09112022-LSTC-01.qxd 11/8/2022 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b LAST FILM SHOW GOING PLACES Last Film Show (Chhello Show), India’s official entry to the Oscars, has now been selected in the main competition at the 2022 Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. TMS TRIBUNE First child Australian actress Rebel Wilson recently got engaged to girlfriend Ramona Agruma. She has now announced the arrival of her baby girl named Royce Lillian via surrogacy. TMS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 9 NOVEMBER 2022 Renowned kathak exponent and actor Nandita Puri Dhanoa, who is set to perform at a mega dance event, Illumination, is keen to give the audience a taste of two leading gharanas and their special characteristics Mona W ❝ Elegance HAT is meant to be is meant to be. For actor-dancer Nandita Puri Dhanoa, her first introduction to kathak was during a dance festival in Delhi — a performance by Padma Shri-recipient Roshan Kumari of the Jaipur Gharana in Delhi, which she attended with her parents. It was only years later that she was to reach Kumari, as a disciple at Mumbai. Thirty years of her journey in classical dancing, Nandita passed the by-lanes of television, trained young dancers and enjoyed a stint with the camera as well! The coming Saturday is special for her, for Triveni Sangeet Sabha, which she is the president of, in collaboration with Chandigarh College of Architecture and Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, brings a mega dance show — Illumination-Divya Drishti. The event will witness performances by Nandita Puri from the Jaipur Gharana and Gauri Sharma Tripathi from the Lucknow Gharana, along with their group. “The idea is to give the audience a taste of two leading gharanas and their special characteristics in performances,” shares Nandita. IN EACH MOVE MAKING A CULTURAL DIFFERENCE The duration of the programme, Illumination, will be two hours, comprising Shiv Tandav, nritta (pure dance), kavit, abhinaya and a tarana by the famous Sufi mystic Amir Khusrao. The nine artistes coming from Mumbai include Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Tarini Tripathi, Neha Masurkar; Pt Kalinath Mishra (tabla), Vaibhav Mankhad (vocal and harmonium), Alka Gujar (sitar), Aditi Bhagwat (dance), Harshada Jambekar and Nandita Puri. Accompanying will be Chandrika Budhiraja (vocal) and Romi (flute). Both artistes hail from Chandigarh. Gauri Sharma Tripathi, will display the complexities of the Lucknow style with dexterity and nazakat, fundamental to the Lucknow Gharana. She started her journey under the tutelage of her mother, Padma Sharma, who nearly 60 years ago, under learnt from doyens such as Mohanrao Kalyanpurkar, Shambhu Maharaj, Lachchan Maharaj and Birju Maharaj, and established a base for her daughter, Gauri, and granddaughter Tarini Tripathi. IT WAS AS IF I DID TV TO SUPPORT MY CAREER AS A DANCER. I VIVIDLY RECALL THAT I GOT AN INVITE TO PERFORM AT KHAJURAHO FESTIVAL, BUT THE REMUNERATION OFFERED WAS FALLING SHORT BY RS 10,000. NOW NO DANCER SAYS NO TO KHAJURAHO! I WAS DOING THE SERIES CAMPUS BACK THEN AND USED UP MY SAVINGS FROM IT TO PERFORM AT THE FESTIVAL. NANDITA PURI, DANCER-ACTOR Kathak is like homecoming for her. “From when I saw Roshan Kumari first time on stage to even now when I see a kathak performance, there is a sense of belongingness,” she adds. Nandita also credits her parents, Tribhuvan Nath Puri and Primila Puri, for her success. “While Punjabi society at GAURI large did not see dance SHARMA TRIPATHI as a respectable career option when I started, my father told me about the dedication that this field required and that if I pursued it, I should whole-heartedly focus on it.” Her father supported his wife’s Primila’s career in the same way. “My mother started learning classical music at the age of 33, after four children, and became a renowned classical singer of the Patiala Gharana.” PT KALINATH MISHRA ALKA GUJAR NANDITA PURI SCREEN JOURNEY Ask her on what made her take up acting and Nandita says, “I went to choreograph a show, Uppanyas, which was aired on Doordarshan, and the director offered me a role.” It was the role of a dancer and Nandita did it with ease. “It was as if I did TV to support my career as a dancer. I vividly recall that I got an invite to perform at Khajuraho Festival, but the remuneration offered was falling short by Rs 10,000. No dancer says no to Khajuraho! I was doing a series Campus at that time and used my savings from it to perform at the festival.” Some remarkable roles came Nandita’s way later and she continued her acting as well as kathak journey together. Calling Chandigarh home for over a decade now, Nandita continues supporting Triveni Sangeet Sabha — a non-profit cultural organisation promoting classical music and dance — started by her parents. She is hoping to have her husband Dan Dhanoa, actor and sailor, expand the organisation’s domain to art as well. During a sailing expedition, Dan contracted Covid-19 and was hospitalised in Brazil, but the couple came out stronger. “It was a very dark time. He told me not to sound our parents. In a hospital where they did- n’t speak English, communication was difficult but he managed it all.” Nandita loves dance and music, while Dan admires paintings and sculptures; together they complement each other well! Her affair with the camera continues too. Munzir Naqvi’s Sehar, in which she played a small role opposite Pankaj Kapur, is due to release on OTT. She is also passionately working on a ballet that is themed around the healing power of music: “I want to bring classical music and dance together for this and make people aware about how powerful our music is.” (Illumination will be held on November 12 at Chandigarh College of Architecture12, from 6 pm onwards) VAIBHAV MANKAD ‘It feels like pins & needles’ Britney Spears suffering incurable nerve damage SRK as Pathaan to appear in Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 Confirmed! Aditya Chopra, the head of India’s biggest production house Yash Raj Films, is building the biggest Indian franchise with his concept of the spy universe, which will be an action spectacle for the audiences. Pathaan, Tiger and War, in which Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Kabir, are three important pieces of this spy universe that is shaping up to be a theatrical experience like no other. While it is confirmed that Salman Khan as Tiger will appear in Pathaan, now there is confirmed information that Shah Rukh Khan will appear in Tiger 3 for a mind-boggling sequence! Shares a source, “This will be a massively mounted action sequence where Pathaan and Tiger come together for a very crucial scene. This will also be a huge cinematic moment for the audiences. The spy universe is turning out to be deliciously thrilling because it brings the biggest superstars together in riveting, edge-of-theseat sequences that are important for the plot to move forward.” — TMS Britney Spears has revealed that she is suffering from incurable nerve damage on the right side of her body. She took to Instagram and shared a reel of herself dancing, and penned a lengthy caption explaining her health condition. Britney said the nerve damage had affected her sleep and dancing helps in reducing pain. Britney wrote: “Nerve damage on the right side of my body…There’s no cure except God I guess…Nerve damage is caused sometimes when you don’t get enough oxygen for your brain…Your brain literally shuts down. Nerve damage causes parts of your body to go numb.” She added that she woke up three times a week in bed with her hands completely numb. “The nerves are tiny and it feels like pins and needles. From the right side of my body, it shoots up to my neck and the part that hurts the worst is my temple…It stings and it’s scary,” she added. “The last three years since I got out of that place, I’ve been in a mild unconscious state. I couldn’t face it,” she continued while referring to the medical facility she was placed in 2019. — TMS Now, Whoopi quits Twitter Another celeb, American TV host Whoopi Goldberg has announced her exit from Twitter. Citing a chaos-filled week after Elon Musk took over Twitter, Whoopi Goldberg announced that she would no longer be on the microblogging site. She announced the news on her talk show The View and, ironically, the clip was shared by the team of the talk show on Twitter! Whoopi said, “It’s been a little over a week since Elon Musk took over Twitter and this place is a mess. I’m getting off today because I’m tired of now having certain kinds of attitudes blocked. So I’m gonna get out, and if it settles down enough and I feel more comfortable maybe I’ll come back. But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”— ANI c m y b A brave tone New Sidhu Moosewala song released WHOOPI GOLDBERG A new song of Sidhu Moosewala called Vaar was released on Gurpurab. This is his second song released after the Punjabi singer was shot in broad daylight. The song lauds the valour of Hari Singh Nalwa, who commanded the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Moosewala’s Instagram caption read, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. Vaar Playing Now..!” Vaar garnered 1.5 million hits in 30 minutes! TNS
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