The event began with the felicitation of Chief Guest Honorary Consul of India of Wales Raj Aggarwal, by the event producer Niladri Chakraborty. …. Reports Asian Lite News
Cardiff witnessed its first Bollywood musical recently. Named “The Bollywood Express”, the musical was conceptualised, produced, directed and choreographed by the academy Dance With Sinjini and showcased the colourful cultural diversity of India. The cast included 36 local actors and dancers in three age groups, who took the packed 250+ audience on a magical live cinematic journey.
The event began with the felicitation of Chief Guest Honorary Consul of India of Wales Raj Aggarwal, by the event producer Niladri Chakraborty. The musical followed the felicitation and saw the lead characters Raj and Simran travelling across India, soaking in the vibrancy of each state and its different dance forms on the beats of Bollywood music and inevitably falling in love.
Speaking to Asian Lite, Sinjini Chakraborty says “What started as a small idea to do something creative with my students turned into a huge project. My students Neera Agarwal, Divya Santhosh and Poornima Shetty immediately came onboard as production team. The plot gradually became stronger, the project bigger and the storyline took interesting shape involving songs, costumes, props, moods and dialogues. Students and friends assumed roles of dancers and actors.
The cast was divided into different groups. The kids’ group included Anoushka Srivastava, Natasha Kamath, Aashi Lodhi, Abigail Thomas, Anya Sinha, Ayesha Negi, Eera Bhalla, Kushi Shetty, Pihu Munjal, Rhea Mathews and Tanisha Kamath. The teens’ group included Aarona Sarkar, Angona Sarkar, Anoushka Sinha, Irene Thomas, Michelle Mathews, Niya Bhatia, Ritija Biswas and Siya Goel. The adults’ group included Ankita Sahay, Anishka Bhalla, Jyoti Bansal, Mridul Biswas, Ranjeeta Sharma, Sina Thomas, Divya Santhosh, Neera Agarwal, Poornima Shetty and myself. The actors’ group included Rachel Mcsweeney, Chris Mcsweeney, Aditya Santhosh, Brijesh Srivastava, Vikas Lodhi, Santhosh Naik and Niladri Chakraborty. It was indeed a magical journey”.
The technical and backstage team included Neeleem Saha, Shiladitya Sinha, Tonoya Chaudhuri, Simon Gwyn, Arveen Kamath, Shannu Bhatia, Monika Mathews, Arindam Chaudhuri, Amar Shetty, Vikas Lodhi, Raja Biswas and Manoj Thomas.
Raj Aggarwal congratulated the cast for giving Cardiff a flavourful taste of India and its tinsel town live on stage and presented Sinjini with a copy of India, Land of Colours authored by Subhadra Sen Gupta.