By Arundhuti Banerjee
Baba Azmi and actor Danish Husain, who plays a central role in the film, agree with Shabana's viewpoint that the pursuit of a particular art can never be judged by one's religious identity or the origin of the art itself.
Shabana Azmi's thought process defines the theme of the film "Mee Raqsam", which released digitally this weekend. Pinterest
"If the origin of bharatnatyam lies in Hindu mythology, it is but obvious that the influences in the art form will come from Hindu gods and goddesses. The qawwali, for instance, is a form of music that emerged from Sufi tradition and Amir Khusrau, so it will have Islamic influences. Now, see how extremely talented Dhruv Sangari is as a qawwali singer. But qawwali doesn't come from Hindu mythology. That does not mean that one can question why Dhruv sings the qawwali. That is the barrier we have to break. Anyone, who is interested in an art form, can learn and practice it, irrespective of the origin of the art form."