Despite her preoccupation with films, Hema Malini has always taken
out time to promote Indian classical dance and music. Back in 1972, her
family had set up an institute called Natyavihar Kala Kendra for this
purpose. Now, with 'Jaya Smriti', Hema wants to further the cause by
giving young talent a platform to showcase their skills and encourage them
to pursue the arts.
Started in 2005 in the memory of her mother Jaya Chakravarthy (who
passed away in 2004), 'Jaya Smriti' is held every year around 25 June, her
mother's death anniversary. This year however, it will be held a day before
at the Iskon auditorium. Says Hema, "My mother worshipped art and
always promoted it, so I thought this was the best homage to her. 'Jaya
Smriti' invites young performers from across India."
Reminiscing about her mother, Hema says, "I owe my success to her.
I was just a normal school-going girl; she recognised the potential in me. I
wish every mother was like her who would recognise their child's potential
and train them."
Hema says she wants to see her institute branch out, but is not getting
enough support. "I've been struggling for the last ten years to get a piece of
land to run my institute, but I am not getting any support from the
government of Maharashtra. It appears that nobody is interested in
promoting the arts," she laments.
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