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‘Dance is Life’… This holds true for upcoming dancing talent Suhani Dhanki, a trained Bharatnatyam dancer who is fast emerging as a known face both nationally and internationally. She recently performed at a dance recital in Mumbai.


Holding a masters degree in Bharatanatyam with a distinction and gold medal from Bharata College of Fine Arts & Culture and a degree in LLB from the Mumbai University, taking up this dance form was a deliberate choice for Suhani.


Talking about Suhani love for dance she said with pride, “When I watched my guru dance and her commitment to the art, I knew that this was the dance form for me. I learnt Kathak but Bharatnatyam is the closest to my heart and will always remain so.”


Dancing for the last 15 years, she takes inspiration from her guru her interest and dedication was inspired from her guru.  In a typical guru – shishya relationship, Suhani has not just imbibed dance lessons from her guru but also a form of tradition that she is extremely proud of.


Suhani performed live at the Y. B. Chavan Centre as a part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) where she beautifully presented ‘Shivaarchana‘, composed and choreographed by her guru Dr Sanddhya V Pureccha in traditional Bharatanatyam of the Tanjavur style. She also performed Abhinaya Pada from the Marathi Nirupana of Raja Sarfoji II of Tanjore, choreographed by the legendary late Acharya Parvatikumar. The highlight of the show was her performance onstage to live music. Noted artists like Dr Sanddhya V Pureccha on nattvangam, Sivaprasad on vocals, Satish Krishnamurthy on mridangam and S R Balasubramaniam on violin, all made her performance memorable.


Mumbai being a city that eagerly adopts all forms of art has a wonderful audience for this non native form of dance who appreciated and further encouraged her performance. Currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts from the Bharata College of Arts and Culture, Mumbai Suhani is also looking forward to quite a few performances later this month. This talented girl has also recently played the character of Madri in the telly saga Mahabharata.


Dress to Impress – Actress Mansha Bahl goes Glamours


Mansha Bahl was spotted at the trailer launch of her upcoming movie Spark. Looking ultra gorgeous Mansha Bahl chose to go glamours with her look. Opting for the most Royal color, Mansha decided to pick on a golden color lace dress. Turning heads and keeping it simple yet stylish she teamed her outfit with statement pair of earrings complementing her outfit, with beautiful emerald ring. Alluring one and all she completed her look pairing her outfit with outstanding pair of heels.


Hair tied in a bum Mansha flaunts her curves looking utterly stylish and feminine.


Model turned Actor Ankitaa Srivastav makes her big Bollywood debut with Welcome Back


Hailing from Lucknow Ankitaa Srivastav possessing dreams in her eyes to pursue acting, little did she know her talent would give her the big ticket to the tinsel town? After marking her excellence in modeling industry she makes her big debut with Welcome Back, sequel of block buster hit Welcome (2007). Directed by Aneez Bazmee and produced under Firoz Nadiadwalla Production house Ankitaa Srivastav essays the role of Chandni, love interest of Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor.


Essaying the role of Chandni and getting into the shoes of Laila portrayed by Mallika Sherawat in Welcome (2007) wasn’t a cake walk for Ankitaa. With high expectations riding on her, she says “Yes! My character Chandni is very similar to Mallika Sherawat’s character Laila. Since she was also Anil sir and Nana sir’s love interest”. She further adds “Keeping in mind Laila’s character portraying Chandni comes with high expectations and I hope I match up to that level. I have to be sexy and smart at the same time with gives it a different edge to my character”.


Sharing the screen space with Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and John Abraham was one life time learning experience for the girl wanting to carve a niche for herself in the big world of Bollywood, the cherry on the cake with Dimple Kapadia playing the mother to Ankitaa’s character Chandni gave her a chance to explore her credentials to the fullest.“Working with legends like Anil sir, Nana sir and Dimple ji was a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better launch. Chandni’s character being challenging, from my director to my co-stars everyone was very cooperative towards me and took me under their wings and lent a helping hand to me in order to perfect my role” revels the excited Ankitaa who awaits his release.


Directed by Aneez Bazmee and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, Welcome Back is a sequel of blockbuster hit Welcome (2007). An out and out comedy film featuring an ensemble cast of John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Shiney Ahuja and Dimple Kapadia.










Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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