Fi­nal Cafe Cul­ture event

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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 try­book­ 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.

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