Nritarutya performed at Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birthday celebrations on 10th October at Film City, Mumbai. A team of 80 dancers led by Artistic Director, Mayuri Upadhya, performed to the tunes of the legendary poem “Madhushala” written by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan and sung by Amitabh Bachchan himself.
Nritarutya performed to 10 quatrains from this literary masterpiece, interpreting “Madhushala” as an energy that encompasses every individual. Mayuri Upadhya, Principal Choreographer of Nritarutya, along with associate directors, Madhuri Upadhya and Geetha Ballal, blended their unique skills and experiences to bringing together this magnificent creation. Combining Indian contemporary dance style with Indian classical dance forms like Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam; South Indian folk dance forms like Kamsaale, Dollu kunitha and Theyyam. Adding to this, Breath taking aerial acts was included in showcasing the poem.
Madhushala, renowned work of Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, is still celebrated for its deep Sufi incantations and philosophical undertones. The poem is 135 quatrains long. It has a universal appeal and teaches every individual an important lesson on how to be happy.
In Mr. Bachchan’s own words ‘My definition of a good poem is that it appears before you like a stranger who impresses you so favorably that you feel like befriending him, and the more you know him the more you like him.
Good wine needs no bush, good poetry needs no explanation.
Hence to the poem …. “ and we began our presentation.