News: Wah! Wah! Girls

Wednesday 16 May 2012 by Sarah Golding

Wah! Wah! Girls. Photo: Steve Tanner

Tanika Gupta has written a new musical, Wah! Wah! Girls, now showing at the Peacock Theatre until 23 June.

Gupta discusses the role of mujra dancers in 16th-century Mughal India, the secretive underground version of murja dancing in Britain today, and how these themes and Bollywood films have informed Wah! Wah! Girls,
“I have drawn on dimensions of the Bollywood tradition, which takes its influences from almost every dance form — Indian classical, samba, salsa, Latin, jazz, as well as 21st-century club classics — and Wah! Wah! Girls celebrates both the ancient form of mujra and contemporary styles, in a score by Niraj Chag.”

Read the full article, Evening Standard, Tanika Gupta, 16 May.12

Radhika Iyengar talked to Tanika Gupta about how Wah! Wah! Girls came together,
“Wah! Wah! Girls took Tanika three years to craft. During this period she interviewed the women who worked at mujra clubs, and also revisited cinematic masterpieces like Pakeezah, Umrao Jaan and Mughal-e-Azam to get a sense of both the worlds – then and now.”
Platform, 25 May.12

Wah! Wah! Girls is at the Peacock Theatre 24 May – 23 June 2012
Online booking

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