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Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams
Culture Gully and Nautanki Mahal auditorium, Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon
Address Sector 29, Gurgaon, India
Owner The Great Indian Nautanki Company
Current use Live entertainment, theatre, culture and food boulevard
Opened 2010
Website
.in.kingdomofdreamswww

Kingdom of Dreams is India's first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination,[1] It is located in Sector 29, Gurgaon in NCR Delhi, near the Leisure Valley Park. It was inaugurated on 29 January 2010 by the Chief Minister of Haryana[1] and opened to public on 18 September 2010 by Union Minister of Tourism, Kumari Selja. The opening showcased a special preview of the Bollywood musical, Zangoora, starring Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan and Kashmira Irani.[2] Spread over 6 acres (24,000 m2) and built at a cost of over Rs. 2 billion, Kingdom of Dreams is run by the Great Indian Nautanki Company (GINC), a joint venture between Apra Group and Wizcraft.

The destination consists of two theatres, Nautanki Mahal and the Showshaa Theatre, and a cultural and cuisine area known as Culture Gully.[3][4]

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was named the global ambassador of Kingdom of Dreams on 19 September 2010.[5][6] The 2010 Commonwealth Games' official theme song, Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto by composer A R Rahman was launched in the complex on 28 August 2010, with a performance by Rahman, accompanied by dance performances by Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan and Kashmira Irani, on the theme of Zangoora - The Gypsy Prince.[7]

History

The complex was inaugurated on 29 January 2010, by Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda, with Bollywood personalities and lyricist Javed Akhtar, Ehsaan and Loy, music composers of musical Zangoora. It is a project of The Great Indian Nautanki Company jointly owned by Wizcraft International Entertainment and Apra Group.[8]

Nautanki Mahal

Kingdom of Dreams auditorium, Nautanki Mahal, where the musical Zangoora was inaugurated in 2010

Nautanki Mahal is an 835-seat auditorium within the complex and is designed like a grand palace.[1] Indian and international theatrical productions are staged there.

The auditorium holds a hydraulic stage, automated fly bars, and a matrix sound system that makes the theater experience real.

Nautanki Mahal opened with its first original live Bollywood musical Zangoora - The Gypsy Prince, starring, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan, Kashmira Irani and Sadanand Patil. Music for the musical was composed by Bollywood composers, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the story, screenplay and dialogues are by Javed Akhtar, Dance direction and choreography were by Shiamak Davar, costumes by Neeta Lulla, while stunt direction was by Alan Amin.[1]

GINC launched a musical comedy Jhumroo on 7 April 2012. Jhumroo is a tribute to Kishore Kumar and his legacy to music and Bollywood. The musical comedy features 19 retro songs of Kishore Kumar's.

Jhumroo is the story of Bhola, a guy next door who wants to make it big in Bollywood as a singer and profess his love to Meena. Television stars Gaurav Gera and Shweta Gulati play the lead roles of Bhola and Meena respectively. The production was directed by Vikranth Pawar, the associate director of Zangoora – The Gipsy Prince.

Nautanki Mahal has the Maharaja Lounge that serves snacks and drinks during the show interval.

Culture Gully

Culture Gully entrance
Entrance to Maharashtra facade, Culture Gully.

Culture Gully is the arts, crafts and food boulevard at the Kingdom of Dreams. It is fully ac boulevard spread across 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2), with theme restaurants and live kitchens from 14 states of India, represented with their representative architecture and decor.

Each state pavilion's architecture has something unique. For example, the entrance to Mumbai is through a local train compartment that resembles the Victoria Terminus while the Goa stall has a beach shack serving Goan treats.

Other than regional delicacies, the state pavilions hosts street performances, artisans and handicraft stores.[1][9] This "Indoor street of India" has a mystic center and massage center that provides "Dry" massage. Opened in July 2010, the entrance to the indoor boulevard is through a 20 ft (6.1 m) gateway, made with Golden lotus petals sparkling with tiny mirrors.[10]

Culture Gully houses two lounge bars – 'The Mehkhana Bar and the Kerela Bar.

Showshaa Theater

Showshaa Theater is a 350-seater covered amphitheater, complete with a soaring tent. Multiple theatrical performances take place here including productions based on Indian mythology.

IIFA Buzz Lounge

The IIFA Buzz Lounge, a Bollywood-themed resto-bar on the first floor of Culture Gully. It also showcases Bollywood memorabilia, the IIFA Awards trophy, movie costumes and posters. It was launched on 1 September 2010 by actor, Salman Khan.[11]

The Royal Card programme

A Royal Card holder enjoys benefits corresponding to the card held. Starting from a Purple card, a user can upgrade to a Titanium card. As the user upgrades from one tier to a higher tier the benefits and features keep on adding to the existing benefits.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "Nautanki gets permanent home in Kingdom of dreams". The Times of India. 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kingdom of Dreams formally opens to public". The Times of India. 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon".  
  4. ^ Madhur Tankha (17 August 2010). "Rahman sings the CWG theme song". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan named Kingdom of Dreams' global ambassador". Hindustan Times. 19 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Shah Rukh is Kingdom of Dreams' global ambassador". Economic Times. 19 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto...". Indian Express. 29 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "A taste of Bollywood and Broadway at Gurgaon’s Kingdom of Dreams". Indian Express. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Art & Culture: Opulence redefined". Hindustan Times. 30 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "India Shining?". Indian Express. 28 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Fan Fare". Indian Express. 1 September 2010. 

References

  • Kingdom of Dreams page at Flickr
  • Disneyland meets Bollywood at Indian theme park
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External links

  • Kingdom Of Dreams, Official website
  • Official blog
  • A taste of Bollywood and Broadway at Gurgaon’s Kingdom of Dreams at The Indian Express
http://www.mycity4kids.com/Delhi-NCR/Fun-Places-To-Go/Kingdom-of-Dreams_Sector-29-Gurgaon/4837_bd
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