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August 25, 2005


Ron Newman

Here's an announcement I received about tomorrow's ArtsUnion event:

WHAT: "Bhangra Bash: The Arts of India," part of the ArtsUnion event series
WHERE: Union Square, Somerville (outdoors in the plaza)
WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 6-9pm (rain date: 8/28, same times)
COST: Absolutely none.

About the event:
On August 27th, ArtsUnion will celebrate Indian culture with “Bhangra Bash: the Arts of India,” a free public festival in Union Square! Originally, bhangra described a Punjabi folk song and dance, performed at harvest season and other festive occasions. Today, the definition and popularity of the genre has grown—especially in the pop culture realm. Bhangra is celebrated in Bollywood films and blasted in night clubs around the globe. This ArtsUnion event will feature Falu with Aditya Kalyanpur on tablas, a band that plays a range of Indian music, from rock to classical sounds. MIT’s bhangra dance troupe, Noor-e-Punjab, will perform two festive dances and Beth Lakshmi will perform traditional Bharata Natyam dance. DJ Dhakfu will spin and discuss a range of Indian club music—from Bhangra and Bollywood to Asian Massive and Hindustani. Videographer Chris Andrews will also be on hand, live mixing Bollywood film clips, playfully quoting films like Rangeela and Khal-Nayak. Owners of the local Union Square Indian market, Little India, will be on hand doing henna hand painting and creating a rangoli display. We will also have a ‘mix-your-own-masala’ table where people can create their own mixture of Indian spices.

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