Colour­ful show to end the year

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Show-goers were re­cently treated to an ex­otic and colour­ful end-of-year treat cel­e­brat­ing tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary In­dian cul­ture.

The fi­nal Cafe Cul­ture Se­ries for the year, pre­sented by Moira Arts & Cul­ture Inc, was Bol­ly­wood, at the Strath­mer­ton pub­lic hall on Novem­ber 9.

The show of­fered tra­di­tional In­dian mu­sic fea­tur­ing tabla, sitar and vo­cals as well as beau­ti­ful clas­si­cal In­dian dance con­trasted by vi­brant, en­er­getic, Bol­ly­wood dance rou­tines.

Parvyn Singh, lead singer of Mel­bourne’s orig­i­nal Bol­ly­wood outfit The Bom­bay Royale, de­vel­oped the show in con­junc­tion with the four other troupe mem­bers.

Ms Singh showed ef­fort­less grace and pu­rity in her move­ment and voice, singing in English, Ben­gali, Hindi and Pun­jabi.

She has been per­form­ing on stages around the world from a young age with her fa­ther Dya Singh.

Ms Singh was joined by pro­fes­sional dancers and teach­ers Ida Ghate and Shamita Siv­a­balan.

The three come from dis­parate back­grounds in dance train­ing and in­cor­po­rated el­e­ments of hip hop, tap and bal­let into the pieces.

Most of the dances were chore­ographed for the show, with oth­ers com­posed by the greats of In­dian clas­si­cal dance and handed down from teacher to stu­dent over many gen­er­a­tions.

The tabla was ex­pertly played by Jay Dab­gar, who was born and raised in In­dia in a fam­ily of tabla­mak­ers and started his sys­tem­atic train­ing aged four.

More mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment ar­rived in the form of the dil­ruba, an In­dian bowed in­stru­ment played by the multi-tal­ented Josh Ben­nett. He also gui­tar and sitar.

Mr Ben­nett has per­formed around the world, on gui­tar at gui­tar fes­ti­vals, on man­dolin at Blue­grass fes­ti­vals and on sitar for Pan­dit Ravi Shankar at his home in Delhi.

MAC Inc trea­surer Lou Ha­mon said the flam­boy­ant cos­tumes, im­pres­sive mu­si­cian­ship and en­er­getic and grace­ful danc­ing en­thralled the au­di­ence.

‘‘There was so much va­ri­ety and it was so en­ter­tain­ing, a beau­ti­ful spec­ta­cle as well, just a fan­tas­tic night all-round,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and a fab­u­lous night of In­dian cul­ture.’’

Moira Arts & Cul­ture Inc, sup­ported by Moira Shire Coun­cil, is run­ning the Cafe Cul­ture Se­ries next year, fea­tur­ing four per­for­mances — Fever, The New Hip, Canyon and Dr Her­nan­dez. played

Top show: Bol­ly­wood of­fered tra­di­tional In­dian mu­sic fea­tur­ing tabla, sitar and vo­cals as well as beau­ti­ful clas­si­cal dance con­trasted by vi­brant, en­er­getic rou­tines.

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