Today I have decided to do something (slightly different) that I haven’t done in a few years – that is, post some dances from the Indian Dance Group Mayuri, who are based in Petrozavodsk, Russia. I posted a solid block of Mayuri dancing to classic Hindi film songs back in January 2011. Then on August 24, 2012, I posted their New York City performance of “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu,” which took place at the bottom of Manhattan, across the street from the Staten Island Ferry.
The films that the following dances come from came out at different times between the early’60s and the present decade. (The first dance is from a film made in the present decade, and it is not even Hindi; it’s Marathi.) But Mayuri cover a wide range of time periods, and I wanted to show some of their best (in addition to the dances that I already showed before). Some of these dances are solos also. In fact, I have realized that most of them are solos this time. Unfortunately, they don’t usually name the solo dancers in their videos. But you can go to the About section of their Web site if you want to see pics of their soloists with names next to them (and try to figure out who did what), and you also can read about their leader and founder, Vera Evgrafova.
Anyway. enough details. I won’t name the films or musical sources because it’s more fun to recognize them on your own or look them up (plus, if you go to the original YouTube posting, they often list them there). In many cases, you’ll find that a Dance Group Mayuri performance is as good as the original – if not better!