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BBC Concert Orchestra present Bollywood to Hollywood

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Broadcast on BBC Asian Network, the romance and drama of the world’s largest and loudest film genre will be played out in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 21 April as part of Southbank Centre’s annual festival, Alchemy. Conducted by Robert Ziegler, the concert will be presented by Suzi Mann and recorded for broadcast on BBC Asian Network.

100 years since the birth of Indian cinema, the BBC Concert Orchestra hosts an evening of entertainment and escapism, bringing the rich heritage of the Indian film industry to life alongside traditional singers and a host of award-winning musicians - inviting audiences to slip on a sari or their Sunday best and dance along to the great music of and inspired by India.

From the catchy Bollywood saga hits including Dola Re Dola, Kaahe Chhed Mohe, Eena Meena Deeka, Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, and Jai Ho performed by singers Sangeeta, Shahid Khan and Rekha Sawhney, to Hollywood showstoppers from A Passage to India, Song of India, and Crown of India, the evening’s entertainment celebrates India’s diverse influences on the world’s film industries over the last century.

The concert also puts the spotlight on Bhangra, one of the biggest musical subcultures in Britain today, with dhol drum-driven numbers performed by Bhangra legends Heera, Premi and Mangal Singh, as well as tabla player and composer Kuljit Bhamra who is credited as one of the pioneers of the Bhangra phenomenon.

Conducted by Robert Ziegler, the concert will be presented by Suzi Mann and recorded for broadcast on BBC Asian Network.

Alchemy is Southbank’s annual festival of music, dance, literature, design and debate from India, the UK and South Asia, and runs from Wednesday 10 April 2013 – Monday 29 April 2013.

Listings Information:

BOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD
Sunday 21 April 2013, 7.30pm
Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Kuljit Bhamra tabla
Jonathan Mayer sitar
Sangeeta, Shahid Khan, Rekha Sawhney singers
Bindi Sagoo, Dilraj Bhamra, Ravi Bhamra dhol drummers
Suzi Mann presenter
BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler conductor

Bhangra legends:
HEERA, PREMI, MANGAL SINGH

Tickets: £15 / £12
Box Office: www.southbankcentre.co.uk / 0844 847 9910