MUMBAI— Synergy, the Indian-Georgian fusion dance performance, was held at JIO Grounds, Mumbai on Sept. 10. After the Mumbai performance, Synergy is all set to conquer the hearts of Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Shah Rukh Khan, who was invited by Hema Malini, lit the lamp, followed by the speeches of Union minister Nitin Gadkari and chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Both of them showered praises for Hema Malini for keeping the culture and traditions of India alive and referred to her as the cultural ambassador of India. Malini also performed a surprise dance with the Georgian dancers, specially choreographed by Shiamak Davar.
Rashmi Thackeray, Govinda with wife Sunita and daughter Namrata, Ashutosh Gowariker with wife Sunita, Ramesh Sippy and Kiran Juneja, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Shriya Saran, Gracy Singh, Shiamak Davar, Terence Lewis and Roopkumar and Sunali Rathod were present. Malini’s daughters Esha Deol Takhtani and husband Bharat Takhtani and Ahana Deol Vohra and husband Vaibhav Vohra played hosts.
Under the auspices of Jayasmriti (a dedication to Malini’s mother’s memory to spread the arts and culture of India), the show highlighted the repertoire and cultural richness of Georgian dancers, along with the grace and timelessness of Bharatanatyam and Kathak.
Sukhishvili, The National Ballet of Georgia, had performed in Delhi when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister 50 years ago when Raj Kapoor had invited them to India. And now Hema Malini has carried the traditions further by bridging the cultural silk route between Europe & India.
Said Malini: “Our dances are either classical or folk-based, derived from the rich treasure-trove of mythology, classical literature, and legends. This year, we are proud to associate with another rich ancient culture of Georgia, to create a fusion, a synergy. We intend to grow every year under Jayasmriti and have such wonderful collaborations with different countries. India is so culturally rich, a golden bowl of culture and heritage and I want to safeguard our culture and spread it across the world.”