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Nrityakosh presents an evening of belly dance

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Debapriya Das has a Masters in Economics and has even worked as a research economist. Not wishing to be tied to numbers, she took to belly dancing. Swaying to rhythmic Middle Eastern beats and learning all the nuances of this sensual form became her passion, so much so that Debapriya went on to establish Nrityakosh, a school of belly dance, in Bengaluru.

“We focus on traditional Middle Eastern dance styles and fusion work which comes from the dance vocabulary of belly dancing, Indian classical dance and contemporary dance forms,” says the young dancer, who started dancing in 2012. “I travelled every summer to meet my teachers and train for a few months before returning to practise.”

She presents her latest production on stage on December 5 at Bangalore International Centre, Domlur at 6.30 pm. Titled Leylet Hob, it will be an evening of Middle Eastern music, dance and storytelling. Choreographed pieces including “Muwashahat” (a medieval Islamic Spanish dance that has survived to the present day), “Kawleeya”, a folk dance style originating in Iraq and has since become integral to belly dance, and Indian fusion belly dance with influences from Kathak, Persian dance and Flamenco. “We will also present our new work called M.O.V.E, which is a 40-minute dance recital. It is a conversation through dance and movement during the pandemic, about us navigating this new world in our own ways with a pinch of nostalgia about the journey we did not sign up for. It was an online dance documentary, which also premiered on Nrityakosh’s YouTube channel in October 2020.”

Debapriya, also trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Flamenco and contemporary dance, says she aims to break the primary misconceptions of belly dance, of how it is perceived and the commercial aspect of the dance form through her performances. She says, “There is a universal misconception that it is less than a classical dance form. Belly dancing is a movement vocabulary and the cumulation of so many dance forms from the Middle East. One section looks at belly dancing as a fitness goal, which is great, but that takes away from the fact that it is a traditional dance form.”

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Debapriya has represented India at international dance festivals including the 5th International NY Cairo Raks Festival (New York), Cairo! 11th International Oriental Dance Festival (Budapest) and The 2019 Roma Tribal Meeting (Rome).

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Nusraat Faria returns home from hospital

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Nusraat Faria was admitted to the hospital on Thursday around 11 pm due to severe illness, rendering her unconscious. Her physical condition showed slight improvement after receiving overnight treatment, leading to her return home on Friday afternoon.

Faria’s mother, Ferdousi Parveen, shared with the media that the actress has returned home. She noted a slight improvement in Faria’s condition l, compared to when she was admitted to the hospital last night. Despite the scheduled CT scan, there were no duty doctors available on Friday.

Due to the actress’s ongoing physical illness and mental strain, the CT scan has been rescheduled for two days later. Her mother mentioned that the actress has not consumed any food since yesterday when she was only given saline.

Nusraat Faria has been tirelessly working alone day and night in recent months. According to her mother, she has been experiencing persistent headaches for the past two months. Although a recent check-up ruled out migraines, she continues to struggle with headaches and has difficulty sleeping. The intensity of her headaches tends to worsen on days when she works in well-lit environments, especially during shooting sessions.

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Nawshaba undeterred, Nawshaba undeniable

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Making her silver screen debut in 2013, Nawshaba Ahmed has experienced numerous ups and downs in her career and personal life. Despite the challenges, her ever-optimistic persona is poised to debut in Tollywood after years of experience in the entertainment industry.

With her upcoming film in Tollywood under the direction of Anik Dutta, the film “Joto Kando Kolkatatei” (The Calcutta Case), will present her alongside the esteemed Abir Chatterjee. Nawshaba’s transition to Tollywood signifies a new chapter in her illustrious career. With roles that have earned her acclaim as a talented actress on the theatre stage, television, film, and OTT platforms.

Reflecting on her journey of working in Kolkata, Nawshaba shared, “I have always wished to work with the directors beyond the border, and while working with Anik da, I felt that I could explore my inner artiste.”

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From ‘girl next door’ to multifaceted star: 10 years of Safa Kabir

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From “@18: All Time Dourer Upor” to “Parul”, Safa Kabir evolved from ‘the girl next door’ to portraying multidimensional characters that captivated audiences. The tenacious actor, who has completed a decade in show business, wanted to be a fashion designer growing up.
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This name holds a special meaning for me- my grandfather wanted to give me a foreign name as my father was living abroad. However, my dad was keen on naming me Safa Kabir, and thus I decided to keep both of them.
You looked gorgeous in ‘Barbie’ premiere. How did it inspire you?

Growing up, I had only one Barbie doll and I really loved making her dresses all by myself. This inspired me to become a fashion designer; however, destiny had other plans and I ended up becoming an actor. At the premiere, I wore a pink fluffy dress which fully embodied my bubbly spirit. It was really nice seeing real life artistes portraying Barbie on the silver-screen.

Sometimes you are seen selling newspapers; other times you are working as a bus conductor. Have you fallen on hard times?

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Haha! That’s my part time job. Jokes apart, those are my characters- it was really challenging to portray the harsh realities of a hawker and a bus helper as they have to work hard under such tiresome conditions. I am really grateful to my directors for bringing such unique stories to me and for being confident enough to take me for these roles.

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