- Mohabbat The Taj, a unique dance drama

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The world of romance and eternal love personified in the epic love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved Mumtaz Mahal is woven into this mesmerising dance drama Mohabbat The Taj.

Set in the 16th century, the dance-drama portrays the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era. This theatrical milestone has been specially brought to Delhi by Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre, Agra in association with Al-Noor Charitable Society.

Ashok Kumar Jain, Chairman of Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Centre, who conceptualised this play as a means of reigniting interest in the culture and history of India, amongst Indians and as well as foreign tourists says, "This memorable journey into the history will revive cultural history and present the enriched cultural legacy of our country to the world."

Scripted with dialogues by Jalees Sherwani and ghazals sung by Roop Kumar Rathod and Kavita Krishnamurthy, the musical has larger-than life sets. The 80-minute show, the centrepiece of which is a replica of Mughal architecture in Makrana marble weighing 8,500 kg with inlay work, presents various moods and shades, very much like the monument Taj does during different hours of the day.

Embellished costumes and the extravagant stage setting make for an interesting portrayal of the 16th century and allow one to see Mughal grandeur coming alive.

When Mrs Salma Ansari, wife of the vice president of India, witnessed this saga of love on a recent trip to Agra, she convinced Mr Jain to bring this musical extravaganza to Delhi. Says Mr Jain, "I have been to many countries and whenever I watched their heritage shows, I wondered why can't we do the same. We had far more history and heritage in our monuments."

Mr Jain then conceptualised a show, which kept the love saga of Mumtaz and Shah Jehan as its central theme but explored the cultural depths of India. However, the capsule which was presented in Delhi for a preview seemed fit only to cater to a foreign tourist.

Those interested in catching this piece of history in action, however, have the option of watching this show everyday in the backdrop of Taj Mahal every evening at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre, Agra. Audio gadgets are available making it possible for visitors to hear the lines in their own language, be it German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Persian, French, Russian, Hindi or English.

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