Rhythm India Program

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, Welcome to The Sharon® L. Morse Performing Arts Center!

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We welcome you to The Sharon: a place for you to see an old favorite, but also a place to discover your new favorite. I sincerely hope you enjoy the show today, and I look forward to seeing you here again soon!

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ARTIST MANAGEMENT PARTNERS (AMP) WORLDWIDE PRESENTS

A Joya Kazi Unlimited Production

KISMAT - A BOLLYWOOD DESTINY

Immerse yourself in the world of Hindi Cinema with classic songs from the world’s largest Film Industry.

GHUNGROO KI AWAAZ - THE VOICE OF THE DANCE BELLS

Step into the royal palace courts of the Mughal Era with stories of joy, heartbreak, love and longing in a time shaped by Hinduism, Islam, and the North Indian classical form of Kathak dance.

– INTERMISSION –

SATRANG - COLORS OF CLASSICAL DANCE

Experience the 2,000 year old traditions of Indian Classical Dance that blossomed in temples, survived colonialism, and have flourished through today.

MOHABBAT - RISE IN LOVE

Embrace the nostalgia of heart-skipping moments that lead you to your true love.

DHOLNA - FOLK RHYTHMS

Sway to the soulful rhythms of the villages that tell stories of everyday life from celebrations of kite flying to home remedies for removing the evil eye.

TAARE ZAMEEN PAR - STARS AMONG US

Dance along to foot-tapping songs that relish in the eclectic rhythms that bridge old and modern-day India.

INDIA WALE - FOR THE CULTURE

Celebrate the music, dance and culture of India!

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CAST & CREDITS

DANCERS

Joya Nandy Kazi - Director & Choreographer

Krystal A. Pires-Patch - Dance Captain

Tejeswini Chakraborty - Assistant Choreographer

Ashish Kumar - Assistant Choreographer

D. Valentine

Miguel Angel Castro-Islas

Colleen Melhuish

Zantino Bustos

Angelica Irizarry

Shailen Vines

Adarsh Satish

Sera Shahgholian

Aygul Maksutova

NARRATORS

Voiced by Saveree Joshipura

Danced by Ramya Durvasula

SPECIAL THANKS

Papiha Nandy - Costume & Jewelry Design

Contributing Choreographer for “Rang De” - Rishi Sharma

Diane Burrell – Travel Logistics

Melissa Brown – Tour Manager

RHYTHM INDIA

Bollywood & Beyond

Rhythm India takes you on the journey of dance and celebration to Bollywood & Beyond. Experience the vibrant costumes, dynamic music, and soulful rhythms of the “ghungroo” dancing bells from the echoing heart beats of royal palaces and sacred temples, to the swaying voices of desert villages and modern stages. Created by World Choreography Award Nominee & Telly Award Winning director & choreographer, Joya Kazi, and featuring the company dancers of Joya Kazi Unlimited as seen on screens from Bollywood to Hollywood.

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Tour Direction:

Artist Management Partners Worldwide LLC

Tim Fox | Alison Ahart Williams | Georgina Ryder www.amp-worldwide.com

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Welcome to Rhythm India: Bollywood and Beyond. This show is my love letter to the Motherland where I was born, but left too soon to have much memory of. Nonetheless, Her music, dance, traditions and culture never left me and helped shape me into the South Asian American artist that I am today. “Bollywood” is a term coined by the West that doesn’t do justice to the multitude of classical, folk, traditional, and commercial art forms India has to offer. It unfairly groups television and film industries of different regions, music styles, theater forms, and dance disciplines into one cloudy genre. I hope that this show gives you a look into the beautiful world of just a few of the many different art forms India has to offer, both Bollywood and Beyond.

JOYA KAZI, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Kazi is a Telly Award Winning, World Choreography Award Nominated, and Universal Dance Award Nominated multihyphenated artist. A choreographer, actress, dancer, educator and entrepreneur having founded her company at just sixteen years old, her work has earned her a spot on the DissDash list of Coolest South Asians and she is featured on a public mural at the Artesia Library of Los Angeles County representing the city’s South Asian influence of art & culture. She is a member of the Emmys/ Television Academy, has served on the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards Nominating Committee and has also served on countless judging panels including the World Choreography Awards. Behind the camera, she represents and casts the finest South Asian dance talent and consults on productions from stage to screen worldwide. Joya’s credits span Hollywood to Bollywood and include Mindy Kaling’s ‘Netflix Never Have I Ever’ in which her choreography was critically acclaimed as a “Hollywood Milestone” and one of the “Best Onscreen Moments of 2020” by Mashable. Her work also includes Disney, Dreamworks, FOX ‘New Girl’, Asian American Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, Grammys, DJ Snake, and The Strokes. She was Top 8 on Reality TV show “Dance Plus”, has trained actors like India’s Jaqueline Fernandez, Disney’s Avantika Vandanapu, and has performed with Bollywood stars, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Madhuri Dixit, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh and Siddharth Malhotra. Kazi has 30+ years of Indian Classical training in Kathak, Odissi and Bharatnatyam, she studied Theatre & Dance with an Emphasis in Choreography and Production Management at UC Davis, and aims to bridge the classical and commercial worlds of the East & West with both innovation and authenticity.

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Joya Kazi Unlimited was first founded in Joya Nandy Kazi’s Bay Area hometown in 2004 offering dance education through a multi-faceted curriculum incorporating both Classical & Contemporary dance studies of the East & West with a focus on technique, choreography and performance. Offerings expanded to Los Angeles in 2012 to include fitness training and dynamic shows presented by JKU’s critically acclaimed Resident Dance Company known for elevating Indian Classical and Bollywood styles into the mainstream. JKU’s unprecedented quality has brought about accolades for the award-winning Academy & Performance Company as Kazi was steering the company into new spaces with an increased focus on developing services in the Entertainment and Events Industries worldwide. JKU expanded into Joya Kazi Entertainment in 2021 to best reflect its services offered in TV & Film as an Entertainment Agency from stage to screen in Dance, Choreography, Casting, & Consulting.

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