Minneapolis, July 11, 2014 - The first Bollywood dance drama to appear on stage at the MN Fringe festival is an extravaganza of color, culture, and dance, swirling together to tell a moving story of self-discovery. Sponsored by Tapestry Folkdance Center, Hi! Hello! Namaste? features a diverse lineup of 40 East Indian and Minnesotan actors and dancers of all ages. Artistic direction and choreography are by Bangalore native Divya Maiya, founder of the popular dance group Bollywood Dance Scene Twin Cities. You can see the production on August 6th at 7pm, August 7th at 5:30pm, August 8th at 4pm, August 9th at 4pm, and August 10th at 1pm. Tickets are $12 and under with a Fringe festival button. Visit fringefestival.org for details.
The production centers around Raagini, a shy Indian-American from Minnesota who travels to the Indian subcontinent where she attends an over the top Bollywood-style wedding. Surrounded by a cacophony of colors, she makes her way through a maze of festivities filled with new-found relatives prone to sudden outbreaks of song and dance. Traditional costuming and sumptuous set make for a spectacle worthy of a real Indian wedding.