The first in what will be a four concert series is The Merchants of Bollywood. The Merchants of Bollywood features a cast of more than 40 performers direct from Film City Mumbai – the home of Bollywood Cinema. The show tells the story of the Merchant family the family dynasty holds the responsibility of upholding the ancient traditions of the Kathak dance, the dance of the Gods. Shantilal Merchant is the last in the line of gurus. This tradition is about to die out.
Featuring a cast of over 40 performers adorned in 1,200 different eye-popping costumes and 5,000 pieces of glistening jewellery, this uplifting show is a riot of colour and high-energy music by award-winning composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant.
Sensational dance scenes are choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant, granddaughter of Hiralalji Merchant, one the founders of classic Bollywood Cinema. Merchant’s choreography incorporates many different styles of Indian dancing including folkloric dance from Rajasthan and contemporary forms such as disco – showcasing the true variety of Bollywood musicals. A theatrical dance spectacular, “The Merchants of Bollywood” charts the enchanting history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry, and a dynasty of stars that have lit its way over generations. “The Merchants of Bollywood” transcends time and is a touching tribute to the Bollywood greats of yesterday and the box-office hits of today.
A fictional story, yet based on real life, “The Merchants of Bollywood” will reveal to the Western audience the workings of cinema and the part it plays in the heart and soul of Indian society in an extraordinary evening of music and dance at the heart of which lies a heartfelt story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance. “The Merchants of Bollywood” has captured the essence of India, its rich and diverse culture, and its people in a world of technicolour brilliance acclaimed by patrons and reviewers alike.