Friday, 15 April 2016

Mystic India

If the reviews from international critics are anything to go by, the South African audience is in for a treat as the festive Bollywood music and dance spectacular, Mystic India, hits the stage at the Durban ICC on the 23rd April and at The Teatro Montecasino from the 29thApril to 1st May 2016.

Seen by over half a million people during countless worldwide performances and tours, Mystic India is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood music and dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India.

Featuring some 22 talented musicians, brilliant dancers, mind-boggling aerialists and acrobats, as well as 750 lavish costume changes, the show is bound to keep you at the edge of your seat. The flamboyant costumes and extravagant sets have been custom-designed in India’s film capital by a team of 40 creative designers and collaborators over the course of the last four years.

This production intertwines a mesmerizing combo: Traditional India meets the urban streets of Mumbai and New York. It is hip and trendy with all the glitter and bling to make it an all-out sensory sensation. This feast showcases Bollywood at its finest and audiences can brace themselves for an explosion of colour and energy. 

Audience members will be invited along for a festive journey through Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, and even through the evolution of Bollywood films via a visual display that fuses dance, theatre and special effects.

The celebratory production is directed and choreographed by the prominent choreographer and production master, Amit Shah, and produced by US-based AATMA Performing Arts, of which Shah is the founder and creative director.

Talking about Mystic India, Amit says, “If you have ever wanted to visit India, this production is your direct flight there. Mystic India will blow you all the way to the small villages of India to the fast-paced streets of Mumbai and New York. Audiences will get it all!

The female lead of Mystic India, Kruti Shah, is an internationally distinguished dancer and choreographer who shot to fame as a Top 10 finalist on the dance reality show, Just Dance.

Mystic India’s narrator, Sanjay Sahini, is originally from Delhi, India, and received his professional actor’s training at the acclaimed HB Studios in New York City. His breakout role was in the movie Khel Shuru in 2006, and since then he has gone on to perform in numerous films, theatre and off-Broadway productions.

Bringing the element of adventure to Mystic India, are the specialty acts, like the ancient sport of Mallakhamb and the aerial arts. The choreographer, trainer and performer in charge of constructing these stunning pieces into the show, is Rajesh Mudki. He hails from Mumbai, India, where he has devoted his life to these spectacular sports.

This larger-than-life Bollywood extravaganza will run at the Durban ICC on the 23rd April and at The Teatro Montecasino from the 29th April to 1st May 2016.  Tickets range between R185 and R485 and will be available through Computicket ( and its various retail outlets.  Bookings opened on the 23rd February. 

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