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Honey Kalaria Puts Bollywood Centre Stage

JULY 2013


 Fresh from choreographing BBC 3’s Bollywood Carmen, Honey Kalaria is putting Bollywood centre stage in Ilford this weekend as her musical extravaganza comes to the Kenneth More Theatre, for one day only.  A 3pm matinee performance and 7pm evening performance of "17 Days aur Bollywood Spice" will be held on Sunday 14th July, with a percentage of all proceeds going towards The Honey Kalaria Foundation, a charitable organisation with the aim of improving the lives and futures of otherwise disadvantaged women and children throughout the world.

Choreographed by the UK’s Bollywood Ambassador herself, and directed by Gurnam Singh, renowned for TV serials in India; the musical tells the story of a group of school students, who, inspired by a visit from a Bollywood star, embark on an exploration of the Bollywood film industry; setting in motion an adventure of real life India, dance, music, film sets and blossoming romance.  Weaved together with interesting characters,  the glamour of Bollywood and a captivating storyline, audiences will experience a range of dance styles from belly dance and bhangra to kathak and hip hop taking them on a journey like no other!

With the aim of helping to support upcoming talent and providing a platform to promote dance, art and culture and developing intercultural relations, the musical is the collaborative work of students from Honey’s Performing Arts Academy, who were encouraged to share and develop ideas on the characters and script.  Students of all ages from four years old to adults and professional artists have been selected to perform.  Second lead actress, Karishma Bhandari from Chadwell Heath, who has been at the Academy for four years, has just returned from India where Honey helped to secure a lead role for her in the Bollywood film, ‘Club Dancer’, to be screened later this year.  The male lead will be played by Prasantha Pavan, a South Indian actor and dancer who appeared in the 2009 hit Indian comedy-drama, ‘Three Idiots’.

“We’ve brought together over 100 students, talented artists and professional performers from our Academy in North and East London in this collective venture and are all extremely proud of what we’ve achieved.  As well as showcasing individual talents and the breadth of opportunities available through our Academy, the musical promises breath-taking dances, colourful stage sets and vibrant costumes; all displaying the beauty of eastern art and culture,” comment Honey Kalaria.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £12.50 concessions and £10 for under 12’s.  To book tickets contact the Kenneth Moore Theatre box office on 0208 553 4466, or for further information on dance classes, contact Honey’s Performing Arts Academy on 07850 875087.

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Notes to Editors:

Press conference:

 A press conference will be held at 6pm on Sunday 14th July at the Kenneth More Theatre.  Any media interested in attending should please contact Jane Herbert or Beccy Whittles at Pilotmax by phone on 020 8334 0200, or by email at jane@pilotmax.co.uk / beccy@pilotmax.co.uk

Honey Kalaria Foundation:

The Honey Kalaria Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee and a UK registered Charitable Company No: 7578654, which is currently in the process of obtaining a charity status.

Bollywood Performing Arts Academy:

Honey’s Dance Academy was established in 1997.  Since then over half a million participants have been given the opportunity to learn about Bollywood through dance classes, training programs and workshops.  Today, the leading Bollywood training institution has merged its weekly dance schools, to create the UK’s first Bollywood Performing Arts Academy - HDA Bollywood Performing Arts Academy - holding weekend classes in North and East London.  All classes are open to people of all ages from 4 years old to adults – amateurs and professionals.

The academic year at the academy consists of three terms of 12 weeks.   A percentage of all class enrolments will be donated to The Honey Kalaria Foundation to help various charitable causes.

Sahara One TV and Nusound Radio are supporting HDA Bollywood Performing Arts Academy to help promote talent in the UK.

Honey Kalaria is a dancer, choreographer and Bollywood ‘Ambassador to the UK.’  Star of stage, screen and radio, Honey also a Guinness Book of Records certificate holder for the largest Bollywood dance in a studio setting.She has also set up The Honey Kalaria Foundation with the aim of helping various charitable causes using the world of music, dance and performing arts.