Asian Music and Dance, London, UK, April 16, 2011
In the dissolution of love blends two stories — two cultures, two distinctly different ethos and styles and two strains of enduring influences, Heer Ranjha and Kutralakuravanji blur into one stunning whole through the eyes of Navtej Singh Johar.
Deccan Chronicle, December 4, 2006
The Indian Express, December 4, 2006
Gowri Ramnarayan, The Hindu, December 5, 2006
Bharatanatyam-based 'Fana'a: Ranjha Revisited' – with a highly nuanced performance by Navtej Johar and the accompanying Sufi music by Madan Gopal Singh – was arguably one of the best choreographic works of the year.
Utpal K. Banerjee, Attendance: The Dance Annual of India 2005-06
Drawing inspiration from traditional love poetry and motifs from myth, but very contemporary in perception and blurring of distinctive identity boundaries of regions, of gender, or of dance style, brilliantly visualized in body language fusing Bharatanatyam, Chhau and Modern Dance was "Fana'a" choreographed by Navtej Johar.
Leela Venkatraman, The Hindu, New Delhi, 4th February, 2006
Each moment was a treat, to savour long after it was over, as Navtej Johar and Madan Gopal Singh rendered magic . . . Navtej Johar, who has redefined the Punjabi male machismo, presented his dance drama 'Fana'a: Ranjha Revisited' to soul-wrenching Sufi singing of Madan Gopal Singh, accompanied by Rekha Raj. Johar combined classical elements of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, with the avante-garde; and pirouettes and swinging trances reminiscent of dervishes, to weave a beautiful presentation which defied categorisation. Johar blurred the boundaries of various forms as imperceptibly they led to one another, to and fro.
The powerful anguish in Madan Gopal's voice was a performance in itself as was Johar's expression and dancing. The two could be enjoyed separately as well as in unison as Ranjha changed into Shiva, Vasantvalli, Sakhi, and Heer
The Tribune, Chandigarh, 15th February, 2006