Gonzo: “I want to go to Bombay, India, and become a movie star.”
Fozzie: “You don’t go to Bombay to become a movie star! You go where we’re going: Hollywood.”
Gonzo: “Sure, if you want to do it the easy way.”
That exchange from The Muppet Movie comes to mind whenever someone mentions Bollywood, Slumdog Millionaire, or anything else related to Indian entertainment. And those things were mentioned to me this week by ESD and SMU graduate Krishna Parmar, who is the director of Raas All-Stars, a dance competition coming to the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Saturday.
Parmar said the competition is being hosted by a group of young professionals who all went to ESD, Greenhill, and St. Mark’s. It will feature seven collegiate Indian dance teams from around the nation. “It’s like the Super Bowl for these teams,” Parmar said. In addition, Raas All-Stars benefits Ekal Vidyalaya — a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating illiteracy off the face of rural India.
So, it sounds like a worthy cause as well as a much more interesting way to spend a Saturday evening than you had previously planned. Win, win.