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Bollywood Party at Dream Community showcases Indian culture

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The annual year-end Bollywood Party officially kicked off at Dream Community yesterday for the fifth consecutive year.

Jeffery Wu (吳德朗), the main organizer of the party and the founder of the Taipei India Music and Culture Organization, said that the party is the perfect chance for the Indian community to re-connect with each other and for Taiwanese to discover more about Bollywood and Indian culture.

“This party is one of the earliest celebrations held by Taiwanese for people to get together and enjoy authentic Bollywood music and dancing in an Indian Bazaar-themed room,” said Wu.

“This year we try to limit the amount of people registering to participate the party because last year over 300 people showed up,” said Wu. “And for everyone's safety, we shrank the party size down to about 180 people.”

Manoj Kriplani, an organizer of the party, said that the purpose of the event is to bring awareness and knowledge about Bollywood and Indian society among all non-Indian people and at same time make it a fun-filled party where all can dance together to Bollywood DJ Tunes.

According to Kriplani, this year, the event offered a complete “Fun Package” for all attendees, including Indian Food stalls offering mouth watering authentic Indian dishes and Bollywood Dances performance by local and Indian artists.

Wu also said that another main attraction of Bollywood Party 2013 was the Mr. and Miss Bollywood Contest that was open to Indians as well as Taiwanese and foreign nationals.

Wu said that they encouraged the attendees to participate in the contest while dressed in Indian- and Bollywood-style attire. The contest was divided into three rounds and was based on the outfits, performances, ramp walk and dancing style of the participants to determine the next Mr. and Miss Bollywood.

“Taiwan has started to get more familiar with the Bollywood culture, which was already a sensation in other countries around the world,” said Wu. “Therefore, we really encourage and welcome everybody to be a part of this exciting party next year and experience the authentic Indian music, dancing and food with us.”

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Dancers dressed in traditional Indian attire perform at the Bollywood Party held by the Taipei India Music and Culture Organization in Taipei, yesterday.

(Courtesy of Taipei India Music and Culture Organization)

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