June 04, 2006

Item number Tagore style !

I'm watching this stage version of one of Rabindranath Tagore's plays on ETV Bangla. It has some elements of Odissi in it, a bit of the abhinaya, some of the dance movements. From all the actors, I think the female lead is Rituparna Ghosh, and one of the six female dancers is Dona Ganguly according to a friend.

It showed this princess in all a flimsy spaghetti ghaghra, more suited to an item song from a raunchy Hindi movie than to an ancient Indian coquette. And she kept flashing all these Dilwale Dulhaniya kinds of smiles at her attendants. I'm surprised to see that no self-appointed critic seemed to notice THIS, when much subtler things are milked left, right and centre, day in and day out.

And when her lover doesn't turn up to marry her, she goes looking for him and begins to dance, well all she did was lift her legs and bring it forward, then take it behind. She kept repeating the same movements again and again. My, all this while her lover was supposed to secretly watching and I'm surprised he didn't get bored and go off to sleep !

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL...got to sleep crazy little girl :)...its so easy to criticize , just hav to write few lines on a piece of paper using a pen or pencil ...isnt it...just see what u can learn and ignor which is of no use otherwise u wont find even a single tiny thing on this planet which is perfect..hai na:)....one thing what i like about u is that u always makes me laughf i just adore u for that...see ya take care

Ranjana said...

Easy to criticize...true, but if I was a part of it, I wouldn't have landed on stage without liking what I did and ensuring it ade sense.

And this post really didn't aim at getting a laugh out of anyone....maybe u were just it itching for one....

Anonymous said...

ya right...its always easy to say things so keep om sayin

Ranjana said...

i dont see why i shouldn't. read my latest post. very coincidentally , it may remind of something im sure you would be familiar with.

and keep saying things !