One of the most established actors and dancers in Indian Cinema, Hema Malini is on mission. A mission to promote classical dance forms. And her show Jaya Smriti, is to help her achieve that.
“I've been doing it since the past so many years. In between I couldn't do it because of the elections. Mom used to always encourage youngsters in classic dance music and even films. Her wish was that I should continue that. This year different artists will come and perform classical dance and music. I won't be performing, I will only promote it,” says Hema.
Speaking about how dance has changed all through the years, Hema says, “There are a set of beautiful dancers still doing classical dancing. There are many parents who are very keen about their children learning classical dance. But at the same time there are many people who watch TV and go for Bollywood dance. They think that is dance. What to do? Small children dance on Munni Badnaam Hui. It looks cute but is it right to teach them Munni Badnaam Hui and Fevicol Se? It's sad, no?”
She further adds. “We have such a beautiful culture with us. We should teach that to children. For time pass, let them dance on any other songs but teach them the basics at least. They should know that dance is divine and like a prayer. That needs to be instilled in children. Your body, mind and soul become aligned because of that and your day to day life is also different. It also changes your attitude towards people.”
“Classical dance forms are dying. It's very important to revive them. That's what I keep telling all artists,” she states on a parting note.
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