Looking forward to thrill-filled new year

‘Papa’ takes the stage at Oshwal centre on Friday

Sunday January 17 2016

A fireworks display in Nairobi during celebrations to usher in the new year on January 1, 2016. Picking up cue from an entertaining 2015, show goers can be assured of yet another year of exciting and loveable activity this year. PHOTO | FILE

A fireworks display in Nairobi during celebrations to usher in the new year on January 1, 2016. Picking up cue from an entertaining 2015, show goers can be assured of yet another year of exciting and loveable activity this year. PHOTO | FILE 

By ALLAUDIN QURESHI
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The last 12 months have yielded some memorable cultural events. Fans of theatre, dance and music were treated to unforgettable performances from local and international artistes.

Navrang Fine Arts Foundation lived up to its promise to provide authentic classical shows. Its shows of Indian classical dance form Kathak dubbed Ghungroo earlier in the year and later “An Evening with Kaushiki” featuring an all-female musical group were entertaining and enlightening experiences.

Bollywood’s heartthrob, actor, singer and director Farhan Akhtar mesmerised Kenyans with his Zinda Ho Tum musical promoted by radio station East FM.

THRILLING PRODUCTION

Ranee’s Production brought us Bollywood’s Badshah Mika Singh spiced up with Baby Doll love portions and served by singer Kanika Kapoor.

The singing siblings Saleem and Suleiman always leave fans asking for more and their return visit in 2015 was no different.

Comedies all the way from Mumbai lead by Gujarati thespian Siddharath Randeria and promoted by Sailesh and Mehul Savani have an ardent fan following here. Their presentations were received heartily.

Shows put up by our own artistic, creative and enterprising entertainers were equally unforgettable.

Hoodwink9 Theatre’s innovative Simba, based on the immensely successful animated movie and Broadway musical The Lion King was a perfect blend of music, drama, romance, comedy and theatrical thrill. It certainly was a local production to be proud of. The other Kenyan theatrical event worth mention was Aperture Productions’ Out of Order, a British comedy by Ray Cooney exquisitely handled and directed by Amar Desai with a local angle. It was a winner.

Classical and traditional dance expositions by Kamini’s School of Dancing and Nritalaya featuring Kenyan talent were also thrilling.

In a special tribute to our local singers, dancers and musicians, you have propagated and kept  our heritage alive in a grand manner for which I salute you.

Picking up cue from an entertaining 2015, show goers can be assured of yet another year of exciting and loveable activity this year. I wish you happy and enjoyable show going in 2016.

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