Gurugram is nice, beau­ti­ful, and dif­fer­ent from Delhi: Gracy Singh

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - MY CITY - Naina Arora naina.arora@ht­dig­i­tal.in

Per­form­ing with a poise and el­e­gance that is syn­ony­mous with her very name, ac­tor Gracy Singh re­cently left the Cap­i­tal’s au­di­ence in awe at her dance per­for­mance. The two-hour dance drama in Delhi and Gurugram saw Gracy and her troupe per­form a blend of clas­si­cal dance styles such as Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and Ma­nipuri.

Gracy says per­form­ing live is a “spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence” for her. She ex­plains the con­cept be­hind the chore­og­ra­phy: “[The dance] de­picts each and ev­ery place, which is sym­bolic of the di­vine love of Radha Kr­ishna. A devo­tee trav­els through all the tem­ples and de­scribes the beauty of ev­ery place in Vrin­da­van, and why it’s known as heaven on earth.”

The Munnab­hai MBBS (2003) ac­tor was in­tro­duced to clas­si­cal dance be­cause of veteran ac­tor, MP and danseuse Hema Malini. Shar­ing an anec­dote, Gracy says, “I was al­ways in­ter­ested [in the form] as a child and learned it a lit­tle bit, but not prop­erly fol­lowed it as a pro­fes­sion. I came to Mum­bai (sic), and dur­ing Amanat’s (TV se­rial) shoot, I was in­tro­duced to Hema Malini. There I met Deepak ji (guru Deepak Mazum­dar), who used to also com­pose for He­maji’s shows. Along with act­ing I started learn­ing and per­form­ing as well. Since then I have not left danc­ing,” says the ac­tor, who formed her troupe in 2009.

Gracy’s role in La­gaan (2001) is etched in peo­ple’s hearts even to­day. And though stage projects keep her busy, she misses work­ing in films. “I’m wait­ing for the right project. I will be back to act­ing next year,” she says, laud­ing to­day’s films. “Tech­ni­cally, it’s very dif­fer­ent to­day. We are see­ing very good film­mak­ers and con­fi­dent ac­tors,” she adds.

Gracy, who was born and brought up in Delhi, owns a house in Gurugram, and vis­its the city ev­ery two months to meet her niece and neph­ews. “My fam­ily shifted to Gurugram from Delhi two years back be­cause of the stud­ies of my sis­ter’s chil­dren. They felt the sur­round­ings were bet­ter. It’s very nice, beau­ti­ful place, dif­fer­ent from Delhi, be­cause of apart­ments and so­ci­eties,” shares Gracy.

My fam­ily shifted to Gurugram from Delhi two years back be­cause of the stud­ies of my sis­ter’s chil­dren. They felt the sur­round­ings were bet­ter.

GRACY SINGH ACTORDANCER, ON THE MIL­LEN­NIUM CITY

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

Ac­tor­dancer Gracy Singh, dur­ing her re­cent per­for­mance in the Cap­i­tal

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