A meeting with Bhavna, the first actress and dancer of the musical show “Bharati” 1 & 2. She describes herself as: Dancer, Actress(theatre mostly), Buddhist witch, Unapologetic dreamer, Transient warrior… Here is backstage, the interview I had with Bhavna after her Bharati show in Nantes (France).
LETIKA : Namaste Bhavna. We had met at the very beginning of your adventure in the musical comedy “Bharati”. How are you 10 years later?
Bhavna : I’m fine. The show has taken a lot of scale in Europe and our adventure is more and more rewarding.
LETIKA : What is your feeling after these 10 years of tours in France and Europe?
Bhavna : I realize that this experience is at the same time very important for me but also that it is ephemeral. I am recognized and considered in Europe whereas in India I am “a normal girl”!
LETIKA : To preserve your body, do you have a special diet when you’re on tour?
Bhavna : I’m a vegetarian, but I started eating fish recently. My meals are light before each show. After, I happen to eat a lot, depending on the energy spent on stage, but always healthy products. Sometimes I do not have a choice. I consume what is more natural and I prefer spicy snacks! I love various spice dishes. (“Pitta“).
LETIKA : Do you use the principles of life described by Ayurveda in your daily life?
Bhavna : My mother is a yoga teacher. She uses the principles of this medicine in her daily life and practice. I received from her her way of eating, according to Ayurvedic principles, and many ancestral knowledge that she still transmits to me. Thanks to her, my diet is adapted to my constitution and I remain in good health. She also teaches me yoga, but I do not practice regularly because I admit it bores me a little. I’m a little lazy sometimes (“Kapha”)!
LETIKA : In Mumbai, the city where we were born, and where do you live, what are your daily beauty rituals?
Bhavna : My ritual is basic. Everything happens after my shower. I apply to my face a treatment with sunscreen. This is the most important thing when you live in Bombay. When I remove makeup in the evening I pay attention that there is no trace left. If I feel a little embarrassment, it prevents me from sleeping well! My skin needs a lot of moisture, because at night the air conditioning dries up a lot. When I am in Europe I need to moisturize it even more because the weather is much drier. The hydration of my skin is morning and evening.
LETIKA : Do you have time to walk around, to recharge your batteries in this gigantic city?
Bhavna : Yes. It’s the dance that feeds me. Sometimes I spend a day in a spa. In short, simple things, finally …
LETIKA : Do you feel concerned or committed to a specific cause, or humanitarian?
Bhavna : Yes. I am a vegetarian and I am rather against the use of animal products. But I am not strict with others or with myself. For example, for the scene I need a lot of makeup. But it’s very difficult to find makeup without animal substances. But when it is possible to have one, it is a priority. I have a project of humanitarian mission: to work with associations that accompany children physically or mentally handicapped. When meeting with these children, I saw that they all loved dancing! I would like to set up a small school for her children in Mumbai.
LETIKA : Do you use your own care for the show, or do you bring your products from India?
Bhavna : For the show I buy my own makeup, I use rather conventional brands for professionals because I have no choice and I buy it in India or Europe.
LETIKA : Do you carry LETIKA products with you? Do you use them? What do you think?
Bhavna : The first time I tested LETIKA I loved it. I continue to use them after my shows in Europe. The second time I received LETIKA products, I shared them with my mom. She was conquered. LETIKA is validated by the PANI family! And as soon as I have no more product, I will go buy them on the site, because you also sell in India?
2 years later… LETIKA : Since the end of Bharati, what did you become Bhavna? …
Bhavna : Since the end of the Bharati tour, I returned to live in Bombay, in my house in Juhu. I work for the theater and I am an actress in several Bollywood productions. I work with beautiful people and I carry out actions of which I am really proud. I reach the golden phase of my professional life.
You can follow the news of Bhavna, in her official Instagram account : https://www.instagram.com/panibhavna/