Bollywood Boulevard — a harmonious fusion of live music, dance, and film — leads you from the birth of Hindi cinema to present day. Experience the spirit, artistry, and history of India’s famous film industry from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood’s Golden Era to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today.
Inspired by the music of R.D. Burman, Lata Mangeshkar, and A.R. Rahman, the dance moves of superstars like Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, and romance as captured by Raj Kapoor and Yash Raj Chopra, experience Bollywood as never before. Escape to grand palaces and mustard fields and dance clubs. Lose yourself in a film phenomenon that has captured the hearts of billions across the world over the generations. Bollywood Boulevard will have you falling in love with the vibrance, emotions, and heart-pounding beat that inspires the world’s largest entertainment industry.
Feb 22, 2018 - Byham Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Bollywood Boulevard makes its Pittsburgh debut at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
HEENA PATEL is originally from Toronto and now splits her time between New York and India. Heena grew up learning and performing Indian folk dances and Bollywood dance, before becoming a choreographer and founder of several award-winning Indian dance teams and organizations. After moving to India, she trained in Indian classical music before becoming an arts professional, assuming the roles of artist manager and agent. Today, Heena is a South Asian performing arts specialist – curating, creating, and supporting South Asian performing arts and artists through her company MELA Group, which encompasses MELA Productions and MELA Arts Connect. More information on MELA, visit melaartsconnect.com.
Executive Producer, Music Director, Original Music Composer
Rushi Vakil is from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and the founder of Aaditaal Music Project. A composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and producer, Rushi Vakil brings together his formal training in Indian classical music under her father Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil with global sounds. A composer and producer of original music for live shows, films, ads, and dance, his latest credits include the hit feature film ”Shubharamabh,” India’s biggest animation film “Kid Krrish,” and the award-winning short film ”Bhinti Maage.” Rushi also performs with tabla ensemble Talavya and his world music band Taan, in addition to heading Rhythm Riders Music Institute in India. For more information on Rushi Vakil, visit rushivakil.com
Rohit Gijare is a New Jersey native that brings together Indian classical and folk dance forms with modern western dance vocabulary. His latest credits include Star TV Plus’ Just Dance Live (co-choreographer), So You Think You Can Dance (assistant choreographer), Mystic India: The World Tour (choreographer / dancer), and Dance India Dance North America (2nd Runner Up). He was assisted by Aaliya Islam.
Kasbee adds colors to life, style to the simple & transforms simple into the fashion with its wide range of custom clothing, handmade jewelry and accessories. Founder and designer Vaishali Vakil has been creating custom clothing, accessories, and dance costumes for over 5 years. With attention to detail and the desire to create unique pieces, Kasbee creates clothing and accessories for types of clients.
Visual artist, animator, and designer Raxit Faldu and Faldu Studio are a creative agency based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that provides a wide range of services including animated films, graphic design, and more. Faldu Studio created the short animated films that carry the audience through the ages of Hindi cinema.
Nyasa Production Studio
Nyasa Production Studio is a creative design studio providing high quality 3D animation, post production, VFX and related services. NPS provides creative solutions to a wide range of local and international clients with a unique combination of 3D artists, animators, graphic designers, copy writers and other creatives who come together to work in a studio designed for artists.
Other members of the creative team include:
Bhargav Purohit – Scriptwriter
Music Team – Kanishka Bhatia, Maharshi Patel, and Anil Jeengar
Support for the world premiere at Lincoln Center Out of Doors came from the India Center Foundation, Anil Bansal, and Raoul Bhavnani.