Melb. South Asian community shake a leg at Telstra B’wood dance competition

IMG_9259The annual Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition is one of the highlights of the Indian Film Festival and attracted
thousands to the Federation Square in Melbourne on 4 May.
Over twenty talented contestants from all over Australia competed for the winning titles with Bollywood’s
brightest stars Malaika Arora Khan from India’s Got Talent, Dhoom 3 Director Vijay Acharya and Producer
Avtar Panesar there to judge the competition.
All judges were very impressed with the event. Malaika encouraged the audience for a round of applause for all
the dancers and said “It takes a lot of courage to come up on the stage and perform in front of so many people,
but what I saw today in terms of dancing, technique, costume and selection of music was all fantastic.”
The contestants belonged to all age-groups and showcased various Indian dance forms including traditional
Indian dances like Bharatnatyam to contemporary and hip-hop dance styles.
The crowd entered into the Telstra ‘VIP’ SMS draw to win access to Telstra’s VIP area. The lucky winners enjoyed
red-carpet treatment with refreshments, VIP seating near the stage and a Telstra gift bag. Telstra SMS voting
also gave the audience the chance to vote for their favourite dancers.
Alister Park, Telstra Marketing General Manager said “we’re thrilled to host a bigger and better Telstra
Bollywood Dance Competition this year after a highly successful 2013 competition. At Telstra we’re very proud of
our connection to the South Asian community and we look forward to bringing even more signature experiences
like this together for everyone to enjoy. .
“It’s great to know that people not only got to see their friends and families perform but also had the opportunity
to get close to some of their favourite Bollywood stars” Mr Park said.
Throughout the day visitors made their way to the Telstra stand where they could capture their own Bollywood
photo moment with a life-size cutout of Malaika Arora Khan or enter questions for their favourite Bollywood
judges at the drop-box.
The judges were excited to see their fan following in Melbourne and readily answered questions from an ecstatic
crowd. While everyone quizzed Malaika about her diva status and her exciting life, the Dhoom 3 directorproducer
team gave the crowd the inside scoop that a Dhoom 4 might be in the making!
The event was attended by the who’s who of the South Asian community in Melbourne including media and
community leaders. Telstra awarded each winning group a prize of $1000.
Sanjana Jaiswal won the Telstra Bollywood Dance competition under 12 category while both Shiamak Davar and
Sapphire group won the adult category in a tie. Over three and half thousand SMS votes were received from the
audience on the day for the People’s Choice Award, which went to Bollywood Dimensions.
The Telstra Bollywood Dance competition was a wonderful Bollywood experience for the entire community,
showcasing plenty of colour and many of Australia’s most talented dancers.


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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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