Sudarshan & Sreelekha presented Sri Returns: Stories of the Diva at Abanindranath Gallery (ICCR) on Bollywood diva Sri Devi’s birthday. It was an endeavour to look back at an icon who traversed age and time with her beauty and histrionics.
Pop-up performances enlivened the gallery as storytellers Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee and Agnimitra Paul walked the audience through everlasting memories of Sridevi. Performances by Debleena Dutt Mukherjee, Sonalee Chowdhuri, Rupanjana Mitra, Sidhu, Ritika Sahni, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Jojo Muherjee, Dishari Chakraborty, Sreelekha Mitra and Sudarshan Chakravorty with Sapphire mesmerized audience.
There were special felicitations of Usha Uthup, the ‘naki bandi’ connect of Sri Devi besides Priya Bhattacharya the Judai song (Raat Ko Neend Ati Nahin) fame. Sudarshan introduced the SAPPHIRE QUARTERLY ARTS SERIES running in its 8th year and this being edition XXXIV, Agnimitra introduced concept of Sri Returns read out a letter penned by her own in memory of Sridevi. Debleena danced playful songs (kisi ki haath an aayegi, hawa hawai, taki o taki), Ritika sang a playful song , the title track of Rup Ki Rani Choron ka Raja.
Last but not the least Sudarshan celebrated Sridevi as a dancer (Mein Teri dushman from Nagina and Nainon mein sapna). This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony celebrating the birthdays of both Sri Devi and Sudarshan who turned 45 on the same day.
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