experience.
Amit has had the opportunity to work on Bollywood film sets with top actors and his choreography has been featured on stage with Miss World Priyanka Chopra as well as in numerous music videos and films. His work with dance and production has received exceptional accolades from the media such as The New York Times, Zee TV, TV Asia, and AVS.
Mystic India’s female lead, Kruti Shah is an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer who shot to fame as a top 10 finalist on the Star Plus dance reality show Just Dance. She received the opportunity to perform for the King of Dance, Hrithik Roshan, and legendary choreographers, Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant, as well as train under inspiring artists including, Michelle Johnston, Saroj Khan and Terence Lewis. In 2012, Kruti also co-directed a Star TV production, Just Dance Live.
While intensively training in modern forms of movement such as Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern, Kruti also pursued an interest in much more ancient Indian forms of dance, particularly Bharatnyatam and Kathak.
In 2007, Kruti earned attendance into New Jersey’s prestigious Governor School of the Arts program where she received an award from the state of New Jersey in Dance Excellence.
Kruti joined AATMA as a principal dancer in 2010 and has since been promoted to choreographer and dance trainer for the renowned troupe. In fact some of her work is featured in Mystic India.
Mystic India’s narrator, Sanjay Sahini is originally from Delhi, India, and received his professional actors training at the acclaimed HB Studios in New York City. His breakout role was in the movie Khel Shuru in 2006, and since then he has gone on to perform in numerous films, theatre and off-Broadway productions.
One of his most memorable performances was in Qurbaani, a short film for which he received a best actor award. He also received numerous awards for his one-man show in which he performs remarkable imitations of Bollywood’s big stars.
Bringing the element of thrill to Mystic India are the mind-boggling specialty acts like the ancient sport of Mallakhamb and the aerial arts. The choreographer, trainer and performer responsible for building these stunning pieces into the show is Rajesh Mudki. He hails from Mumbai, India, where he has dedicated his life to these spectacular sports. He has trained in Mallakhamb since the age of six, and has since mastered the aerial mediums of silk, hoop, harness and rope.
In 2007 Rajesh was honoured with the Shiv Chattrapati Award from the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for Best Athlete of the Year. He is the youngest player in history to receive this prestigious award.
Rajesh made his choreographic debut on Indian television in 2009, on Dance India Dance’s first season. In the same year, he was given the opportunity to work with Cirque Du Soleil director, Franco Dragone, as both a collaborating choreographer and performer. He has also choreographed for many well-known TV shows such as Just Dance, DID Little Masters and India’s Got Talent, to name a few.
In 2010, Rajesh was invited to perform live on The Ellen Degeneres Show in Los Angeles. He was also asked to appear on ITV in the UK for Caroline Quentin’s reality show, A passage through India. Rajesh currently travels to different countries performing and teaching the ancient art form of Mallakhamb.
Mystic India weaves a spellbinding tale. It is traditional India meets the urban streets of Mumbai and New York. It is hip and stylish with all the bling and now South African audiences are getting to witness the show in all of its stunning glory on stage at the fabulous Theatre of the Marcellus at Emperors Palace.
But hurry if you haven’t booked because word is audiences cannot get enough of the Bollywood extravaganza and people are booking to see it a second and third time.
Tickets start at R175 per person and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on (011) 928 1297/1213 or Computicket on www.computicket.com or 083 915 8000. Winners Circle member discounts apply, plus there are dinner, show and stay packages available. Go to www.emperorspalace.co.za for more details.