India’s Ghoomar resounds through Trafalgar Square

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published Nov 9, 2018, 2:54 am IST
Updated Nov 9, 2018, 2:54 am IST
Indian women recreate Deepika’s memorable performance of the Padmaavat song in London.
Deepika Padukone
 Deepika Padukone

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone have much to be proud of. Their collaborative effort was heard resonating through Trafalgar Square in London this Diwali. The magnificently choreographed Ghoomar number from Bhansali’s Padmaavat was performed by hundreds of Asian women at the historic location.

A source close to Bhansali saw this as a triumphant moment for the entire team. “All the suffering and pain that we went through now seems worth it. While Padmaavat was being made, we were targeted on so many occasions. Even the song Ghoomar that has been embraced across the world was condemned by some. We were asked to cover up Deepika’s midriff. It is very encouraging to see the same song that caused offence to some being embraced universally. We are blessed.”

 

Speaking about the song on a previous occasion, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had said, “What better illustration of our prime minster Narendra Modiji’s Make in India policy? I feel our culture is so rich and varied. We have so much to give the West. Why not take our culture and art forms to the West, rather than continuously borrow their lifestyle and culture? Of course, Deepika danced like a dream, but it wouldn’t have been possible without our choreographer Kruti Mahesh and the ghoomar specialist Jyoti Tomar.”

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