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‘Ticket to Bollywood’ kicks off Qatar-India 2019

‘Ticket to Bollywood’ kicks off Qatar-India 2019

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
THE award-winning production ‘Ticket to Bollywood’ was staged at the Katara Opera House on Monday marking the beginning of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
The spectacular performance, directed by award-winning director Shubhra Bhardwaj and choreographed by Pravarsen Yesambare, brought to life on Doha stage for the first time the colours, music, cinema, traditions and heart of Indian culture.
The event was attended by Qatar Museums (QM) Acting CEO Ahmad al Namla, Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran and other ambassadors and VIP guests.
Speaking to the local media prior to the programme, Bhardwaj shared how the show had captured the hearts of audiences in different countries.
“Ticket to Bollywood is a very successful production. It debuted at the World Expo Shanghai in 2010 getting standing ovation of 8,000 Chinese people. After that, we have travelled to 18 countries and done 750 shows. The production has seen some very lovely platforms and it is an honour and privilege that the Qatar Museums and the Embassy of India have chosen us as the opening show for the Qatar India Year of Culture,” Bhardwaj said.
She added, “The production was titled ‘Ticket to Bollywood: An Indian Bioscope’ because it showcases all of India. It has great rhythm and a traditional aspect to it. It captures the colour, the sound, the cinema and the culture of India in three different periods- ancient India, traditional India and modern India.”
The director said bringing the production to Qatar ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022 would draw more Indian nationals to visit Qatar.
The programme opened with the performance of students from the Birla Public School in Doha, who were specifically chosen by the Indian Embassy to participate in the show. The segment showcased the culture, tourism and gastronomy of India.
Ticket to Bollywood gave the audience an authentic feel of the grandeur of Bollywood cinema which is one of the world’s biggest film industries. The colourful costumes, grand choreography, sophisticated lighting and sounds were the strong elements of the show.
“It is impossible to touch upon all the aspects of India’s rich culture and heritage in this limited time provided to me, however, if I had to describe it with one word it would be diversity- a rich diversity of both landscapes and history,” QM Acting CEO Ahmad al Namla commented on the occasion.
Aisha Ghanemal Attiya, head of Years of Culture at QM, added, “From art to mathematics and medicine, India is home to a great civilisation that has made tremendous contributions to humanity. We are looking forward to introducing Indian audiences to the richness and diversity of our own country.”
In his remarks, Indian envoy HE P Kumaran detailed the rich programmes lined up for the year of culture, mentioning specially a collaboration between famous Indian composer A R Rahman and Qatari composer Dana al Fardan.

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