A lot more than Just Bollywood

  • Sun,9 Dec 2018 05:07:47 AM

British Asia News Network

Smita Sarkar

London: Tickets for the fifth edition of the exceptional Just Bollywood not-for-profit event and UK’s premier inter-University Bollywood dance competition is selling fast at the Adelphi Theatre on 9 December.

Started by a bunch of university students five years back, this extraordinary event showcases theatrical and dance talent of students from across UK. All proceeds will be donated to Child Action’s Door Step School, a charity that educates the underprivileged children in Mumbai.

The event provides a platform to bring young students together through fusion dance. Each team choreographs their performances and are judged on the presentation and narration as they battle it out on stage. The elements of creativity and competition are neatly wrapped up in one incredible production.

“Each team is given a theme to work on. This year’s theme is around story-book fables as this provides an element of dynamism to the competition,” said Harshil Joshi, the Charity Officer of Just Bollywood.

Just Bollywood has partnered with Hemraj Goyal Foundation this year, receiving the appropriate support for a bigger and better production. The Foundation funded the event on the premise that each finalist team would raise £500 to donate towards the Door Step School.

Anita Goyal from Hemraj Foundation said: “We first came across Just Bollywood at the beginning of the year, when Harshil and Rishabh approached Hemraj Goyal Foundation with a funding proposal to help make this spectacular event a reality. Eight months later they have surprised us with a sold-out crowd and ten finalist teams.”

The participating teams and their themes are:

Imperial Vs Brighton – Jungle Book

Manchester Vs UCL – Narnia

St Georges Vs Queen Marys – Wizard of Oz

Leeds Vs UEA – Peter Pan

Newcastle Vs Birmingham – Alice in Wonderland

The host for the evening will be the talented Raheem Mir, a trained kathak dancer under the tutelage of Gauri Sharma Tripsthi and Sujata Banerjee and a celebrated choreographer.

The panel of judges include the impressive Samir Bhamra, the award-winning artistic director of Phizzical Productions and the Creative Director of the UK Asian Film Festival.

Returning to judge this year is Leena Patel, one of the most in-demand Bollywood Dance choreographers in the country with some high-profile mainstream work on BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and Channel 4’s ‘Stand up to cancer.’

Ash Oberoi, the Artistic Director of Sapnay School of Dance, the Guinness World Record holders for conducting the largest Bollywood dance class in Trafalgar Square, is the third judge.

Esha Malkani-Modasia will be judging for the first time. Best known for her dance tutorials on YouTube and Facebook, Esha runs bespoke workshops for clients and students across UK, Spain, Gibraltar, Australia and India.

You can support the charity’s honourable pursuit to take education to children who would otherwise be unable to receive one, in an endeavour to provide them with the tools to break out of the poverty cycle, by buying tickets at :  http://bit.ly/JB18-Tix


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