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A taste of Bollywood

Bhawna Kundra
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FIJI is one of the few nations in the world that gets to watch Bollywood movies and has the privilege to enjoy, mesmerise and give their reviews about these Bollywood movies.

There are many radio channels in Fiji that play Bollywood music and provide updates and industry gossips 24/7.

Bollywood dances, music and films are quite popular in Fiji and other parts of the Pacific. In the context of my last article, "Namaste Pacifica: A Festival of India" has a program of celebrating 70 years of India's independence with the carnival of cultural programs and tourism promotional events celebrated in the Pacific between October 2017 and March 2018. This time around, Bollywood dance has come in the form of a live performance in Fiji.

Bollywood dance in Fiji

Bollywood is a global brand. Huge enthusiasm comes alive when any Bollywood artiste performs in Fiji.

It is a golden chance to see their favourite actors performing in front of them. As per the Nasmaste Pacifica context, "Bollywood transcends racial, ethnic and linguistic boundaries with superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and other popular ones".

So this time a popular dance group, "Center Stage", is coming to Fiji to perform in Suva (Kshatriya Hall), Nadi (Prince Charles Park) and Lautoka (Girmit Center). They will portray the best dances and music of Bollywood in Fiji, which is bound to leave the audience spellbound.

Entry to these shows is free, giving everyone the chance to be a part of it. This Bollywood dance group will showcase the major facets of rich and diverse Indian culture and it is expected to attract huge crowds.

These entertainment events are another feather in the cap to strengthen the cultural bond between India and Fiji.

This dance group recently performed at the Indian High Commission's Republic Day reception at the Novotel in Lami and left the audience mesmerised.

The Center Stage dance group consists of 14 renowned artistes led by Rishi Sharma. They will not just perform in Fiji but are also set to captivate the audience of Nauru and Tuvalu with their extravagant performances.

In Nauru, the performance is expected to be even more special as it will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Independence Day of Nauru.

This group garnered huge appreciation from Bollywood supporters in Fiji, who are eagerly awaiting to witness their spectacular performances.

Health booster: Bollywood dance

Bollywood dancing moves are an excellent exercise to build stamina and endurance. This dance is a great form of aerobics, which has lots of active and energetic movements.

According to www.healthfitnessrevolution.com, Bollywood dance boosts "co-ordination and rhythm. It is an exciting form of exercise, tones the body, lubricates the joints, relieves stress and oxygen supply. It provides a full body fantastic workout and fun for everyone". It is a dance form for everyone, be it young, grown-up, adult or old age group.

Besides the health benefits, learning these dance moves and performing in family get-togethers, among friends, marriages, parties or any social gatherings, one may become the centre of attraction and appreciation.

Learning these dance moves will be of immense health value and will keep every one's body fit and healthy.

Kudos to the Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal and Anil Sharma for organising, promoting and supporting such mega events in Fiji, where these internationally-renowned Bollywood artistes not just get the opportunity to perform in Fiji but the Bollywood lovers of Fiji get the lifetime opportunity to watch their favourite stars perform live.

So if you're keen on learning more about Bollywood dance and music, come and be part of this Bollywood carnival. Do not miss out!

* Bhawna Kundra is a French and business management teacher and MYP assistant co-ordinator at International School Nadi. Views expressed are hers and not of this newspaper or her employer. Email: bhawna.umatt@gmail.com








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