Saw the movie Sholay, then fell in love with Hema Malini
Marina Kurilovich is from Ukraine. Despite this, she is a skilled dancer of Bharatanatyam. No one in his family has had any relation with art even far and wide. Yet Marina’s interest and passion for dance brought her to India. Marina is one of the twin daughters of an economist mother and an engineer father.
Marina has a lot of affection for India since childhood. She has been very fond of Hindi films. She says, “When I was younger, I loved Hindi films, the makeup and dance of their heroines so much that I never missed any opportunity to watch them. When I saw Sholay at the age of thirteen, I fell in love with Hema Malini. Then I started imitating everything from his clothes to his speech.
How did you develop your love for dance? Marina says that I became fond of dancing only after watching Hindi films. I used to practice the dance gestures seen in the movies by standing in front of the mirror for hours. Then only one thought always came in my mind that I wish I could learn dance from an Indian guru!
She tells about coming to India, ‘I used to dance self-contained in Ukraine. My parents also always encouraged me. While finishing my university education, I had established my own dance troupe named ‘Lakshmi’. We got the first prize for our dance drama performed at Khajuraho in Indian dance festival. That’s when I came to know that the Indian government gives scholarships to foreign students to learn dance in India. I reluctantly sent the form to the embassy. When I got the news of my selection, I was overjoyed. This is how I came to India to learn dance.
At present, Marina is taking education in Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Classical Music and Mridangam from Guru Sarojaji. She wants to be fully proficient in Bharatanatyam. Marina has completed Arangetram in dance. When she goes to Ukraine on holidays, she also teaches Bharatanatyam to her disciples there. He has also learned Hindi and Tamil. He has translated Guruji’s book into Russian.
Marina, 34, is not married yet. Explaining the reason for this, she says, ‘I was lost in my dance as Meera in Krishna.’ But after touching the heights of dance, now Marina is looking for someone who can accompany her in her dance. Adopt and love.
Marina is also very conscious about women’s rights. This foreign dancer, deeply immersed in Bharatanatyam, says that after marriage, the husband should respect the work of the wife and the wife should also focus on her career along with the family. Especially after marriage, the art of an artist should not be violated at all.
Marina is very fond of not only Bharatnatyam, but also Indian culture. He is particularly impressed by the family values here. She says, ‘I have a strong desire to share the virtues of Indian culture and classical dance to the girls of Ukraine.’
Maharani Teejan Bai of Pandwani
On that day Teejan was in full color at the venue of ‘Dilli Haat’. Bhima has become on the Teejan stage with 6 burras in his hand. shouts in a loud voice – Duryodhana! With this, the tremendous beat of the dholak resonates. And in sync with the beat of the beat, another voice explodes – Aichha. This Pandwani (Kapalik) style is a special style of Teejan.
In this wonderful style, Teejan narrates the entire story of Pandavas. Now there is Bhima, then after two minutes Duryodhana or Draupadi. As the role changes, Teejan’s expressions change. The ups and downs of the voice also happen accordingly. With this unique style of walking, turning and speaking, Teejan has earned a name not only in the country but also in foreign countries. In typical Chhatisgarhi style, he narrated the entire story of Pandavas at Dilli Haat on January 4.
Teejan, a native of Attari (Patan) village of Durg district of Chhattisgarh, belongs to a Khanti desi family. No one had any relation with art even remotely. Making mats and brooms was the family occupation of his family members. But Teigen was not at all interested in this work. His heart was engrossed in singing since childhood. Teigen never learned to sing from a guru. Nor did he ever try to give the program. She says, “Once I start performing on stage, I start singing on my own. By the way, if I want to sing, maybe I can not sing properly.’ She says about the beginning of singing on the stage, ‘I used to sing like this. Then the people of the village felt that I could sing, so they made me stand on the stage. People started liking my song.
Teejan started singing with Chhasasgarhi song – Suva, Padki, Karma, Dadriya and Bamboo Geet etc. After hearing the story of Pandavas from his maternal grandfather Brijlal Pardhi, he developed his new style of singing ‘Pandavani’ (Kapalik). For the first time in this style, at the age of 13, he gave a program in Chandkhura village of his district.
This journey of Teejan’s art which started from Attari of Chhattisgarh has reached many countries like France, Switzerland, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, Tunisia, Mauritius etc. Teejan was honored with the Padma Shri in 1988. She has also been awarded with many honors like Sangeet-Natak Academy, Mahila Navratna, Guru-disciple tradition, Shiromani Devi Ahilya etc. Teejan works in the cultural department of Bhilai Steel Plant.
Teigen credits this fame to her fans. She says, ‘Wherever I go, I am blessed by all.