DIWALI 2011 AT CURVE
Curve gets the party started with the hilarious BACHCHAN HAULE HAULE (27 Oct).
Following his sell out success with Bollywood Comedy Show, local artist Uday returns to Curve with his hysterical impersonations and witty observations of the great and not so great Bollywood stars. Performed soley in Guajarati and Hindi, this family friendly show pokes fun at the social and cultural idiosyncrasies of Asian life from Mumbai to Melton Road.
Look the Part – Curve’s HISTORY OF THE SAREE EXHIBITON AND FREE WORKSHOP (26 – 30 Oct) is the place to go to learn about the different styles of saree handwork, embroidery and embelishments; which style is best for you, how to wear it and where to buy it. Curve’s stunning mezzanine area will be home to an exhibition dedicated to the fascinating history of this Indian garment.
In addition, Ranju Modha from world-leading Leicester-based saree retailer, Anokhi Sarees will lead a free interactive workshop for women (27 Oct, 6-7pm). This will cover the traditional technique of wearing a saree, a short talk on the history of the saree, from early versions to sizzling modern-day designs and give participants the opportunity to try one of the beautiful sarees on themselves.
For a spectacular evening of dazzling dance and story telling come to AMAAS (30 Oct) – a brand new production for Curve. Aakash Odedra and Desi Masti take the darkest night as inspiration for their mystical fusion of contemporary dance, South Asian dance and circus performance including fire eating, stilts and more.
Find out if the moon will resist temptation and abandon to light the night’s sky again. Curve is also collaborating with the Centre for Indian Classical Dance to present an Indian Classical vs. Contemporary showcase (28 Oct). The show will feature Aakash Odedra, an acclaimed British-Indian Kathak dancer, who is fast becoming one of the most sought after performers in the UK; Ash Mukherjee, whose solos are ‘works of art’ (Dance Europe); Sooraj Subramaniam, a virile yet gentle dancer who echos the fluidity of South Asian dance, and Revanta Sarabhai, who uses his training in Indian classical Bharatanatyam, folk and contemporary dance to create modern vocabulary.
DIWALI CURVEBALL (28 October from 5.30pm onwards) This free monthly entertainment event offers visitors a place to let their hair down at the end of the working week and celebrate! Everyone can join in the celebrations with Bollywood music and dancing, DJ, Dhol Drummers and playing live, World Groove Orchestra.
This home grown group of talented musicians will perform the hits of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle and fusing Bollywood, Classical, Sufi and Jazz, this ensemble of professional musicians combines subtle Indian melodies, cool jazz syncopation and English Folk to create a heavenly musical experience