Priya did an awesome job of training our group of working professionals even though some of us had no dance background. It takes energy, enthusiasm and a passion for what you do, to organize what Priya did for our Diwali musical in Atlanta. Priya co-ordinated every aspect of the whole dance performance, right from identifying a place for our practice, selecting the songs, scripting and recording, burning CDs & videos for our practice, identifying the costumes, organizing the makeup artists and not to mention, good choreography! In the end, she delivered outstanding dancers in the show and the crowd simply loved it! Did I mention again, that most of our group members had no prior dance experience ?… well, it all changed because of Priya and our friends who supported us all the way to make this happen. She made a big difference in my life, to dance, and I’m very proud that she brought this side of me. Priya, I’m sure you’ve touched hundreds of other lives. Keep dancing and keep teaching people to dance . With love, “Pappu who can’t Dance”,Jan 2010, Atlanta. -Selva Arunachalam, IFMG 2009
From Andinha Atughone, RAQS ATLANTA BELLYADANCING GROUP, with A REVIEW OF Priya’s Bollywood mini-musical “LOVE MERA HIT HIT”, Atlanta 2010: Diwali was truly amazing this year. The Indian Friends MeetUp Group, Atlanta did an excellent job arranging an incredible evening filled with awesome shows, performers and more. It was non stop action from start to finish. After a very warm introduction we sat down and started enjoying the music right away. The place was packed. Tickets were sold out in advance and there were several families there in addition to IFMG members. While the group is predominately Indian (I think Im the only ethnically Nigerian) there are other people that hang out.
This night was no different~it was just BIGGER! After the singing and veggie fare and the fashion show, immediately following was a BOLLYWOOD STYLE show choreographed by Priya Chellani of Indigo Dance. It was very impressive! Absolutely incredible! I couldn’t get over the number of Dance scenes and well choreographed pieces. They must have been preparing since March to memorize all that! Wow!
For me it was as if Bollywood had come to life right before my very eyes. All involved did a fantastic job. Members from Atlanta’s Bellydancing Community also had major dance cameos in the purely Bollywood style routines. There was very little “crossover.” Awesome job!
The plot was a dance teacher tries to teach a 1st time dance student some moves. He’s terrible at it but soon learns. But that’s not all…as with every Bollywood Film there were twists and turns and all sorts of drama accompanied by fabulous dance scenes and costume changes. If anything it showed the capability of Priya Chellani who put this enormous act together. If you can get a hold of the videos then do. I’m putting together a montage soon and will post a link to it on Raqs Atlanta. Big thanks to the IFMG for being so welcoming…And mega zaghareets to Priya for putting the fine touch on the event. It was incredible. *Priya’s picture is on our Raqs Atlanta page cover. More videos and albums from the show will post Friday.
Truly, words cannot express our depth of thanks for your unfailing devotion to your production. From the first spark of your idea to the full flower of our efforts, you have supported us all with your energy, resources, talent and professionalism. We have become stronger dancers and more creative people because of you. Love, hugs and Happy Diwali! – Barbara J Barrett, Raqs Atlanta Bellydancing Troupe member, student and guest performer Diwali Bollywood musical, Atlanta 2009