Billionaire Boy – Live on stage

At the beginning of March we went to see David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy live on stage at DeMontfort Hall. I’ve not read the book but I know my eldest daughter loves his book so I decided to book it and see what happens.

Spoiler Alert!

It was fantastic! Spoiler alert in case you’ve not read the book either. It was about a boy whose dad had become rich selling a unique type of toilet paper called bumfresh. Very apt considering the toilet paper shortages at the moment. Only problem was that the boy, Joe was lonely and just wanted a friend and to be normal.

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Short Story Writing Course – Day 2

On Wednesday 1st May, I went to the second lesson of this short story writing course that Dr Rebecca Burns is teaching. I remembered last time feeling quite cold in this room and I thought with it being an evening, it might get cool again by the time we finish. I was wrong. This time the room was boiling hot when we first walked in although it became more bearable as the course went on.

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The Mehfil Project: Celebrating the future

The Mehfil Project was a series of Indian classical music and dance events held at the Peepul Centre. By collaborating with some of the more prominent Indian dance and music schools in Leicester, the event hoped to bring people together to celebrate and appreciate the intricate dance forms and the powerful music originating from the Indian continent.

The first event started in August 2018 with a discourse in rasa – the power of expression in dance this was followed by a second event exploring Taal – the beat of Indian classical music and dance, then an event in November showcasing kathak and live music for Musical Movements. There was another event in January exploring Bharatnatyam and Beyond, finally culminating to the production Celebrating the Future on 1 February 2019.

Part 1

Celebrating the Future was split into three parts. The first part was performed by sitar player Roopa Panesar. She is an amazing artist and the way she played the sitar was so good. Not sure I liked the name of one of the songs – A woman’s emotion but I guess its just a name. Although once that idea has been put inot your head, it’s hard not to wonder what emotions they are meant to represent. This piece started off playful, then got really fast and exciting – interpret that as you will. There were two other pieces that she played. One was really fast and exciting and the other was mellow and soothing. The good thing about fast music is the accuracy of it and how long she can carry on playing it for – the longer, and faster and precise, the better and more exciting. You just sit there holding your breath, waiting to see what will happen.

Part 2

After a short break, the second item came on. This was Akash Odedra. He did a traditional kathak dance… well, his version of traditional. His jumping and spinning is fascinating and mesmerising. He is a true professional. His jumps are as light as a feather, his spinning was super fast as he whizzed across the stage. In addition, watching his feet and his expression was also fascinating to watch and if there was nothing else except that, it would be enough. But his whole stage presence is amazing to watch.

Part 3

The third and final item was an exciting new piece created by young new musicians and dancers. It was the premiere of an item called Confluence. The dancers were Bharatnatyam dancer Anaya Bolar and Kathak dancer, Shyam Dutta. The musicians were Kaviraj Singh on Santoor – a hundred stringed instrument, Gurdain Rayatt on the tabla usually for the kathak dancer and Abhi Saha on the mridangam for the Bharatnatyam dancer.

It was a beautiful piece of dancing. The dancers and musicians were all really good. They were precise and fast and genuinely very good. Unfortunately, this was also the piece that my younger daughter wanted to ask me loads of questions about the dance and the dancers and so as much as I tried to keep her quiet, I did miss a lot of the storyline of this piece. At one point, the dancers went backstage while the musicians took over and showcased their talent. However, all my six-year-old wanted to know was when were they going to come back. Luckily, no one else seemed to notice.

The whole show was really so very good and I’m so glad I managed to go to this show. I do truly regret not going to the earlier ones.  I hope there are more shows like this and I’m so pleased that there are opportunities like this available, right here in this city, for the next generation, including my daughters, to go and watch.

Yuva Nartan 2018 – A review

Dancers of Yuva Nartan 2018

On Saturday 27th October 2018, Yuva Nartan took place. It is an annual Indian classical dance and music show organised by Nupur Arts. This festival was made up of eight performances with a break in between.


Part 1

The first dance was a kathak piece accompanied by a live tabla, santoor and vocals. Seetal Kaur performed this dance and it was a mesmerising and beautiful dance.


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The Cat in the Hat – A Review

The Cat in the Hat is an amazing show. I went to see it with my girls and a friend and her kids at the Curve Theatre on 22nd December 2018.

In a vain attempt to honour Dr Seuss’s books, I’m going to try and rhyme this review.

The story begins like in the book:
Rain pelters down on living room windows, while one bored kid stares out and another one sighs
Attempting to entertain themselves, they pick up a book for a page or two
But then, water guns come out and spray the crowd while bubbles from above, entrance little audience’s big eyes.

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