Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla’s Film Celebrates Male Performer Noor Zora Doing The Giddha
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Celebrated designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s ‘The Glory of Giddha,’ a short film by the duo, features Noor Zora, the first-ever male performer of the traditionally female folk dance, giddha.
Khosla, who is a native of Kapurthala, was fascinated by Noor Zora, the first-ever male performer of the dance form. He is the leader of the Noor Zora group and enlists other men to perform with him.
For this project, the designers specifically created clothing with complex tailoring and multicolor silks that shimmer with Zardozi and Gota embroidery.
Giddha creates poems on the spot at weddings, drawing inspiration from the bride and husband. Performers frequently sing and move their feet to a rhythm they create with their breath instead of using any musical instruments. Their presence fills the space with the vibrant spirit that is so typical of the north Indian state as they sing and clap to the rhythm of their music while wearing bright clothing like jhumkis, tikkas, and parandas.
Says Khosla, “I have been familiar with giddha all my life. When Abu and I met for the first time, that same year we went to my hometown for Lohri celebrations. I remember how fascinated Abu was! Seeing Noor Zora made us nostalgic for that moment and we decided to honor that memory through this film.”
“Our work has always been a creative amalgamation of love and audacity. This film unites our most cherished ones with a Giddha group that dares to redefine our culture. It is all about happiness, freedom, and the ability to enjoy oneself,” he said.
Noor Zora meanwhile said, “There were those in our community who made fun of me and passed snide comments behind my back. But it never deterred me from my passion and dedication to my dancing. You must be devoted to your art and determined to fulfill a dream. Acceptance will happen it cannot be the reason for your craft. That is the real key. To want to excel and hone your craft. To innovate and create something new and extraordinary.”