Group photo with director/choreographer Shama Bhate after a triumphant premiere of Nadroop’s “I have a role, too!’ – Shama Bhate’s dance-theatre performed in Pune 28 Feb 2015 inspired by the Mahabharata. Bizarre rain did not deter the premiere of this spectacular production which featured a seamless inclusion of 7 Indian dance styles on stage (Vyjayanti Kashi – Kunti/Kuchipudi, Gopika Varma – Ghandari/Mohini Attam, Ramli Ibrahim – Yudhisthira/Odissi, Dr Kannan – Bhisma/Kathakali, Vaibhav Arekar – Karna/Bharatanatyam, Ameera Pathankar – Draupadi/Kathak and Rakesh Sai Baboo – Duryodhana/Mayurbhanj Chhau. The 16 Kathak dances from Nad Roop rained the stage with curtain flourishes while the 4 male Mayurbhanj dancers provided the exhilarating aerial leaps to give the production the ‘wow’ factor and contrast. The group performed to a delighted audience in another hall with only general lighting. The production should to be seen once again with its entire multi-media concept intact. Not only that, it must tour the rest of India (and perhaps to Malaysia?) to show that Pune has got what it takes in terms of dance and choreographic talent which needs to be nationally and internationally recognised…