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At Shilpakala Academy, 7 pm today, a story of forgotten dreams and homes will be delineated through graceful Kathak dance. The recital will feature TV star Aupee Karim in one of the lead performances.

It was back in 1994 when Aupee had last danced on stage. After all these years, she is performing today at the auditorium of Music and Dance Centre, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The Daily Star caught up with the actress-dancer:

“Dance certainly differs from acting. The former requires a lot of practice and devotion. I used to be regular with my dance practice. But then there was a gap as I got entangled in other works. I'm excited to be dancing again. I'm not sure if I'm in top form but I'll definitely give it my best shot,” said Aupee.

Apart from Aupee, other dancers performing at the recital are: Tahnina Islam Jhumi, Farah Shahwar Jhunjhun and Snata Shahrin. “The composition is introspective,” said Aupee. “In the beginning I thought, it's not possible, but after a week it felt like it is possible and after 15 days the feeling was like 'bring it on'…”

Are you nervous?

Aupee: “Of course! For me it's a big day. I did perform classical dance abroad occasionally, but in the country it's going to be after more than a decade. I've been skipping TV plays all for the sake of this show. I have been asked what would I gain in return. My response is, 'confidence,' as that is what I need the most right now.”

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