Hollywood to Bollywood was first conceptualized by Valli Batchelor, the event’s artistic director, and premiered in 2011 under the sponsorship of the SAEA’s Abqaiq Chapter. "This event is an example of how the arts of movements and music can break barriers, deepen bonds of friendship, and promote health,” said Valli, an Abqaiq resident since 2009 and an Australian national award-winning proponent of multicultural arts. Valli is also a student with the School of Population Health.
In October 1995 the BBC science program Tomorrow’s World aired striking footage of a mouse with a human ear growing on its back. This vilified and celebrated living object became one of the defining images of the late 20th century and a symbol of our increasing capacity to shape and alter living bodies.