A variety show for Dhoop Chaoon’s 7th annual program
Dhoop Chaoon, an Atlanta based Hindi Theatre group, gave their 7th annual presentation at Berkmar High School on April 27. Following previous years' dramas and humorous plays, this year's presentation was a variety show. Founder and director Sandhya Bhagat spent four months of head-down writing! With hilarious jugalbandi, emcees Vijay Gaur and Junior Ahmed Betti introduced the variety dance and drama items by the students of Natkhat Rangshala (a theatre school for kids started by Mrs. Bhagat), as well as theatrical performances by senior artists of the group.
The junior artists, or Natkhat Rangeelay, including Arjun Mongia, Kabeer Mongia, Rhia Patel, Rhea Sethi, Hana Dalwai, Arshaq Ali, Ishani Chawla, Nikhil Upadhyay, Eshaan Jain, and Manasvi Reddy, danced to the tunes of famous old Bollywood melodies and poems, with their cute style, moves and expressions. Rangeelays’ comical play, Nakta Raja, made the audience laugh so hard!
The comedy Ande Ke Chilke, written by late Shri Mohan Rakesh, revolved around petty problems of family life. As the youngest daughter in law (Renu Thapliyal) of the house tries to make egg halwa; knowing that egg is not permitted in the house, the elder daughter-in-law (Shiva Upadhyay) and others (Sanjay Saggare, Aashish Sharma) try to hide this from the mother-in-law (Bharti ben Pandya) and the big brother (Sanjay Tiwari). The hilarious play exposed the audience to the flavor of joint families back home in India and Pakistan.
Another comedy, Parda Uthne se Pehle, originally written by Rajendra Kumar Sharma, was a play about a play—in crisis. When the heroine does not turn up for rehearsal, can the director's wife be persuaded to take the part? And what happens when the original heroine does turn up?! Producer Director, Anil (Anuj Jain) is in trouble, as the heroine of his play, Adhoora Natak, (Hema Jain as Tina) doesn’t show up for the rehearsal, and the play is to open in just two days. He tries to persuade his wife Sheela (Shaveta Jain), a typical homemaker, to take up the challenge and do Tina’s part. But the comical characters, Anil’s assistant Suryakant (Lakshmi Kant Pandya), town goon Salim (Shree Vora), press reporter Verma (Paresh Jain), their son Munnu (Eshaan Jain), and neighbours Laksmi (Vandana Tantia) and Amarjeet (Veena Katdare) keep disturbing Anil, while he is persuading his wife. After lot of begging and pleading Sheila agrees, but the climax begins when heroine Tina shows up in the end. Poor Anil, he ends up pulling his hair, as he never gets to complete his Adhoora Natak.
The show was interspersed with energetic dance items chosen by Mrs. Bhagat and choreographed by Dance Director Rahim Hussain. “Shree Ganesha Deva” set the stage on fire and hall was filled with "once more" shouts. Rahim’s energy was unbeatable and was complimented by Tarana Malik and Vedita Gaur.
The finale was a dance item, "Hori Tere Kitne Rang." Choreographed by Rahim and emceed by Aslam Parvez, this item displayed how Holi is played between girlfriend/boyfriend (Tarana Malik, Sanjay Sagaare), husband/wife (Anuj Jain, Shaveta Jain), a widow (Ami Joshi) and children, and by a group of girl friends. A group dance was presented by Ami Joshi, Shaveta Jain, Hema Jain, Purnima Patel, Tarna Maliik, Vidita Gaur, Venket Gaddam Reddy, and Renu Kumar.
A production of this level is not possible without the countless help of Dhoop Chaaon supporters and volunteers. Dhoop Chaoon would like to thank its financial supporters Shamim Dalwai, Rita Kapahi, Dr. Naaznee Dalwai, Dr. Inder Pal, Jack Patel, Jitan Singh, Kailash Khendelwal, Manjeet Bedi, Madanje Yadav. A big thank you to the back stage crew, Gandharv Bhagat, Sonia Madan, Chinti Bali, Vijay Tandon, Suprna Pathak, Gurupdesh Bedi, Anil Bhagat, Kartikay Bhagat, Navin Tyagi, Santosh Shelly, Shankar Mahadevn, Rachita Manadevan , Edward, Ram Armogan, Adrian Armogan, Emili Armogan, Inder Wassan, Santosh Shalley, Madhav Kathdre, and Tahseen Khan. Thanks to our media supporters Mustafa Ajmeri, Anwar Ajmeri and Anjali Chabbria (TV Asia), and to Indian/Pakistani stores. Also Dhoop Chaaon would like to express its gratefulness to Bytegraph Productions for providing still and video coverage for the event.
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