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Canada's South Asian Film Festival -A major success

Canada s South Asian Film Festival A major success pardesi news 1459247694

Canada's South Asian Film Festival was a major success

Mississauga witnessed The Bollywood Monster Mashup, Canada's biggest South Asian festival that fetched crowds of thousands of people for two days of dance, music, yoga, fun, food, shopping and laser blasts at the Celebration Square.

Mississauga neighbours Toronto and is the sixth largest city in Canada. It is home to the second biggest concentration of Indians in the country.

Innovation of famous Indian-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli, the festival flashes the universal attributes of the city by serving Bollywood music and dance in fusion with various genres from around the globe.

The high points of the festival, which ended last week, were Indo- Canadian singer Jonita Singh and Indian-British singer Ash King. Jonita Singh has sung along with A R Rahman and Shreya Ghoshal. She has also sung the title track of the blockbuster movie Chennai Express. Ash King is famous for his hit Bollywood tracks such as 'Te Amo', 'Aunty ji', 'I love you' and 'Meherban'.

People at the Celebration Square went crazy and insane when the two singers crooned their hit numbers.

Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie was completely absorbed in the Bollywood spirit. Dancing on the song 'Balam pichkari' from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, she added liveliness to the festival.

The festival also had lasers that were one of the major attractions. The beautiful laser logos created patterns on the walls of the City Hall.

The festival was not only limited to Bollywood films and music, but also had yoga, dance classes and sumptuous delicacies. It reminded visitors of Dilli Haat as it offered a unique shopping experience.

The festival clearly depicts the versatile and diverse character of Mississauga city as it had the fusion of Bollywood and other genres. People from over a hundred countries have settled here.

When asked for a conclusion to the festival, Vikas Kohli said,
"Everything about this Bollywood festival is a fusion act- cultural fusion, genre fusion... orchestra, laser show. Actually, we are throwing a huge party (for people of all cultures in the city)."

"Five years ago, Mississauga city asked me to fill the gap because we didn't have a high-quality festival. Immediately, Bollywood Monster Mashup was a hit because Bollywood is so popular everywhere. In just five years, we have become the largest South Asian film festival in Canada.

We get our local artists to mingle with international artists. In fact, many artists come for their Premiere Canadian performances here."
International performances at this year's festival included Mexican Trumpets and Brazilian Percussion.

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