Jhatkas add tadka to Short and Sweet

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Bollywood category winners of S+S theatre festival announced

This year, Short+Sweet – the festival of tasty short theatre bites – announced a bright – and very colourful – new star in the Sydney theatre scene: Bollywood!

Between 19 March and 22 March Short+Sweet launched its latest version of the popular 10 minute theatre form: an exciting new dance festival featuring the Indian dance craze that has been sweeping the world.

The premiere event was held in Sydney, at the Fusebox in Marrickville’s Factory Theatre, and showcased the brilliant colour and dance as seen in Bollywood movies. The festival featured two distinct mainstage programs and Fast+Fresh Bollywood — for those under 18 years.

According to S+S Director Mark Cleary, this is not the first time Australia’s world famous short theatre organisation has stepped into the Indian performing art scene.

“We’ve been presenting Theatre and Dance festivals in India for the last four years with regular programs in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. We’ve also welcomed many of those shows to Australia. But this is the first time we’ve ‘imported’ an art form from another country,” he said.

Festival director AishveryaaNidhi said Short+Sweet Bollywood will add tadka or ‘spice’ to the Short+Sweet world. “We’re excited by the coming together of Indian and Australian culture,” she said.

Pieces ranged from solos to some featuring up to 20 dancers and include dance troupes from all over Sydney. There were awards on offer including Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer, Best Choreographer, Best Production, Best New Talent and Most Innovative Style. And the winners were:

 

Fast+Fresh

People’s Choice-Shaimak Show Kids

Judge’s Choice

First place – Shaimak Show Kids

Second Place – Prabhati Banerjee

Third Place – Swastik Institute of Dance

People’s Choice -Swastik Institute of Dance

Best Production -Swastik Institute of Dance

Most Innovative Style – Monsuun Dance

Best New Talent – John Boscoand ​Smritie Bhardwaj

Best Choreographer – SumatiLekhi

Best Male Dancer – Akash Arora and Ajesh Sharma

Best Female Dancer -ShabnamTavakol

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