“Taj Express” shares India’s rich traditions in dance and music through telling the stories of Shankar, a composer creating music for a new film, and a Bollywood film star who falls in love with the owner of a dance school.
Performance Santa Fe presents this elaborate, multi-media extravaganza on April 12 with musical numbers fusing eastern and western sounds.
Some of the dances have traditional Bollywood choreography, while others have a contemporary flair that merge classical Indian forms with hip hop and salsa.
“The show has gone through some major changes since I joined the cast early this year,” explains Mikhail Sen, who assumes the roles of Shankar and the production’s narrator. “It has a new storyline, some new songs out of Bollywood and revised choreography. One of the most exciting and powerful things about this show is that we have three live musicians on stage who play the guitar, flute and percussion.”
“Taj Express,” which is produced, directed and choreographed by sisters Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, is not only the name of the show but of a train in India. In the second half of the performance, the lead characters take an imaginary train trip through India on the Taj Express where they experience, along with the audience, the variety of cultures that make up this diverse and fascinating country.