The colourful & exotic end of year treat planned for the final show of the Café Culture Series of 2018 is “Bollywood”.
Bollywood is the sobriquet for India’s extremely successful Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) and is a combination of Bombay and Hollywood. “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. This new show “Bollywood” travels through the progression of traditional, classical and contemporary music and dance” explains Mary Souness, manager of Just Shows To Go.
Parvyn Singh, lead singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit ‘The Bombay Royale’ has developed the show in conjunction with the four other members of the troupe. A singer dances within, a dancer sings within. Parvyn is both and exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice. Parvyn will be singing some songs in English, and others in Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi. She has been performing on stages around the world from childhood with her father Dya Singh. Parvyn is joined by two other fabulous professional dancers and teachers, Ida Ghate and Shamita Sivabalan. The three dancers come from disparate backgrounds in dance training, and are incorporating elements of hip hop, tap and ballet into the pieces. Most of the dances have been choreographed specially for this show, with others composed by the greats of Indian classical dance and handed down from teacher to student over many generations.
Bollywood comes to the Albury Entertainment Centre on Sunday, 9 December, 5pm . With flamboyant costumes, impressive musicianship, energetic and graceful dancing “Bollywood” is set to entertain and surprise. The instrumental pieces each build in energy and tempo from gentle and stately to blisteringly fast and frenetic, ending in a giant crescendo. The show concludes with a high-energy Bollywood dance medley.
Tickets are available online at alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au or at the Box Office.