Showcasing artistic diversity

Raj (Aneesh Cheruthottil) and Prem (Omkar Shivasprasad), kneeling, seek help from matchmakers Aggie (Agnus Varughese) and Anjali (Radhika Vasudeva) to find love.

Photos by Rachel Gouk

Bollywood Romeo, a play written and directed by Aneesh Cheruthottil, a junior business administration major, was presented March 11 in the Yvonne Theater. The production was Cheruthottil’s first experience at directing and writing a play.
The modern-day Bollywood comedy surrounds a quest for true love, including popular Bollywood music, dancing, beautiful costumes, a girl-on-girl twist and some cross-dressing.

Raj and his best friend Prem, played by sophomore Omkar Shivaprasad and Cheruthottil, respectively, are on a mission to find true love.

Raj, an Indian on the outside but an American on the inside, travels to India and encounters the many complexities of Indian culture. He must not only find his true love, but also a wife to marry by a deadline.

Raj and Prem are assisted by matchmaker Aggie and her partner, Anjali, played by sophomore Agnus Varughese and Radhika Vasudeva.

All ticket sales from the event were donated to the United Breast Cancer Foundation.

“It a great experience,” said freshman Yesmin Luna. She was a backup dancer and played Lakshmi, one of the girls chosen as Raj’s bride-to-be.

Percussionists ‘On Fire’

On Fire!! hosted Machuco’s Trabuco, an Afro-Cuban Latin-Jazz percussionist group based in Trenton, also on March 11 in the Fireside Lounge.

The group has been performing for about two years around the Trenton area.

Edwin Estremera leads the troupe with his Spanish vocals and a set of conga drums. He also played bongos, cowbell, timbales and traditional Taino Indian instruments.

The Trenton group’s slick rhythm, trumpets and jiving bass and bongos received wild applause and a new following at On Fire!!

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