Indulge in a private dance performance by one of the foremost classical dance troupes in Mumbai — Sankhya Dance Creations. Visit their studio located in Mumbai suburbs and treat yourself to enchanting music, graceful movements and traditional Bharatanatyam pieces. Also witness another genre of dance and music popular in Maharashtra —the Lavani, danced by women wearing nine-yard saris. Interact with the dancers over a scrumptious lunch spread and get an insight into the fine nuances of Indian dance, the discipline associated with classical art and the flow of creativity.
Meet your driver at the your hotel lobby at 9am. Proceed to Sankhya Dance Studio, founded by Vaibhav Arekar located near Borivali in the comfort of your private car. Be greeted with a cup of chai (tea) and snacks at the studio. Take a tour of the studio where the dancers spend their day practising, choreographing and teaching. You can also look through the stock of costumes, make-up and jewellery used by company dancers for performances.
Indian dance is a combination of story-telling and rhythmic movements. Stories are generally based upon myths of ancient India with larger-than-life characters and divine interventions. Watch some beautiful dance pieces from the traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire performed by the dancers of Sankhya.
Next, witness a dance spectacle popular as Lavani of Maharashtra. Lavani is a combination of traditional song and dance performed to the beats of Dholki, a percussion instrument. This dance form is noted for its powerful rhythm and has contributed substantially to the development of Marathi folk theatre. The songs in 'Lavani' are mostly erotic in sentiment and the dialogues tend to be pungent in socio-political satire.
Over lunch, interact with the dancers and get an insight into the dance scenario in Mumbai. Understand the finer nuances of Indian classical dance and if interested, even learn a step or two from the professionals!
Post lunch, proceed to your hotel or preferred destination in Mumbai in your private car.