There is a colourful & exotic end of year treat planned for the final show of the Café Culture Series 2018.
The show is simply entitled “Bollywood” has been specifically developed to cater to the audiences across regional Victoria. 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.
“Whilst it would be far too ambitious to attempt the making of a Bollywood movie whilst touring regional Victoria, instead we have stripped the artform down to the bare elements. 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.
In the early part of the program they showcase the rhythmic footwork of the classical dance style ‘kathak’ and how it interacts with the tabla (two variable pitched drums played with the hands). The tabla will be expertly played by Jay Dabgar who was born and raised in India in a family of tablamakers and commenced his systematic training at the tender age of four. Jay often “speaks” his tabla compositions first (which is how the pieces are taught, where each way of playing the drum has a special name).
It’s a bit like an Indian version of beat-boxing. More musical accompaniment arrives in the form of the dilruba, an Indian bowed instrument played by the multi-talented Josh Bennett. (Dil means heart; Ruba means to enchant). He will also play guitar and sitar. Josh 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.
With the flamboyant costumes, impressive musicianship, energetic and graceful dancing “Bollywood” is set to entertain and surprise in every town. The first half ends with a segue into a modern interpretation of kathak to an Ed Sheeran cover! 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. Just prior to the live shows, the dancers will be conducting Bollywood dance workshops in Lakes Entrance. The workshop is open to all ages and participants will be invited to bust their newly learnt moves as part of a flash mob moment that occurs in the second half of the show.
“Bollywood” will be performed live at the Albert & Co Function Centre, Bellevue on the Lakes, 201 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance on Friday 30 November at 7pm. You can purchase tickets for this show or consider a great value, discounted Seasons Ticket. Tickets and Seasons brochures are available at Lakes Entrance or Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centres or online at www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre.
Café Culture Series is presented by East Gippsland Shire Council working in collaboration with Just Shows To Go and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Media Enquiries: Further information: Andrea Court – (03) 5153 9500 or 0408707543
Interview and images available.