Final Cafe Culture event
Moira Arts and Culture Inc. is bringing its Cafe Culture series to a close for the year with Bollywood.
The show, at Strathmerton public hall, offers traditional Indian music featuring tabla, sitar and vocals as well as classical Indian dance contrasted by vibrant, energetic Bollywood routines.
Bollywood celebrates India’s successful Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai and draws on aspects of Hollywood.
Organisers said the performance would 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 the performance.
‘‘This new show Bollywood travels through the progression of traditional, classical and contemporary music and dance,’’ she said.
Lead singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit The Bombay Royale Parvyn Singh developed the show in conjunction with four other members of the troupe.
Ms Singh is joined by two 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.
MAC Inc treasurer Lou Hamon said the series was about presenting different things to a country audience.
‘‘We’ve built up a bit of a following — they’re all different styles so there’s something for everyone,’’ he said.
‘‘As a volunteer group, we partner with local development groups and by presenting these shows locally, shire residents don’t have to travel to Melbourne or the larger towns in the area.’’
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.
The performance, at Strathmerton public hall, hosted on Moira Arts and Culture Inc. in collaboration with Just Shows To Go and Creative Victoria is on Friday, November 9. Doors open at 7 pm for the 8 pm performance. Attendees will receive a welcome drink and nibbles on arrival, supper during interval (BYO alcohol). Tables of 10 are available for $250. Individual tickets can be booked online at trybooking.com/RGID or at the door for $40 or $35 for MAC Inc members.
Final performance: Bollywood on at Strathmerton public hall is the final Cafe Culture event, presented by Moira Arts and Culture Inc., for 2018.