Friday August 29, 2014

Hooray for Bollywood

Staff Photos by Thom Barker

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Bollywood. In North America, it has become almost synonomous with Indian culture, but it is actually only a small segment of the Indian film industry.

Nevertheless, the breakthout success of the Bollywood-style British film Slumdog Millionaire has helped to ensconce the genre in the western psyche. It's influence can be seen in all kinds of pop culture milieus. Even the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory has used a Bollywood-style fantastical dance sequence in an episode.

It took a long time for the genre to catch western imaginations. Bollywood is at least as old as Hollywood and Indian cinema is the second largest film industry in the world.

And now, it has come to the Parkland. On April 5, Rail City Industries held a Bollywood (or at least Indian) themed fundraiser at the Painted Hand Casino.

Some of the women in attendance were inspired to dress in Indian style clothing and all were encouraged to decorate their foreheads and hands with bindi (literally decoration, but traditionally the red dot worn by married women). They could also buy a tikka (headpiece) for a chance to win a diamond pendant from Sherring Jewellers.

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The evening began with the Arcola East Bhangra Community Dancers followed by Part One of a spring fashion show featuring the new styles by retailers Losa Chic, Uptown Casuals and Pulse Apparel from Yorkton and Fashion Fix, Melville.

The fashion show also included a series of fantastical creations by dressmaker Terri Pedersen, owner of Vintage vault.

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During intermission, the Yorkton Cricket Club served Indian appetizers including samosas, chicken satay, curried chicken wings, naan bread and mango chutney.

Emcee Brendan Wagner kept the event on pace and everything went without a hitch.

Organizer Carol Wiens, director of community relations for Rail City was very pleased with the event, which was sold out.

A final tally of money raised was not available, but Wiens believes it will be in the neighbourhood of $6,000.

The money will go toward a new building for the organization.



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