Bollywood comes to Strathmerton
Contemporary ‘Bollywood’ will combine with traditional Indian culture on Friday, November 9 at the Strathmerton Public Hall for the close of the 2018 Café Culture series.
The Strathmerton Public Hall will host the Bollywood performance, marking the close of the successful Café Culture series presented by Moira Arts and Culture Inc. (MAC Inc.) in collaboration with Just Shows To Go and Creative Victoria.
The show is simply titled ‘Bollywood’ and offers traditional Indian music featuring tabla, sitar and vocals as well as beautiful classical Indian dance contrasted by vibrant, energetic Bollywood routines. Bollywood celebrates India’s extremely successful Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai and draws on aspects of Hollywood.
The performance promises to be a vibrant one, featuring energetic dances and the colour and richness of song.
Just Shows To Go Manager, Mary Souness said it was far too ambitious to attempt to make a Bollywood movie while touring regional Victoria so instead the artform was stripped down to the bare elements for this performance.
“Bollywood has been around since the 1970s but long before film was incorporated into the culture, India had a rich tradition of music and dance which the Bollywood producers used as the building blocks for their films,” Ms Souness said.
“This new show ‘Bollywood’ travels through the progression of traditional, classical and contemporary music and dance.
Parvyn Singh, lead singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit ‘The Bombay Royale’ developed the show in conjunction with four other members of the troupe.
Parvyn exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice and has performed on stages around the world from childhood.
Parvyn is joined by two fabulous professional dancers and teachers, Ida Ghate and Shamita Sivabalan. The three dancers come from backgrounds in dance training and incorporate elements of hip hop, tap and ballet.
With the flamboyant costumes, impressive musicianship and energetic and graceful dancing, ‘Bollywood’ is set to entertain.
The show features a segue into a modern interpretation of classical Indian dance to an Ed Sheeran cover and offers a host of surprises and delights.
Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm ‘Bollywood’ performance. Enjoy a welcome drink and nibbles on arrival, supper during interval and BYO alcohol.
Tables of ten are available for $250, alternatively individual tickets can be booked online at www.trybooking.com/RGID or at the door for $40 or $35 for MAC Inc members.