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Meet Amrita Dhaliwal of Indian Wedding in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amrita Dhaliwal.

Amrita, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Indian Wedding show began with a simple shared impulse: to find the use for the many elaborate, barely worn, formal outfits collecting dust from all the family weddings over the years. Really, that’s it.

We (Sunanda Sachatrakul and Amrita Dhaliwal) met doing the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, where we quickly became friends and started collaborating. In March 2017, a mutual friend told us that Three Clubs in Hollywood was looking for unique shows and taking submissions. We sent our full proposal along and from our first brainstorm about the show (aka our closets) to a “yes” from Three Clubs, was less than 2 weeks! Before we realized it, we had our first show and have continued regular shows to sold-out crowds, great audience reviews and stellar LA press.

Sunanda’s background in stand-up and sketch comedy, paired with Amrita’s background in physical theater and clown, gives the show a unique feel, that leaves the audience captivated and coming back for more. Indian Wedding is an immersive theatrical show, staged as a traditional South Asian pre-wedding celebration, “the Sangeet.” Every show features a different cast of preposterous comedic characters, story-tellers, musicians, dancers and other skill acts.

And in March of 2017, Neal Dandade also joined the family! He brings a rich history of Second City sketch comedy along with his MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Between the three of us, we see a future for the Indian Wedding show which includes continued writing and lots more filming!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Scaling up has been the biggest challenge because there are only two of us. But we have received offers to take the show to other cities, but we don’t have the bandwidth to do it. So our growth remains flat.

Indian Wedding – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are story-tellers and theatre-makers. What sets us apart is that we choose the narrative on our terms. We are not limited to the needs or opinions of a board.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success, monetarily, is a sold-out house. Success, as a sense of joy or satisfaction, means something else. Success is achieved if we feel we took the audience on a journey, took risks, and if we showed up at 100%.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • Website: indianweddingla.com
  • Email: indianweddingla@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @indianweddingLA
  • Facebook: @indianweddingLA

Image Credit:
Yutuk Gabriel Kang

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