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Kalapriya Dance to honor Raj Kapoor

“Re-Imagine: A Bollywood Dance Tribute Raj Kapoor”

“Re-Imagine: A Bollywood Dance Tribute to Raj Kapoor”

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:37PM

Raj Kapoor, the actor, director and film producer who died in 1988, is often referred to as “the Charlie Chaplin of India.” On March 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., Kalapriya Dance, Chicago’s 20-year-old company — which is devoted to supporting India’s performing arts traditions through its dance troupe, classes, and the presentation of Indian dancers and musicians — will pay tribute to him at the Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn.

“Re-Imagine: A Bollywood Dance Tribute to Raj Kapoor,” marks the second annual dance retrospective of iconic Bollywood film stars. Choreographed by Kalapriya Dance alumni Shalaka G. Kulkarni, this 75-minute, multi-media show promises to “recreate a slice of classic Bollywood by evoking the charm of the famous and storied Raj Kapoor in front of projections of his classic films.”

Kapoor, credited with bringing Indian cinema to the world, was adored by audiences in Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Southeast Asia, and his widely popular films were hugely influential in defining the entertainment road map of a then newly independent India.

Tickets ($25; $15 for students and seniors) are available by visiting (for the March 7 performance) and (for March 8).

For further details call Kalapriya Dance at (312) 436-2789 or visit

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