Awara's dream sequence is comprised of three segments filmed in three different spaces which Gayatri Chatterjee in her National Award-winning book Awara sees as representing the "Earth-Hell-Heaven triptych." "Tere Bina Aag Yeh Chandni" is the name of the song for the first two segments (earth and hell) though some have listed the second hell segment as a separate song "Mujhko Chahiye Bahar." "Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi" is the song for the last segment (heaven).
The "Earth" and "Heaven" Segments
In the first and last segments, the dancers' graceful side-to-side movements, arm postures and trajectories, and hand gestures are clearly directly inspired by Shankar's choreographies especially Kartikeya and Rasa Leela (click on the links to watch them in Kalpana), and these movements are echoed in the "dancing" by lead Nargis as well. The arm movements the dancers are performing at the beginning of the clip below be seen in Amala Shankar's Manipuri dance, and the spins at 6:24 are also seen identically in Kalpana in a few places.
|Left: Awara Right: Kalpana Could it be any more obvious!|
Instead of doing a comparison video, I've displayed the dream sequence videos below and linked to or described the inspirations in this post. The first segment runs til 1:07, and the last segment starts at 2:46. Note: The official clip below leaves out the two-minute introduction featuring some imaginative set design and the introduction of the dancers; the whole dream sequence in its entirety can be viewed here.