The popular touring kids’ show “Sesame Street Live” is introducing audiences across America to its first Indian character.
Chamki, a character on the Indian version of the show titled “Galli Galli Sim Sim,” appears on the U.S. tour as a friend of Grover’s who is newly arrived in the United States from India.
“It’s all about making new friends and getting to know people from different cultures than you,” performance director Joy Carlson told Delmarva Now, a community news site in Salisbury, Conn., one of the towns where the tour is touching down on its 2013-2014 nationwide tour. “Grover will have his friend Chamki come to visit, and she’s from India. So it’s really a nice layout of introducing his friend who’s from another country, and learning from her, and she learns from all her new friends on Sesame Street.”
According to Carlson, Chamki will perform cool dance moves to “Jai Ho,” A.R. Rahman’s Oscar-winning song from the hit film “Slumdog Millionaire.”
“We have some great parodies in the show as well. We do ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ but we call it ‘Moves Like Burt,’ and Telly Monster and Cookie Monster show everyone their cool dance moves, and even Chamki joins in,” Carlson told Delmarva Now. “We like to get all of the kids up on their feet and dancing through the show.”
Viewers of the PBS series “Sesame Street” know that the show also features a live action Indian American character: Leela, played by Nitya Vidyasagar.
As published on Indiawest