culture

Shree Nrityagram

I spent my Saturday evening in the heart of the cultural hub of Newtown, Johannesburg at the Dance Factory played host to one of the world’s most entrancing dance masters Shree Nrityagram being an all-female troupe, where both male and female concepts are performed by women. The troupe’s 3 finest dancers: Surupa Sen, the artistic director, and Bijayini Satpathy and Pavithra Reddy. Likened to Indian art, “Vibhakta” is religious and at the same time very sexy and powerful in all respects

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Tribhangi

South African Indian dance choreographer Jayespree Moopen is taking Indian classical dance to bold new levels. Her distinct style has come full circle in the dance performance Tribhangi – an afro-indo dance/music spectacular which leaves you thrilled from start to finish, resulting in a new genre of dance blended with true African rhythm which defies all categorization of bastardised art. Moopen’s departure from the classical to the contemporary is innovative and daring, and is paving the way for a new a generation of choreographers and dancers.

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World’s best Sitar player comes to South Africa

Ustad Shahid Parvez, descends from six generations of sitarists. He is the leading exponent of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. His family has produced some of the most revered and influential figures in North Indian Classical Music including the likes of Ustad Sahabdad Khan, Ustad Imdad Khan, Ustad Enayet Khan, Ustad Waheed Khan and his uncle Ustad Vilayat Khan.

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Lollipop Lane is back

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Radio serials were in their heyday in the 1960’s and 70’s and gave thousands of people the opportunity to live other people’s lives and experiences vicariously through the characters of their ‘daily dose’. The advent of television on the South African entertainment landscape changed that situation and increasingly the format of most radio stations became ‘talk’ and music-driven.

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