Student dancers ready to 'share happiness'

Sarangi Sabu leads a rehearsal of A Night At The Museum at the Regent Theatre yesterday.  ...
Sarangi Sabu leads a rehearsal of A Night At The Museum at the Regent Theatre yesterday. Backing her are (from left) Bari Arulrajah, Natasha Nagar, Heena Desai, Pareezat Rahman, Siddharth Garde, Vishwa Gangapuri, Jonny Collins, Joy Kaur, Pardeep Singh, Amrit Singh, Naima Khan, Melissa Naik, Shayla Parshottam, Chetan Patel, Khyati Patel, Saranya Loganathan and Banisha Morar. Photo by Jane Dawber.
The Regent Theatre will become a passage to India tonight.

The Indian Students Association's annual dance showcase, A Night At The Museum, would be an authentic and colourful taste of Indian culture, co-president Chetan Patel said yesterday.

"We've been practising all year for this. Most of us are from India and we wanted to show a bit of our culture and put on a really good show.

"India is all about colours and dancing and food. Most people know about Indian food, but you can't get to see authentic Indian dancing unless you go to India," he said.

"Dance is intrinsic to the festivals and states of India. It's also a form of sharing happiness, dissipating negativity and expressing thoughts and emotions."

Nearly 100 dancers would be involved in the seven dances, which referenced secular, ritual, abstract and interpretive themes, Mr Patel said.

"We try to get the crowd really involved.

"There's also a boys versus girls dance, which has been practised separately and no-one has seen yet, and then the show ends in a grand finale."

A Night At The Museum starts at 7pm at the Regent Theatre.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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