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Bollywood Extravaganza: Fundraiser for RASTA

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Practice Your Best Dance Moves For A Very Worthy Cause
Bollywood cinema possesses many similarities to the classic musicals produced during the Golden Years of Hollywood, way back in the 1940s. Incorporating an infectious fusion of action, romance, music and dance not to mention handsome actors and gorgeous starlets adorned in a giddying assortment of groovy outfits, it has captivated audiences throughout India for decades, and over more recent years, garnered thousands of fans throughout the world. Over the last decade or so, Bollywood music and dance has also become extremely popular here in Perth, and these days it's even possible for die-hard enthusiasts to join Bollywood dance classes at various venues around the city or to practice their best moves at Bollywood-themed parties. On Saturday November 28th, a Bollywood theme has also been adopted for a unique fundraiser to be held at Hilton Park Bowling Club, for RASTA the Rural Society for Social and Technological Advancement a not-for-profit organisation based in Kerala, in south India.

Image courtesy of Skip / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Skip / Wikimedia Commons

RASTA was established in 1987 in a poor district of Kerala called Wayanad by Omana T.K., a dynamic advocate for the empowerment of women, and has since its inception developed programs that help marginalised tribal groups, poverty-stricken farming communities and socially disadvantaged women throughout the region, as well as serving to preserve the area's unique natural environment. The goal of the fund-raiser is to support these programs, and the event will give participants the opportunity to have a great time while helping a very worthy cause. The evening program will include live music by Dilip' n' the Days and others, Bollywood dancers, a raffle and a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to come along in their best Indian-style clothes (think bright colours, lots of sequins and bindi dots), to help them get into the mood.

All profits from the Bollywood Extravaganza will be donated to RASTA to help them continue all the great work they do. In order for the organisation to develop full financial sustainability, Omana would like to open a home-stay and eco-tourism business at RASTA which will provide employment for the local community, and the funds raised on this evening will go towards supporting this project, amongst others.

In a nutshell, if you love the glitzy dynamic glamour of Bollywood and have secretly yearned to groove to its infectious beat, this Bollywood Extravaganza fund-raiser may be your big opportunity. Taking place on Saturday November 28th at Hilton Park Bowling Club (Shepherd Street, Beaconsfield) from 7.00pm until 11.30pm, admission is $25.00, with all money raised going to RASTA the Rural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement. To learn more about this event, take a look at its Facebook page. Go to the RASTA website to read more about the great work that they do in Kerala, India.
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Why? Have fun while supporting a very worthy cause
When: Saturday 28 November, 7.00pm - 11.30pm
Where: Hilton Park Bowling Club, Shepherd St, Beaconsfield
Cost: $25.00
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