Macey Center brings taste of Bollywood to Socorro

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“Bollywood” is coming to New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, coinciding with the annual 49ers celebration — the University’s version of homecoming.

Submitted photo: Mystic India

Before the performance, Tech Club – Club Macey (TCCM) holds a social in the Macey Center Galena Room from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and at intermission, with Indian-themed appetizers. TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

The troupe Mystic India will entertain and delight audiences with its colorful mix of music, dance and theatre reflecting the culture of a centuries-old land, in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event showcasing Bollywood.

That’s not a typo. Hollywood is in California, while Bollywood describes the Hindi-language film industry based in Mombai — or Bombay, if you prefer — the hub of the largest film industry in India and among the largest film production centers worldwide.

“Mystic India is the first show of its kind to bring together the colorful and exotic culture of India in a spectacular and entertaining performance,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

“The show is a celebration of India through dance, music, theatre and special effects,” she said. “I know the audience will be totally amazed with Mystic India, and will leave Macey Center with an understanding of and appreciation for the beauty and history of the culture.”

Think of the performance as a journey celebrating India’s rich history, which can be traced to the appearance of homo sapiens some 75,000 years ago, and is believed to have spawned the first major civilization of South Asia.

Beginning in the mid-18th century and over the next 100 years, large areas of India were annexed by the British East India Company.

Dissatisfaction with the Company led to a rebellion in 1857, when the British Provinces fell under the control of the British Crown. The subcontinent gained its independence from British rule in 1947, after the British provinces were divided into the dominions of India and Pakistan.

Credit respected Bollywood choreographer and production visionary Amit Shah for arranging a production audiences and critics alike pronounced as highly entertaining.

Shah, the artistic director for Mystic India, is known for his critical eye and creative disposition. He has been actively involved in dance, theater, and media for over 19 years.

The dances he choreographs combine classical forms of Indian motifs with folk dances from various villages in India, as well as American influences such as jazz, hip-hop and ballet.

It’s quite a package.

“A significant part of the PAS mission is to cultivate an appreciation for global cultures through the universal languages of dance, music, color and movement,” Kalish said, adding that this year’s PAS schedule has a particularly international theme.

“Mystic India’s Amit Shah is eminently qualified to tell the story of Indian history and culture,” she continued. “Not only is he a dancer and choreographer, but he has walked the runway for a well known Indian fashion designer, Manish Malhotra, and hosted live concerts and television shows in his country.

“We’re hoping New Mexico Tech alumni in town for 49ers will join us for an evening of spectacular entertainment,” Kalish said.

Through the AATMA Performing Arts dance company he established in 2008, Shah has worked on Bollywood film sets with top actors such as Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza, and with Shahrukh Khan’s production company, Red Chillies Productions.

Shah’s choreography has been featured on stage with Miss World Priyanka Chopra and has been showcased in several music videos and films including “Cappadonna,” and G-Deep’s music video, “Nach Leh.”

His award-winning AATMA Performing Arts troupe is nationally recognized for its entertainment factor and unique style, which has landed performances with Fortune-500 companies.

Mystic India, his most recent endeavor, has captured the attention of the both corporate professionals and leading figures in the entertainment industry across the globe.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see first-class entertainment in a cozy venue at reasonable prices,” Kalish said. “And that, too, is part of the PAS mission.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth17 and under, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up, at the door, or for those out of Socorro, by calling 835-5688.