This piece has been a long time in the making for me. I loved this song from Bajirao Mastani and was so inspired by the look and beauty of the whole film. I started choreographing this piece back in June 2016 and finally brought it to life as part of Roots: A Journey Through India – my travelling stage show (learn more at www.shereenladha.com/roots). I love everything about Aayat (and Bajirao Mastani) from its epic Bollywood proportions to the graceful dancing with Indian classical movement and the lyrics to every song.
Artist Statement: An Aayat in this song is used to describe Bajirao’s love for Mastani. The song uses the analogies of Zikr – repeated prayers – to express how he constantly remembers her. It was this notion of repetition that I wove into the choreography to pay tribute to that.
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Thank you to my team that helped me bring this piece to life:
My outfit & Jewelry courtesy of: Chandan Fashion (@chandanfashion)
My angels: Shaila Premji (@shailapremji), Simran Manghirmalani (@sim_sim_ma), Manushi Patel (@manushi.patel), and Felicia Hyman (@fefenostalgia)
My videographer: Gowtham Ratnaraj (@gothamTO)
My on set assistant: Rahim Printer (@printerror1)
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Singer: Arijit Singh
Qawwali vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shadab & Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Lyrics: A.M Turaz
Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz
Arranged by: Shail-Pritesh
Rythm Arranger: Nitin Shankar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by: Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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