2013 was a busy year for Surtal Arts as it marked the centenary of Indian cinema, one of the most prolific film industries in the world. To commemorate the historic occasion, a series of dance events was commissioned by Surtal Arts which were held across the city of Derby and Derbyshire, enabling the audience to taste the colourful and energetic world of Bollywood through music and dance.
A unique flashmob dance piece was choreographed by Nisha Nath with Surtal Youth Dance Academy and Javvani Dance Group. This was performed at the Westfield, Derby.
Guinness book of World record
What started as an educational project by Ilkeston Performing Arts College ended up the College going for World Record in Bollywood dance! Again led by choreographer Nisha Nath, 2154 children and young people (age 3 -19years), learnt a simple Bollywood routine which they performed at the Ilkeston Market Square and broke the Guinness Book of World Records.
Site Specific dance & special screening of Bollywood film
Working in collaboration with QUAD Surtal’s residence artist/choreographer Nisha Nath was commissioned to choreograph a site specific dance inspired by Bollywood block buster film Om Shanti Om and the Time travel exhibition of Quad. Site specific dance was performed at Quad as it became the canvas for the artist. Ten young dancers from Jaavani Dance Company accompanied Nisha in the performance. The evening concluded with a special screening of ‘Om Shanti Om’ by QUAD.
Bollywood Party at Derby Feste
Surtal Arts was commissioned to curate a Bollywood Party at Derby Feste with Charity Shop DJ in September 2013. It was the first time that Feste had staged its own tribute to Bollywood, now one of the largest film industries in the world.
Derby Market Place was transformed into a Mumbai street bazaar, a vibrant Bollywood dance performance of Nisha and Jaavani Dance Company complemented with an exclusive exhibition of rarely seen printed and hand painted Indian film posters, truly captured people imagination of Indian cinema.
Watch our Bollywood Flashmob
(Westfield Centre, Derby)
Bollywood Ball - The Final curtain
The big finale to Indian Cinema’s Centenary Celebration was truly a glamorous affair! Over 170 people attended Surtal’s black tie Bollywood Ball at the Riverside Conference Centre (Pride Park) on 9th Nov.
VIP guests were treated to red carpet and Champagne reception. Bollywood style hit the Riverside bar too, transforming into the Mumbai Cocktail Bar! A mouth watering three course dinner was served at the backdrop of live entertainment from London’s Mumbai Beat and fabulous Javvani Dance Company who thrilled with several exciting performances.
The event raised £3000 for Surtal's Youth Dance & Music Academy.