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Palace swings to Bollywood beats
British Asian dance group Nutkhut
about me growing up in England, being
staged its Bollywood Steps dance act
Inspired by Bollywood fi lms, the 40 a British-Asian.”
inside Buckingham Palace in October
minute Bollywood Steps show features Queen Victoria commissioned the
at a special reception to mark a state
dance numbers fusing folk, classical, Palace ballroom for entertaining; it is
visit by Indian President Pratibha Patil.
Bhangra, hip hop, jazz, salsa and con- where Mendelssohn once performed
temporary dance with all the glam- organ recitals, and is now used for
The dance, choreographed by dancer
our of Bollywood. A special 15 minute investitures and banquets. For the
Simmy Gupta, was performed in the
performance - adapted for the mag- Bollywood Steps performance, further
Buckingham Palace ballroom in front
nifi cent surroundings of the ballroom, historical connections were made as
of an audience of some 250 invited
the largest of the Palace’s 775 rooms dancers performed beneath a velvet
guests, including prominent members
- featured fi ve female and three male canopy, made for the Delhi Durbar
from among the British Indian com-
dancers and was said to be the high- held in 1911 to celebrate the corona-
munity. Guests included actors Meera
light of the reception. tion of George V and Queen Mary.
Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, cricketers
The Indian food and canapés served
Monty Panesar and Vikram Solanki, TV
Simmy Gupta says, “It was a privilege at the reception were cooked by chefs
newsreader Krishnan Gurumurthy and
and an honour to be asked to perform at from Buckingham Palace and London’s
Tim Singh, founder of the successful
the Palace. We’re British, we’re Asian oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy.
New Look chain of high street fashion
and we are contemporary, and we also
stores.
know our roots. Bollywood Steps is
Bangla Beer wins gold medal
The marketing men at Bangla Beer
but subtle enough not to overpower its nation’s favourite dish. And what is the
certainly know how to push a few but-
more delicate aspects. modern-day British gentleman and
tons. “It’s colour . . . reminiscent of the
his lady likely to drink, whatever their
golden hue of the sun setting over the
Of course, the boys at Bangla are in ethnic background, when they indulge
Bay of Bengal” runs one of the lines
for a real fi ght when it comes to mus- in a takeaway curry or head off down
on its promotional website. The sales
cling in on the UK market, where a to the local tandoori? Why, Indian beer
pitch goes on to extol the characteris-
recent survey identifi ed chicken tikka of course. Bangla Beer has once again
tics of the blond beer which is said to
masala – a culinary invention geared been awarded a Gold Medal for excel-
be robust enough to handle the spic-
towards the palate of the former lence by the Monde Selection in 2009
ing of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes
Empire’s mother country – as the in Brussels.
Ghulam Faruque with the trophy.
Spice Business Magazine 17 November | December 2009
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