Episode 6

The Festival of Lights leads up to some major Indian dance in NYC: classical Bharatanatyam, Basement Bhangra with DJ Rekha, & South St. Seaport’s annual celebration.


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The Masala Bhangra Workout
An Indian cardio fitness program that uses that moves of Bollywood to create a fun and energizing workout regimen for people of all ages and experience levels.

Bharathi Penneswaran and Jyotsna Kalyansundar are two Bharatnatyam dancers, specifically in the Kalakshetra style.  They started the Aalokam Dance Company in order to showcase the elegance and beauty of this classical Indian dance form.

Subrato Bhatacharya Walking Tours
Subrato Bhatacharya is a travel specialist and food photographer/stylist that hosts walking tours throughout Jackson Heights.  With his joint knowledge of the city as well as Indian cuisine, these tours provide guests with first-hand exposure to all that makes the Indian food in Jackson Heights so special.

Jackson Diner Indian Cuisine
37-47 74th Street
Queens, NY 11372
Jackson Diner has been the spot for authentic and delicious Indian Cuisine in Jackson Heights since 1980, including a full buffet.

DJ Rekha & Basement Bhangra at Le Poisson Rouge 
157 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Le Poisson Rouge is a music venue and multimedia art cabaret.  On the first Thursday of every month the venue hosts Basement Bhangra - an event that features the musical stylings of DJ Rekha and his unique blend of South Asian bhangra music and hip-hop/electronic dance music.

Garba in the City
at Pier 60 - The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
20th Street & Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011
Garba in the City is the premier Garba-Raas event in New York.  Since 2011, the event has been held annually during Navaratri at Chelsea Piers.  Here, people with a shared love of Garba and Raas are able to come together to celebrate and dance these high energy styles from Western India.

Bollywood Axion
257 W 39th Street
New York, NY 10108
Bollywood Axion or BAX is the first dance studio to introduce professionally taught Bollywood and Bhangra Dance Classes to the East Coast of the United States. They provide a number of classes for students of all ages and experiences levels.

South Street Seaport Deepawali Festival
at South Street Seaport
200 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
An annual Deepawali (also known as Diwali) celebration that takes place at the South Street Seaport every fall.  The festival is organized by The Association of Indians in America.


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