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(V) India Slum Dancer - VOICE US-based Indian classical dancer teaches slum children traditional dancing
12/25/2002
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TAPE: EF02/1087 IN_TIME: 00:14:02 DURATION: 1:41 SOURCES: APTN RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Kolkata, West Bengal State - Recent VOICED BY RICHARD VAUGHAN SHOTLIST: 00:00 Wide shot slum 00:04 Mid shot of slum children 00:09 Various of dancer Chitresh Das conducting dance workshop for slum children 00:20 Child dancing 00:24 Wide of children dancing 00:29 Close-up of children's feel as they dance 00:33 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chitresh Das, Indian dance teacher: "They are coming from such humble background, when you are talking to them then you feel that they have a different life and yet they are full of life, so full of life." 00:45 Various of Bhola Sheikh, a child worker living in the slum, with his family 00:53 Wide of Bhola working at printing press 00:58 Close-up of his face as he works 01:01 SOUNDBITE: (Bengali) Bhola Sheikh, slum child: "There (at the workplace) I don't like it so much - but I like it here very much." 01:07 Various of Celine Das, wife of Chitresh Das, at workshop with slum children 01:14 SOUNDBITE: (English) Celine Das, dancer and wife of Chitresh Das: "For these children to know that there is hope, that there is something that relates to them as human beings, not just animals but as humans, as a community, as a people, it is so important." 01:27 Various of slum children on stage, performing a play 01:41 Vision ends STORYLINE A dance teacher and his wife who are based in America have travelled to Kolkata in India's West Bengal State to introduce the city's slum children to traditional dance. Chitresh Das is an Indian classical dancer who has been living in San Francisco for the last three decades teaching the Indian dance form "Kathak" at his school for performing arts. At a recent workshop, Chitresh taught the basic skills of this north Indian dance form to underprivileged children from Kolkota's shanty towns. VOICE-OVER: 00:02 There is real poverty in these slums. 00:05 Most children living here don't have much to look forward to. 00:08 But an Indian classical dancer who has been living in America has returned to bring a little joy into some of their lives. 00:16 For the last three decades Chitresh Das has been teaching the traditional dance form "Kathak" (Katak) at his school for performing arts in San Francisco. 00:24 But now he's returned to teach this north Indian dance form to underprivileged children. Watching them transform has made it all worthwhile for Chitresh. 00:33 SOUNDBITE: Chitresh Das, Indian dance teacher "They are coming from such humble background, when you are talking to them then you feel that they have a different life and yet they are full of life, so full of life." 00:44 Ten-year-old Bhola Sheikh lives in the slums with his family, it's a very different life to the dance world. He's so young, but already he has to work for a living. Cleaning the machines at a printing press. But he knows where he'd rather be. 01:01 SOUNDBITE: (Bengali) Bhola Sheikh, slum child: "I don't like it so much at the printing press - but I like it here very much," he says. 01:07 Chitresh's wife is Californian. She's found working with the slum children an uplifting experience. SOUNDBITE: (English) Celine Das, dancer and wife of Chitresh Das: "For these children to know that there is hope, that there is something that relates to them as human beings, not just animals but as humans, as a community, as a people, it is so important." 01:27 With the skills learnt from Chitresh and his wife the children have helped put together a theatre performance based on their life in the slums. The audience was left spellbound and Chitresh has promised to return.
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