Bollywood show by Newbury Park dance academy set to tour UK

A scene from 17 Days aur Bollywood Spice.

A scene from 17 Days aur Bollywood Spice. - Credit: Archant

Bollywood “spice” could be filling venues up and down the country after a new, “unique” musical by a Newbury Park-based dance academy, proved to be a huge hit after a recent run in Ilford.

A scene from 17 Days aur Bollywood Spice.

A scene from 17 Days aur Bollywood Spice. - Credit: Archant

The UK’s own Bollywood ambassador, Honey Kalaria, alongside pupils from her dance school, in Eastern Avenue, wowed audiences with their latest show, 17 Days aur Bollywood Spice, at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, last week.

Plans are now underway for the production to tour around the UK, with a percentage of proceeds going towards The Honey Kalaria Foundation helping disadvantaged women and children worldwide.

Ms Kalaria, who choreographed the musical extravaganza, said: “The idea for the show started last year when I wanted to ensure all our students had the chance to showcase what they had learnt to help them move to the next level.

“Ever since our first performance we have had so much interest from the CBBC to the Southbank Centre.”

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Directed by Gurnam Singh, who is renowned for television serials in India, the show follows the lives of a group of school students, who, inspired by a visit from a Bollywood star, embark on an exploration of the film industry.

Ms Kalaria said: “The show is really unique and I’m sure that every person in that hall left feeling entertained and happy. To embark on a tour, with a main cast of 22 and hopefully a young dance troupe, would be fantastic and something we are looking at doing by September/October time.

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“We would look at building on the show and taking it to the next level to give the audience a real flavour of Bollywood in just two hours. I absolutely sleep, eat, breathe dance and I just want to use my experiences to help others.”

She added: “We’re extremely proud of this collective venture and are very proud of all we’ve achieved in unity. We look forward to bringing it to other audiences.”

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