Bollywood Boogie Event at the Sugar Land Town Square


Photos: Navin Mediwala

SUGAR LAND: On September 30, 103 dancers of the Rhythm India Bollywood Dance Company mesmerized a crowd of close to 1000 people at the Sugar Land Town Square for an event called Bollywood Boogie. Rhythm India’s Artistic Director & Founder Arzan Gonda and members of Rhythm India have always been passionate about helping animals. So they decided to make this event a fundraiser for various local animal shelters.

Animal shelters present that day were, Fort Bend Animal Services Shelter, Missouri City Animal Shelter, K9Kare & Fort Bend Pets Alive which is a non-profit that is trying to make all Fort Bend shelters – No Kill Shelters. A large number of guests (close to 1000 people) joined in the fun and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Town Square was packed.


In order to raise funds for this event, Rhythm India had a raffle for which generous sponsors donated towards prizes such as an Ipad Air, Apple Watch, An Evening at Sugar Land Town Square which included gift cards from Jupiter Waffles & Chicken, Salata, Baker Street Pub, Ben & Jerry’s & Cillies Cakes. They raised a total of $3611 through the raffle so each shelter got $902 each. The icing on the cake was that 6 dogs got adopted that day.

The event started at 7:00 pm with live Dhol music from Dhol Beat International, which got the crowd pumped up. It was then followed by two Bollywood dance tutorials by instructors Namrata Sirur and Tanisha Hirani. The floor was packed with people of all ages learning Bollywood moves to the songs Abhi toh Party Shuru hui hai and Let’s Nacho. There was a henna tattoo booth and face painting booth and a Bollywood Themed Selfie Booth, which was decorated beautifully by Aalponna Event Design & Planning.

Sharp at 8:00 pm the emcees of the evening Arzan Gonda and Preanka Desai talked about the goal of the show and the festivities began. Rhythm India Dancers took over the performance area and blew everyone away with their energy.

After the show, Rhythm India’s Facebook page got wonderful feed back from the audience members regarding the costumes, the performances and the professionalism of the entire show.


Rhythm India acknowledged and thanked all their students who raised $100 or more through raffle ticket sales on that day. Arzan gave these students a memento for their hard work. The kids included, Ishana Bhatnagar, Riti Patel, Navya Suria, Shraddha Guha, Taruna Jhangiani, Hasya Magesh and Hannah Dill.

Arzan Gonda said, “It was indeed a wonderful experience for all our dancers who danced their hearts out and gave back to our community towards this wonderful cause. The smiles it put on our student’s faces were priceless”.