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Tampa Hosts Bollywood’s Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show

India’s Bollywood film industry is known for romantic, over the top musicals that increasingly are reaching a world wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its canada goose black friday sale annual awards ceremony every year outside canada goose outlet of India.

This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa, Fla.

At nearly all of the events held this week in downtown Tampa, the soundtrack has been throbbing Indian pop. At an outdoor dance concert, several thousand people mostly Indian Americans gathered at a park on Tampa’s waterfront.

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In the past, these Bollywood awards have been held in international cities like Bangkok, Amsterdam and Singapore. Tampa, although on one of Florida’s most beautiful bays and experienced with hosting large gatherings, isn’t exactly an international capital.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says one selling point for IIFA was how well the city did two years ago hosting the Republican National Convention.

“They wanted to introduce the canada goose coats Bollywood brand to https://www.estrategias.de the United States,” Buckhorn says. “It had never been here before, so they picked a city where there’s a big Indian American community, with the biggest media market in the state of Florida. So canada goose outlet jackets it made sense for a lot of reasons, and one thing we know how to do canada goose outlet nyc is put on a big canada goose coats on sale show.”

But even cheap canada goose the mayor concedes, Bollywood awards are canada goose store nothing like a GOP convention.

“The Republican convention looked like me: a bunch of stuffy old white guys in suits,” he says. “This is nothing but glitz and glam and lights and music and beautiful people.”

Indian Americans and some non Indian fans have flocked to the Bollywood events this week. Canada Goose Online Tickets to Saturday night’s awards spectacular at Tampa’s football stadium go from a hundred dollars into the thousands. More than canada goose outlet parka 20,000 people are expected, and IIFA estimates the worldwide TV audience in the hundreds of millions.

But there are also red carpet events this week, where fans can see their favorite stars up close. One of those stars is Anil Kapoor. He is well canada goose outlet toronto factory known even to Western audiences for his role in Slumdog Millionaire, emphatically not a Bollywood musical. Kapoor was everywhere in canada goose outlet black friday downtown Tampa this week; dancing, cutting ribbons and doing his best to charm fans and the media.

“Congratulations to all the people of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay, we love you, you’re the best,” he said to excited fans.

To attract the stars of India’s film industry to Tampa, it takes more than canada goose outlet Canada Goose online sale charm it takes money. The city and IIFA got significant financial help from a local philanthropist, Kirwan Patel. Patel is a Tampa cardiologist who admits he’s not a huge fan of Bollywood films, but he says he jumped at Canada Goose Parka the chance to help bring a wellspring of Indian culture to his hometown.

“Culture and art is a great medium to cross barriers of race, canada goose outlet canada religion canada goose outlet store [and] ethnicity,” Patel says. “And I felt that this is a good way of canada goose outlet store uk promoting a cultural spirit of India and introducing it to the United States.”.

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