Colourful show to end the year
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.