Sari-clad Wedding Party to add Bollywood splash to Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Courtesy: Hayley Madden

Sari-clad Wedding Party to add Bollywood splash to Platinum Jubilee Pageant

A Bollywood-themed Wedding Party of dancers and performers, alongside a six-meter-high four-tiered cake and a specially designed organic sari, will add the Indian flavour to Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this holiday weekend.

Nutkhut, a UK-based company dedicated to South Asian performance arts, is among a select few to participate in grand Platinum Jubilee Pageant marking the finale of the weekend-long celebrations on June 5. The “Wedding Party” by Nutkhut is conceived as a celebration of the universal joy of families and communities uniting through the coming together of two people. It will be performed in an elaborate Bollywood style, by 250 performers of all ages, from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Southampton and Newcastle.

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A Bollywood-themed Wedding Party of dancers and performers, alongside a six-meter-high four-tiered cake and a specially designed organic sari, will add the Indian flavour to Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this holiday weekend.

Nutkhut, a UK-based company dedicated to South Asian performance arts, is among a select few to participate in grand Platinum Jubilee Pageant marking the finale of the weekend-long celebrations on June 5. The “Wedding Party” by Nutkhut is conceived as a celebration of the universal joy of families and communities uniting through the coming together of two people. It will be performed in an elaborate Bollywood style, by 250 performers of all ages, from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Southampton and Newcastle.

Courtesy: Hayley Madden

Nutkhut says the spirit of the Commonwealth will flow through its Platinum Jubilee sari, a key feature of the performance and composed of sustainable recycled plastics to be displayed on four-meter-high puppets. The final design of the sari was chosen by renowned fashion designer Paul Costelloe and created as a group project by 15 talented students from Arts University Bournemouth. Around 20 dancers will wear the sari print, as well as two custom-made mega puppets draped in the stunning design will travel alongside the tiered wedding cake. Ten saris have also been packaged, posted and stamped with a wax seal of approval to cities across five continents where they will be worn by individuals in front of iconic backdrops such as New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Rome’s Colosseum.

Nutkhut Co-Artistic Director Simmy Gupta said: “To re-imagine the sari, a timeless garment, for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant is both an honour and a joy.

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“Born in Wolverhampton and from a working class background, I am honoured to be invited to curate a section of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, it is such a unique and rare opportunity.”

Celebrations began with the Queen’s Birthday Parade or Trooping the Colour taking place at Horseguards Parade in London this week. It will be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral and then a Party at the Palace concert with some of the biggest names in music. The extended Jubilee weekend comes to a close on June 5 with the pageant.

Millions are also expected to sit down to a Big Jubilee Lunch over the course of the weekend, with thousands of events planned by local councils up and down the country, including screenings, street parties, picnics and lunches.

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