Bollywood Monster Mashup entertains thousands with once-in-a-lifetime, spontaneous fusion performances

MISSISSAUGA, ON: The largest South Asian festival in Canada, Bollywood Monster Mashup presented by TD, brought together international and homegrown fusion acts in Mississauga Celebration Square on July 22 and 23. This year featured the first-ever Canadian performance by Aishwarya Nigam, the voice of Salman Khan in the hit song “Munni Badnaam Hui,” from the movie Dabangg. Inspired by the local talent, Aishwarya decided to invite Canadian artists to perform with him for his blockbuster numbers.

“The turnout this year was incredible,” says Bollywood Monster Mashup Executive Director Vikas Kohli. “When a high-caliber international star like Aishwarya Nigam spontaneously invites our local artists to perform with him onstage, it reaffirms the world-class talent we present year after year to our massive audience.”

Along with incredible talent, several stand-out leaders of the community attended the festival. Special guests included Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Ron Starr, and Councillor John Kovac. Both Mayor Crombie and Councillor Starr threw beach balls into the energized crowd and even danced with them to Bollywood hit songs.

Aishwarya Nigam, brought to you by Crown Royal, performed his biggest hits to a screaming crowd of thousands at the Bollywood Monster Finale. His raw energy and enthusiasm on stage was an incredible experience as he took over Mississauga Celebration Square. His first performance in Canada touched the hearts of audience members as they sang along to “Jag Ghoomeya” from the hit Bollywood movie Sultan and many other Bollywood hits.

Aishwarya was so inspired and thrilled by the local talent at Bollywood Monster Mashup that he invited them to perform alongside him onstage. Afsana Dance’s high energy performance pumped up the crowd, as they fused Classical Indian and Bollywood dance styles adding sparkle and shine to an already radiant show.

The Matharoo Bros. had an equally powerful performance as the compelling sounds of the dhols captured the audience and kicked the performance up a notch.

Originally scheduled to perform separately, Bishakh Jyoti and Sanchari Bose surprised audiences when they decided to perform together on the spur of the moment for July 22 Bollywood Monster Concert. This unplanned performance became one of the highlights of the festival and the audience couldn’t help but dance and sing along.

The signature act of Bollywood Monster Mashup, Bollywood Monster Orchestra: Symphony Nights, wowed the crowd with a combination of classical symphony musicians performing hit Bollywood tunes. In an exclusive performance of original musical arrangements, this fusion experience was created specifically for the festival.

Culture Shock Toronto dazzled the audience with a stunning cultural fusion dance act. Their unique and energetic performance combined classical and modern Indian dances with their urban counterparts. Bharatanatyam was paired with the feminine style of waacking, bhangra with the energetic footwork of House, and Bollywood with some funky hip hop.

Bollywood Monster Mashup featured breathtaking performances by singers and musicians such as Mehboob Orchestra, Pratik Peters, DESTINY, Mohua & Dhiraj, Pushpinder’s Bollywood Heat Group, the Mississauga Pops, Wildfire Steel Pan, and Toronto All Stars Tassa Group. There were also spectacular performances by dance troupes such as What’s On? Tap! and TriCube Dance.

The Matharoo Bros. had an equally powerful performance as the compelling sounds of the dhols captured the audience and kicked the performance up a notch.

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