Setting stage on fire

KATHMANDU: The seated audience stood up and started capturing images of Sonakshi Sinha with their cell phones as the Bollywood actress appeared on stage to perform for ‘Amar Panchhi: Rising from the Ashes’, a charity event organised by Nepalese Army Wives Association (NAWA) on May 14, at Tundikhel.

“Jaliko Aag Kehete Hain Bujhe Ko Raag Kehete Hein Kathmandu Me Jo Dhamaka Machane Aai Hain Use Sonakshi Kehete Hai,” the bubbly star said as she appeared on stage.

And indeed her dance performance was no less than a dhamaka. She elevated the excitement level of the event with her moves.

The audience, that had been eagerly waiting for her performance, were all excited as she performed to the tunes of DJ Wale Babu, Gandi Baat, Saari Ka Fall Sa.

And the excited audience also danced along with her.

“Namaste Kathmandu. Kasto Chha?” the actress said addressing the crowd after her performance. “You all have given me love and respect. You are a fantastic crowd. I have enjoyed in a performance after

a long time. I promise I will come again,” she said.

Sinha was one of the two Bollywood actress to share the stage with Nepali celebrities and together they all performed to raise funds for the earthquake victims of the Gorkha earthquake 2015.

And Bollywood item queen Malaika Arora wooed Nepali audience with her sensual moves in Anarkali Disco Chali — it was a treat for the eyes. Munni Badnaam Hui, Fevicol Se entertained the audience to the fullest.

“It was a wonderful evening. Thank you,” Arora said during

the event.

With a total of 40 crew members including 25 dancers, Sinha and Arora entertained the Nepali audience as they performed for a noble cause. Their dances were choreographed by Sanjey Shetty.

Renasha Rai was the choreographer of Nepali artistes — Priyanka Karki, Indira Joshi, Rekha Thapa, Sushma Karki, Keki Adhikari, Reecha Sharma, and Nisha Adhikari.

There were 50 backup dancers to accompany the artistes on stage.

The dances ranged from traditional to hip hop, and contemporary among others, and it was Priyanka who impressed the audience with Surke Thaili.

Along with her dance performance, Joshi also crooned her song Mannko Kura during the charity event.

The fund raised from nearly three-hour-long performance will be used for construction of schools and reconstruction of Dharahara.

The Himalayan Times was the exclusive media partner of the event.