Brazilian carnival in Mumbai


Models Carol Gracias and Nethra Raghuraman at the presentation yesterday. Brazilian rhythms and the glamour of Bollywood. Samba and salsa meet khatka and matka. On April 12, twenty Brazilian carnival dancers will perform at 7 p.m., at the Bandra-Kurla Complex Grounds. This event is part of the Indo-Brazilian Society's (IBS) Cultural Exchange Programme and is being organised by Golden Tobacco Company's (GTC) Platinum Ignites.

The event will be a fusion of Brazilian music and the glamourous appeal of Bollywood. Mumbai's own rock group sensation, 'Pentagram' will be performing. There will also be choreographed dances by Yana Gupta and Malaika Arora Khan performing to some of Bollywood's hottest numbers.

The troupe arrives on April 9 and will be here for 15 days under the exchange programme. The members come from the Main Stream Samba School, and they are flying in after performances at the famous Carnival de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Mr. Jugal Mehra, president of the IBS said that with business opportunities between India and Brazil increasing, the two countries are now working on a number of mutually profitable projects for the future. Said Mr. Monal Desai, VP, sales & marketing, GTC, "This Brazilian-cum-Bollywood carnival is the first of many such youth-centered entertainment experiences."