Andaz: Bhangra Bollywood Dance Party

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ANDAZ
instant cash
A Bhangra/Bollywood Dance Party

with your hosts and resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Dante’s

350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-6630

$8 ($5 before 10pm)

Bhangra/Giddha dance lesson with Anjali at 10pm.

Ages 21 and over with proper ID only

ANDAZ is not only the longest-running Desi party on the West Coast, it
is the longest-running Desi party West of the Hudson river.

ANDAZ is such a Portland institution it is mentioned in the travel
guides Best Places Portland 8th Edition and the Moon Handbook
Portland; fitting recognition for a monthly dance party now celebrating the
completion of eleven years of parties!

Anjali and The Incredible Kid first introduced Portland dance floors to the sounds of Bollywood and Bhangra in 2000, but it was not until July of 2002 that they founded a party dedicated exclusively to featuring the sounds of the desi diaspora. ANDAZ was an instant success and many thought the success was a fad. The party started as the Truth Hurts song “Addictive,” featuring a prominent sample of the Bollywood song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai,” was making its way up the charts to a peak of #9. This was one year before a Jay-Z remix of Panjabi MC’s Bhangra track “Mundian To Bach Ke” reached the US Top 40. This was five years before MIA covered the Bollywood song “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja,” and made use of South Indian soundtrack percussion players to create the dense rhythms of several of the tracks on her Kala album. This was seven years before Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Academy Awards and grossed $140 million dollars at the North American box office, with a soundtrack by the Bollywood composer A.R Rahman that one two Oscars, reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums twice, once knocking Lady Gaga out of the top spot after a twelve-week run. This was eight years before Bollywood movies were released in mainstream theaters throughout the Portland metro area, including such unlikely places as the Century Clackamas Town Center.

Thank you everyone for all your support over these many years!