The syncretism of Versha Magan – a Decade of Jazzy Masala and Deewangi Dance

Author: JT Comms
Date: 17 Aug 2017

Internationally celebrated choreographer and dancer Versha Magan continues to shape South African Indian contemporary and Bollywood Fusion dance. Her recent production proves that Magan is experienced and has artistically grown in her approach.


Titled Deewangi, the piece explores the concept of movement and freedom, using dance as a medium.


The freedom to move is fundamental to our evolution.  When people are free to explore, grow and move, they’re free to fulfill their potential and realise their dreams says Versha Magan.


Magan’s passion and drive for dancing has earned her a respected name in the entertainment industry and she is leaving behind evolutionary footprints in dance.


Deewangi brings you just that, arealisation of dreams.  With a spectacular array of dance, exploring a variety of genressuch as Bollywood, Classical Kathak, Hip-hop and contemporary, itcapturespure heart and soul.The productionpromises to be rich, vibrant, soulful and entertaining with its choicest foot tapping Bollywood music and more.


With a cast of over 100 dancers whocreate magic,engage and enthrall audiences from start to finish, Deewangi also sees a 10 year celebration of Versha Magan; founder of the Jazzy Masala dance academy as an artistic directorand producer. The dance academy teaches an amalgam of dance forms, with a strong foundation in North Indian classical dance.


Versha, who left a lucrative career in the corporate world to pursue a dream, has been working tirelessly on Deewangi and is excited about the milestone her academy has achieved, citing “Ihave been fortunate to follow my passion; such that it has allowed me to work in a space that adds value to my soul and a space that allows creativity to influence social cohesion through dance. Seeing the results of the hard work that is put in a production makes it all worthwhile and more. Having people and fellow dancers commit to seeing your vision become a reality, that’s remarkable. Believing everything is possible is what makes the whole thing magical.”


Deewangi opens on September 16 at 20:30 at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg and tickets can be bought at Computicket.


Jazzy Masala would like to thank Shereno Printers, Kolor World and BASA for their unwavering support.


For media queries, interview requests and access to high resolution publicity photos contact JT Comms on media@jtcomms.co.za or call (011) 788 7632


Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Versha Magan and Jazzy Masala Creative



Among her many career highlights her choreography with Surya in 2007 and Garam Masala a year later which was showcased at the FNB Dance Umbrella. 18 dance productions with Dr Lalloo. She assisted with the choreography for the internationally acclaimed 2006 production of Red by Raza Jaffrey who performed in Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Magan also assisted with the choreography in the production of Fusion, by Tyrone Watkins and choreographed the Bollywood dance scenes as well as played a supporting role in South Africa’s comedy king, Leon Schuster’s, Mr Bones II – Back from the Past. Magan also played a role in the popular local soapie Isidingo where she played the character of Meera. Performance for Mr Mahendra Modi (Priminister of India) 2016


Her previous productions include Naach (2009), Dil Se (2010), Desh Ya Pardes (2010), Armaan (2011), Rang (2012), Footprints of a Dancer (2013) and Badtamasti (2014),Badtamsti Returns (2015), Dansation (2015), Dance ka Josh (2016)

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