Reviewed by Paula Citron
Bharati: The Wonder That Is India
Concept and script by Gashash Deshe
Based on a story by Kamlesh Pandey
Choreography and artistic direction by Jojo Khan
Stage direction by Shirili Deshe and Roni Sinai
Starring Rahul Vohra, Bhavna Pani, Sara Muthu Saravanan and Mangesh Nikam
Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, 2011
Bharati: The Wonder That Is India is a fun spectacle with a cast of 70 and a parade of 1000 costumes.
This touring show from India does have a story about a young Indian-born, American-raised engineer finding his roots through an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious dancer called Bharati.
The only speaking role belongs to the Narrator played by the engaging Rahul Vohra. Essentially, Bharati is a song and dance show.
Each production number represents a different Indian state. The songs are famous hits from Bollywood movies, and the Bollywood dance style is pure excitement. There is also a stunning use of film.
Bharati works because of the high energy of the performers. How those dancers can still stand and breathe at the end of the show is a marvel. The best part is, you don’t have to be of South Asian descent to have a really good time.
Bharati continues at the Sony Centre until Nov. 6.