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Valley News Dispatch: Sharing the colorful spirit of India

Friday, March 19th, 2010

By Rex Rutkoski

Music, dance, food, fashion, crafts, film and more put the rich heritage of India in the spotlight Sunday in O'Hara. 

The "Celebrate India at Boyd" activities make up this year's expanded and multifaceted cultural event at Boyd Community Center, which debuted last year as "Bollywood at Boyd." The family program is a fundraising event for Boyd and Lauri Ann West Memorial Library.

"Last year was a huge success," says Cindy Minogue of O'Hara, Zumba instructor at the center, who conceived the idea.

"We were thrilled that last year over 200 people attended the event, more than we expected. We even ran out of food," says Jennifer Schaupp, Boyd program director and event coordinator. "Everyone had a great time, as evidenced by the long lines for food, henna tattoos and the children's craft activity."

The highlight of the night, she says, was the audience-participation dance, led by Bhangra and Bollywood dancer Ruby Jain. "It had the entire room on its feet," Schaupp says.

That fun will be expanded by an hour this year.

Minogue says she takes a lot of enjoyment from Indian culture. "I love the music, and the dancing is electric. The food is delicious, the people are so generous and warm, and the traditional dress is so elegant," she says. "I'm doing this as much for myself as I am for Boyd and the Indian community. So I can enjoy it with everyone else."

This year, Dr. Ravi Godse, Indiana Township independent director and producer, will give a brief talk about filmmaking and will screen clips from his upcoming Bollywood film, "If it Ain't Broke, Break It!"

Dr. Godse, who is a physician, also acts in his comedies, typecasting himself as "Dr. Ravi," which becomes both a first and last name for his flawed, yet out of the ordinary, characters.

In his latest film, Godse, who is an internist on staff at St. Margaret Hospital, is joined by an ensemble that includes veteran actors such as Richard Kind, Steve Guttenberg, Sabrina Bryan and Rondell Sheridan. (A clip and more information can be found at: www.moviebroke.com)

He considers "If it Ain't Broke, Break It!" a family-friendly farce, his most ambitious film to date. It is about a doctor with terminal illness whose new goal in life is to make the people around him happy.

Diverse Indian culture

Dr. Avinash Aggarwal of Fox Chapel, an Alle-Kiski Medical Center neurologist, one of the organizers of "Celebrate India at Boyd," says it is a vital aspect of society as a whole to understand and respect one another's culture. "This cannot happen without educating people about your own heritage, which is why Boyd is helping showcase the rich and diverse Indian culture," he says.
 

To read more, please visit the Valley News Dispatch website.

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