Veteran Bollywood actress and dancer
Hema Malini has postponed her annual dance festival, Jaya
Smriti, as a mark of respect for late Shiv Sena supremo Bal
Thackeray, who died on 17 November..
Jaya Smriti is organised every year since 2010 by the
64-year-old actress in remembrance of her mother Jaya
Chakravarthi, who encouraged her to take up bharatanatyam.
Malini inaugurated the event at the Nehru Center here on
Friday but postponed the next two days' programme following
Thackeray's death on Saturday.
"Due to sad demise of Shri B Thackeray, Jaya Smriti on 17
& 18 Nov is postponed. I hope you all who love me will stand
by me in this situation," Malini posted on Twitter.
The new dates for the music and dance event are yet to be
This year, the festival was scheduled to host performances
by budding Indian classical dancers, besides workshops on
Odissi and Kathak.
Malini's company, Natyavihar Kalakendra also plans to
stage two productions as well as music recitals at the event.