The Bollywood Party and Other Perfumes of India – Take 3, was presented on May 19, 2007, at the Just For Laughs Cabaret.
This event, coloured by Bollywood accents, brought together Indian and Bollywood choreographies, imageries of India, Bollywood music, and other music of Indian inspiration. A unique opportunity for the public to make a foray into the heart of Bollywood cinema, where shimmering dances, songs, and music accompany the various Indian epics and romances.
Deeply rooted in Indian culture, Bollywood cinema, made mostly in the Hindi language, is more than entertainment. With an average of 800 to 1200 films produced annually, it is a crucible at the bottom of which the traditional regional cultures give rise to expressions of the new pan-Indian Culture. With as many as fourteen million viewers daily, Bollywood is increasingly leaving India’s borders and is gaining popularity in Europe and in Quebec.
The evening program included various performances of dancers and choreographers such as Manijeh Ali from Silken Dance, Ina Bhowmick and Bollywood Blast, Virsa Punjab Da, Samantha Burnstein, and others, as well as screenings of excerpts of song and dance from Bollywood films.
The audience was also invited to immerse itself in the magic of the Bollywood universe, accompanied by a DJ and Vjs, and danced to the rhythms of India.
The Bollywood Party and Other Perfumes of India – Take 3 was a philanthropic event that assisted children from disadvantaged districts of India. Funds raised at this event were sent to the Young Musicians of the World organization that offers a traditional music school for young people in India. As a place of exploration of the cultural richness of the country, the school promotes free access to Indian music culture and provides an opportunity for personal growth to deprived children.
Bollywood Party and Other Perfumes of India – Take 2
A multidisciplinary fundraiser evening with various artistic performances of dance, music, and projections to help children in India have access to a traditional musical education, at the Just for Laughs Cabaret, August 11, 2006. With the participation of Manijeh Ali, Bollywood Blast, Christine Germain, Desi Dhamaka, Tarun Kapoor, and others.
Click here to read Bollywood Party at Cabaret: Bollywood Squares, an article by Isa Tousignant, Hour newspaper, August 10, 2006.
Bollywood Party and Other Perfumes of India – Take 1
A multidisciplinary fundraiser evening with various artistic performances of dance, music, and projections to help children in India gain access to a traditional musical education, on September 2, 2005, at La Sala Rossa. With, amongst others, the participation of Manijeh Ali, who opened the evening with a puja in Bharata Natyam, a classical dance of South India, followed by Ina Bhowmick and her troupe Bollywood Blast, who performed a fusion of different types of dances from Rajasthan to Mumbai.
Click here to read the article Cine Masala, by Rupert Bottenberg, in the Mirror newspaper, September 1, 2005.
In his review of the year 2005, which appeared in the Mirror newspaper on December 22, 2005, Rupert Bottenberg wrote:
“The best show of ’05 was not in fact a concert. There were a couple of dance performances at Caroline Tabah’s Bollywood party at la Sala Rossa on Sept. 2, sure, but the main course was the procession of outstanding song-and-dance numbers from Indian pop cinema, projected on a large screen. The enraptured crowd was a kick, dancing along in uniform face-forward formation, and the dose of good cheer lingered for days. Another one and soon, Caroline, s’il vous plait.”