John Cooper

Wah! Wah! Girls

Credit: Steve Tanner

Wah! Wah! Girls
Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre

Wed, 2012-06-13

In Act 1 Scene 6 of Tanika Gupta’s Wah! Wah! Girls the 25 bus to Hackney Downs turns into a fishing ghat on the river Ganges. The ghat (set of steps) is wheeled off, carpets and hookahs are laid down, nawabs take their seats and a young nautch girl performs a rendition of Rekha’s ‘Dil Cheez’ from the 1981 Bollywood classic Umrao Jaan.

Thumri Rasrang



As part of Roehampton Dance Festival 2012
Terrace Room, Grove House, University of Roehampton 
21 May 2012

Image credit: Eulanda Shead 





On 17 May Dr. Margaret Walker, University of Ontario, delivered a lecture entitled ‘Subtle Glances and Graceful Stances: The Gentrification of Women’s Dance in North India’, followed by a performance of two thumris by kathak dancer Natalia Hildner. This double staging, part of the 2012 University of Roehampton Dance Festival, explored the history of kathak and its colonial precursor nautch.

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