‘Huma’ is an Arabic folklore in regards to the celestial chicken with wish-fulfilling powers. ’ It took the viewers by the trajectory of failure and success, sorrow and pleasure whereas reinventing itself. Scripted, designed, and directed by the delicate poet and filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, the musical (produced by spouse Meera Ali), was offered just lately by the Delhi chapter of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Business’s Girls Organisation on the Lotus Temple in New Delhi.
A agency believer and promoter of the intangible cultural heritage of Awadh, Muzaffar Ali had conceived the ballet in a approach that it introduced alive the essence of the dear inheritance by poetry, music, dance, costumes, and stage decor. The tastefully designed Awadhi conventional costumes by Meera Ali from the Home of Kotwara and the Kathak-based choreography by Shinjini Kulkarni, the granddaughter of Pt. Birju Maharaj, added sophistication and delicate nuances to the fascinating present.
The Urdu couplet “Huma ek parinda-e-khwaab hai, jo na dikhaai de, na sunaai de…”, written and recited by Muzaffar Ali, offered an ideal literary and musical background to the opening sequence with Huma draped in a fragile white costume performing a duet with its shadow to the qawwali ‘Naqsh-o-nigaah, parda-o-dar dekhte rahe / Kya dekhte hum unko magar dekhte rahe’; incorporating the thaat, aamad, paran-aamad and extra. The sleek Shinjini as Huma and her shadow (Neha Mishra) additionally indulged in an sawaal-jawaab.
The storyline defining everlasting love, primarily based on sequences of assembly, separation, and the ultimate union, imaginatively used Urdu lyrics reminiscent of ‘Dhadakte dil ka naazuk sa fasana…’ and Awadhi folks songs like ‘Oh re extra pardesi balamuva, kaise kate din-raat/Nis-din tadpat bitat raina, tum bin kachhu na suhaat’ set to the lilting Chaanchar Theka of Deepchandi Taal, the place the concluding Kaherwa Laggi was matched with crisp footwork. These had been soulfully sung by the normal qawwals Shahid Niyazi and group from Rampur. Shinjini and Neha together with the three male dancers (Mayukh Bhattacharya, Hitesh Gangani, and Mohit Shridhar) carried the storyline with the specified finesse.
Huma climaxed with the ‘Rang’ composed by Amir Khusro ‘Aaj rang hai ri maan rang hai ri,’ culminating into the verse ‘Khosro rain suhaag ki, principal jaagi piyu ke sang/Tan mora rang piyu ka so dou bhaye ek rang’. When, within the phrases of Muzaffar Ali, ‘Pairon ki thaap aur dil ki dhadkan ek ho gayen’ (when the sound of the ghunghroos and heartbeats of the viewers grew to become one) Summing all of it up he additional defined, “Huma is the story of the chicken and its shadow symbolises the human soul and its false ego. When it turns into free, bereft of the ego, the soul merges with the divine.”