Bollywood on Campus!

Allison Sodha

Last week, there was a surprise event on the Oregon State University campus: A Bollywood flash mob dance, choreographed by Neha Neelwarne. In all, 75 dancers shed jackets to reveal bright orange shirts and joined in the synchronized moves to the title music from the Hindi film Salaam-E-Ishq. After the performance ended in the Memorial Union Quad, the dancers quietly drifted back into the crowd.

Neelwarne, a native of Mysore, India, teaches a Bollywood dance class at OSU. “I thought a flash mob would be a really fun idea,” she said. Neelwarne recruited dancers during the summer via email and in person, hoping the surprise would be kept a secret. “There was a good mix of ages, cultures and different life experiences in the group,” she said.

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Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

Sodha Travel was born from my desire to share the beauty of India with the world. Since then, our services have extended to other destinations - but our passion remains the same. To me, traveling is a multifaceted relationship: a relationship with other cultures, a relationship with other people, and ultimately a relationship with our own self.