Short + Sweet Bollywood had its first inaugural event between the 20th march and 22nd march in factory’s fusebox in marrickville. The festival provided a platform for contestants from all walks of life to come together to showcase different art forms with bollywood music.
Aishveryaa Nidhi, the festival co-ordinator is pleased by the success of short + sweet bollywood. She said, “the festival was very well received by the australian community and the indian community in sydney. We were all really excited as this was the first short + sweet festival. We are looking forward to taking short + sweet bollywood to all the major cities in the world and hope to get good response everywhere.”
The contest was judged by actor/producer/photographer Raj suri, Indian Consul General Sunjay Sudhir and Anupam Sharma. All performers are given 10 minutes to complete their act. Contestants from all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities can take part. The art forms can be any style but the music has to be bollywood music. It had a special event, fast + fresh bollywood for youngsters.
“Dancers from all nationalities are encouraged to take part in the festival. All art forms are welcome except that the music has to be Bollywood music.”, added Aishveryaa. Upon being asked about what Short + Sweet Bollywood mainly aims at she said, “We aim to promote the culture from Indian subcontinent to Australian culture and beyond as we progress.”
The festival received immense support from the community. Premier Mike Baird extended his support by saying, “I am delighted to offer my warmest greetings to everyone attending the Short and Sweet Bollywood Festival. I understand Short and Sweet Sydney is the world’s largest festival of ten minute plays, encompassing theatre, dance, music and cabaret. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the festival is embracing a Bollywood theme. This couldn’t be more fitting as it represents the world’s most popular cinema.
With over 100,000 Indian-born residents, NSW is proudly home to a large and vibrant Indian community – a community that openly contributes positively to our State, enhancing its fabric. This festival will offer a wonderful opportunity for members of Sydney’s Indian community to relish in all things Bollywood, while inviting fellow Australians from other backgrounds to experience some of the best in Indian culture. I expect there to be much colour, song and laughter.
On behalf of the NSW Government, I wish you a memorable and vibrant Festival. Happy Short and Sweet!”
Filmmaker and Academician, Vikrant Kishore said, “Short and Sweet Festival is a global festival brand, and it was great to see that this year the festival picked up Bollywood dance in its fold. Bollywood dance has a worldwide presence, with many multi-platforms links, and probably it is one of the biggest exports to the world from the Indian film industry. It was great to see the Short and Sweet Bollywood festival took place under the able leadership and guidance of the festival director Aishveryaa Nidhi; who meticulously planned the festival, roped in some great Indian dance group and prepared an assortment of events spread over three days that saw some wonderful performances.”
“Indians in Sydney supported the festival wholeheartedly and enjoyed the performances put up by the groups. Bollywood has been my area of research, and any activity that provides a platform for the appreciation of Indian cinema and elements associated with it will always find a supporter in me. I thank Short and Sweet festival for recognizing the powerhouse that Bollywood is and for providing a chance to the local Indian dance groups to showcase their talent. I hope to see this festival organized on a yearly basis all over Australia.” added Mr Kishore.
The festival showcased varieties of colourful dance forms. Short + Sweet Bollywood concluded the festival with a sense of pride as their first inaugural event came out with flying colours.
People’s Choice – Swastik Institute of Dance
Best Production – Swastik Institute of Dance
Most Innovative Style – Monsuun Dance
Best New Talent – John Bosco and Smritie Bhardwaj
Best Choreographer – Sumati Lekhi
Best Male Dancer – Akash Arora and Ajesh Sharma
Best Female Dancer – Shabnam Tavakol
People’s Choice – Shiamak Show Kids
First place – Shiamak Show Kids
Second Place –Shivani Kumar and Tanvi Kumar
Third Place – Raina Jain
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Article by: Neha Lokesh