Check back for details about the 2014 unCommon Cause.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 6:30 PM | The Commons
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the arts in Columbus this year. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
2013 marks the 38th year of unCommon Cause, the Columbus Area Arts Council’s largest annual fundraiser. Each year the community comes together to celebrate and raise funds for the arts in Columbus. And each year we celebrate with a different theme that helps to set the backdrop of the night’s festivities, that include dinner and dancing. Live and silent auctions complete the evening’s goal of raising funds for the Arts Council.
This year’s theme is Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India. Envision an exotic evening complete with canopied balconies, elephants, festive music, dancing, and a riot of color. Imagine a feast of the senses (minus the elephants, of course) that 2013 unCommon Cause most certainly will be. Complementing the night’s theme, Indian-inspired food will be prepared by chef Gethin Thomas. Exotic drinks, live and silent auctions, and fast-paced games will keep things spicy. Come dressed in your most festive Indian attire. Black tie is certainly acceptable..
Each year community members lead the charge of organizing unCommon Cause. Our 2013 Honorary Chairs are Kiyomi and Anant Talaulicar and Sarla and Swadesh Kalsi. Our co-chairs are Nida and Umar Farooq and Hanna Omar and Nebil Baghum.
Want to know more about this year’s theme, Bollywood?
Even if you’ve never actually seen a film from India, the word Bollywood immediately conjures up images of brightly colored productions shot in exotic locales featuring beautiful stars partaking in impressively choreographed song and dance numbers. Coined in the 1970s, the word Bollywood is a play on Hollywood, with the B coming from Bombay (known as Mumbai today). However, Indian cinema dates back 100 years to 1913 when India’s first feature film Raja Harishchandra was produced by Dadasaheb Phalke.
The film style most often associated with Bollywood began in the 1970s with the films of director Manmohan Desai. Desai’s films are a mash up of genres that include action, comedy, and melodrama and are often punctuated with about six song and dance numbers. Desai said about his style, “I want people to forget their misery. I want to take them into a dream world where there is no poverty, where there are no beggars, where fate is kind and god is busy looking after his flock.”
This hodgepodge of film styles is the model that still dominates the Bollywood industry today. Although greater attention is now paid to plot, character development, and dramatic tension, it is star power that accounts for a film’s success.
Today, 100 years after its inception, Bollywood is one of India’s most powerful and financially lucrative industries, and the world leader in both the number of films produced each year as well as audience attendance.
Wikipedia Lots of good general information.
The Times of India Indian film industry news and Indian celebrity gossip.
BollyWorld.com All Bollywood, all the time.
YouTube.com Bollywood search results include tons of classic song and dance numbers.
Need fashion inspiration for your unCommon Cause costumes?
A history of the Nehru jacket.
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