When Israeli theatre director Gil Alon visited Pune in 2003, he had the interesting experience of playing the role of a British Viceroy in a Hindi movie 'The legend of Bhagat Singh'.

Guy Laliberte, Cirque du Soleil's founder and his ragtag group of stilt-walking, juggling and fire-breathing pals started out performing for fun and meal money at street fairs in Montreal. Laliberte, 43, and a fire-eater by trade, once lived on a bench in London. Today, he is sole proprietor of one of the biggest brands in entertainment since Disney.
('Cirque' Dreams Big by Steve Freiss, page 30, Newsweek, July 28, 2003).

The Kolkata-based Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe started out in 1977 as Stradivarius with a handful of young music enthusiasts who formed a choral group along with a few dancers. The group held its first performance at the Calcutta Doordarshan Television Centre in 1977. In 1978, the group was renamed Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe. (“Rhythmic tribute to the bard of Bengal” by Barsha Nag Bhowmick, Hindu, New Delhi, May 8, 2003).

California based Deivika Usha Narayan is an exponent of Arraiyar Sevai based Sringa Nrittyam. She has been featured in the Limca Book of Records for being the first to readapt Arrayar Sevai, the traditional theatrical dance form to the ambience of a stage and perform it –1979.

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