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With films as inspiration

IN THE land of Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan, `cultural' programmes are synonymous with films. It was no different at the cultural extravaganza organised by Sanskriti, (affiliated to the Rajasthani Association, Tamil Nadu) which was titled "Kyonki Duniyan Doordarshan Ki". Yes, the theme of the show was the multitude of television channels. But the performances were inspired by Hindi cinema. The show was presented at the Music Academy. The concept, which was designed by M. G. Bohara, was quite interesting. Two huge projection screens placed on either side of the stage announced the channel, the theme and logos recorded from television.

After the traditional prayer song opening, Cartoon Network's famous `heroes' Tom and Jerry took the centre stage. And how! The screens played clippings of the original show. What followed was a real chase on the stage... tiny tots dressed as the two popular toons chased each other. It was a cute sight. But what followed was the usual rigmarole. Zee `Antakshari' was `fixed' (all the teams scored equal points). But a special word about the `anchor' of Anthakshari, Hemant Dungarwal. He has a lovely, deep voice and his joie de vivre was infectious. Also the choice of the songs was good — old Hindi film numbers, which still sound as fresh as they did in the 1960s and 1970s. Meanwhile, Sony's Boogie Woogie had youngsters swaying to a medley comprising "You are my Sonia" and "Shava Shava" (K3G) and "Koi Kahe" ("Dil Chhata Hai"). The there was MTV Pop mix, ESPN's mock cricket, DD National's folk dances from India... Young Khushboo Lunia chose Lata Mangeshkar's "Vande Mataram" (not the A. R. Rahman version) for her Bharatanatyam presentation, well... on roller skates! Right through the programme the underlying message was that of patriotism and brotherhood... it was Republic Day, after all.

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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