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An outstanding evening celebrating twenty years of the Asian Music Circuit, the leading promoter of Asian music in the UK.
Performing together in this country for the first time ever, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are India’s most celebrated film music trio. The hugely successful group have provided countless soundtracks for Indian cinema, are critically acclaimed Bollywood music directors, and have composed scores for films from Kal Ho Naa Ho to Dil Chahta Hai and from My Name is Khan to West is West. Their new hit, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, is released in 2011, the same year they recorded the International Cricket World Cup anthem De Ghuma Ke.
The evening will also feature a live performance by the KSPARK dancers, and a beautiful music, dance and audiovisual production of Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali, directed by Sangeeta Datta.
Sponsored by Bank of Baroda. Supported by Arts Council England and the Anjool Malde Memorial Trust. Media Partner: B4U Music.
Shankar Mahadevan Lead Singer
Ehsaan Noorani Lead Guitar player
Loy Mendonsa Lead Keyboard player
Akriti Kakar Female support singer
Raman Mahadevan Male support singer
Shon Frank Pinto Guitar player
Dibyajyoti Nath Bass Guitar player
Gulraj Singh Ghumman Keyboard player
Nishadh Harishchandra Abichandani Percussionist
Darshan Shaileshkumar Doshi Drummer
Prasad Sadananad Malandkar Indian percussionist
SEL’s Production Team
Dhiren Shrikant Pradhan Manager
Ashish Ramesh Kumar Saksena Front of House Engineer
Fali Sorab Damania Monitor Mix Engineer
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are India’s most celebrated film music trio. The group have provided countless soundtracks for Bollywood films, from Kal Ho Naa Ho to Dil Chahta Hai and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (whose soundtracks all sold in excess of 2 million in India alone); they also recorded the official anthem for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the soundtrack to BBC Films’ West is West (2011).
Each member of the group brings something unique: singer Shankar Mahadevan combines the Carnatic (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) vocal traditions, while guitarist Ehsaan Noorani brings a flavour of western rock and Loy Mendonsa (synth/keyboard) contributes a deep understanding of fusion.
The secret of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s success lies in their ability to simultaneously create interest among younger audiences (who tend to be more interested in western music and international influences) while incorporating the best of traditional Indian music. They compose for exotic instrumental palettes, invite up-and-coming vocalists from India’s immensely popular TV talent shows to perform on their soundtracks, and base many of their songs on classical rāgas (melodic patterns), thus bringing together the best of old and new, east and west.
Star vocalist Shankar Mahadevan has won numerous Filmfare and Star Screen awards, and is thrilled to be coming to the UK following recent appearances on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and the foundation of the Shankar Mahadevan Academy.
The KPSARK Dancers
The KPSARK Dancers have taken the UK Asian dance scene by storm. They are renowned for their culturally enriching, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind performances which blend the best of east and west. Audiences can expect spectacular choreography, explosive energy and stunning costumes as seen at the Indian International Film Awards, Sadler’s Wells and Wembley Arena. Unfortuantely, due to his involvement with and most recently on Hrithik Roshan’s international Star TV dance competition Just Dance, Artistic Director Karan Pangali will not be able to take part in the performance.
Further information on the KSPARK dancers
A specially-commissioned audio-visual production of poetry, music, film and dance, Gitanjali celebrates the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in 2011. A groundbreaking writer, artist and thinker, Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Gitanjali, a collection of poems drawing on and inspired by nature and the seasons.
After its world premiere in May 2011, audiences described Gitanjali as ‘spectacular, thought provoking and with poetry that moved me to tears’ and ‘a beautiful experience which I will carry with me forever’. The show is a co-production between the Asian Music Circuit and BAITHAK UK, a London-based arts organisation working to promote South Asian arts in the UK. Under the leadership of artistic directors Sangeeta Datta and Soumik Datta, BAITHAK UK aims to bring the rich heritage of South Asian arts to young British Asians, working with performing arts, literature and film.