Upcoming Events: March 11th, April 25th and June 27th – Pride Saturday

Upcoming Events:  March 11th, April 25th and June 27th – Pride Saturday

We’re excited to be joining the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in celebrating International Women’s Day at a gorgeous, private dance lounge space on the Lower East Side. Sholay’s resident DJ Ashu Rai will be serving up an international music mix with Bollywood, dub, pop and 80s /90s flourishes plus a desi-global opening set by Atif. We’ll be partying in Katra’s private Moroccan room to put you in the mood. Their

Posted: February 7th, 2015

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I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

This may just be the all time best slogan at any desi queer pride march. The third edition of Hyderabad Queer Pride and the first one in the newborn state of Telangana took place on the 8th of February with color, culture, and a touch of humor. The march had an underlying theme focusing on Telangana culture. Various signs condemning Section 377—India’s notorious ant-LGBT law were also seen in abundance. Check

Posted: February 12th, 2015

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BollyBingo: Get Lucky! on Friday, Feb 13th

BollyBingo: Get Lucky! on Friday, Feb 13th

Enjoy the pre-Valentine festivities on Friday, February 13th at an extra special Valentine’s event full of bingo fun, Bollywood flair, and exciting prizes!  And, there is no cover. SALGA-NYC Presents: BollyBingo: Get Lucky! Hosted By Linda Simpson feat. spokesmodel Lal Batti & DJ Formika! Friday, February 13, 2015 – 6:45-9:30PM Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (btwn Sullivan and Thompson Sts) Free Admission! * Food and Drink Specials! * Play for

Posted: February 8th, 2015

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Bollywood Cabaret Divas We Love

Bollywood Cabaret Divas We Love

Here’s a bit of inspiration for tonight’s Desilicious Bollywood Cabaret bash. From the the vivacious vamps of th 50′s to the big-haired bombshells of the 80s, enjoy our curated gallery of dancing divas from the golden age of Bollywood cabaret…  

Posted: January 24th, 2015

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Living a Gender Non-conforming Life in Pakistan

Living a Gender Non-conforming Life in Pakistan

Today’s issue of  Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper profiles the lives of 6 people living in Rawalpindi, the garrison town neighboring the capital, Islamabad. Their self-identities range from cross-dresser to transgendered. Each of them courageously shares personal perspectives on living a gender non-conforming life in Pakistan. The short article is accompanied by striking photos capturing moments in their every day lives along with side by side photos

Posted: January 22nd, 2015

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Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

“Hazel eyed-chic-sleek-gorgeously glamorous twinkle toed dancer charmer of the silver screen” is how the Queen of Bollywood cabaret—Helen—is described in a publicity piece from back in ’73. Helen first appeared in Bollywood films in the early 50s where she cut her teeth as a chorus dancer. Her big break came along in 1958 when she performed solo in the film Howrah Bridge to “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” with playback

Posted: January 21st, 2015

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Spicing Up Brooklyn with Anna Roy

Spicing Up Brooklyn with Anna Roy

We’re thrilled to be co-hosting our first Desilicious Supper Club with Anna Roy, the culinary maven behind Brooklyn’s most fab catering company—Daal House. Anna will be presenting a “Winter Kerala Sadya” at a private home in Brooklyn. The dining experience includes a three course meal with wine pairing. Email us at info@sholayevents.com if you are interested in joining the festivities which take place on Saturday, January 31st at 7pm and

Posted: January 18th, 2015

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“Muslim Drag Queens” – featuring Asifa Lahore

“Muslim Drag Queens” – featuring Asifa Lahore

The Guardian has posted a 12-minute video, featuring Asifa Lahore and Ali’s first performance as “Shilpa” at the popular Gaysian party,  “Disco Rani”.  The video,  ‘Muslim Drag Queens” reveals the fears, challenges and exhilaration Shilpa experiences as she prepares for her debut dance number at a Birmingham club. The video  has already received over 300K views and is sure to bring world-wide exposure to the Gaysians while providing a much-needed human

Posted: January 14th, 2015

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