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BOLLYWOOD came to a university when musical theatre students tried out traditional Indian dance.

Young people at the University of Chichester began the final year of their studies with a dance masterclass.

The students were given an insight into Bharathanatyam from Geetha Sridhar, an acclaimed performer in both India and the UK.

She guided them through a two-hour session.

The session was part of a final year module titled Bollywood and Beyond, which gives students a chance to study and appreciate various forms of Asian Theatre, ranging from traditional styles such as Kathak and Bollywood, through to the Chinese Peking Opera and the captivating Japanese Noh and Kabuki Theatre.

Andrew Wright, associate lecturer in musical theatre, said: ‘Bollywood and Beyond is of huge importance as part of the journey our students embark on when learning about various musical traditions and practices.

‘In particular, this module will challenge the students’ perceptions of what constitutes ‘musical theatre’ – they are allowed the opportunity to experience both practical and contextual study of Asian forms of musical theatre.

‘The workshop with Geetha gave the students a chance to, not only learn a new style of dance, but also parallel those learnings to their traditional western training in ballet, tap or modern. Geetha is a fascinating teacher and a captivating performer!’