Bite of Bollywood

IndiaFest comes to Milwaukee’s Humboldt Park on Saturday, August 15.

Move over kielbasa and wiener schnitzel, a whole lotta samosas are coming to town. Now in its third year, IndiaFest Milwaukee takes over Humboldt Park with a day of festivities that blend the old and new, and savory and sweet. On stage, there will be Indian classical dance performances, as well as Bollywood-style musical reviews and the festival’s own version of “American Idol” – featuring aspiring Arijit Singhs and Shreya Ghoshalas – in five different age categories. And, of course, there will be great food – from chana masala to palak paneer – from many of the area’s best restaurants and grocers.

Indiafest  (Aug. 15). Humboldt Park, indiafestmilwaukee.org.

‘Bite of Bollywood’ appears in the August 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.