ASIA ROCKS! AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
AN EVENING CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE ASIAN MUSIC CIRCUIT
– UK premiere: Indian film music phenomenon SHANKAR-EHSAAN-LOY
– Sangeeta Datta’s audiovisual production of Tagore’s GITANJALI
– Bollywood dance from Star TV’s Just Dance: KARAN & THE KSPARK DANCERS
‘We’re going to rock London!’ – Indian film music superstars perform in the UK for the first time ever
This autumn, the sounds of India will fill the Royal Albert Hall, as Bollywood music royalty Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy appear together for the very first time in the UK to celebrate twenty years of the Asian Music Circuit.
The first half of ASIA ROCKS! will open with Karan and the KSPARK Dancers. Fresh from his appearance in Just Dance, Star TV’s current TV hit with Hrithik Roshan, Karan and his energetic Bollywood troupe will thrill the senses and warm up the audience for the headlining act Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who will perform a mixture of their newer material and all-time favourite songs.
After the interval, a specially-commissioned film, music and dance interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali will be presented. In 2011, Tagore’s 150th anniversary year, Life Goes On director Sangeeta Datta has devised a crisp, moving piece which will set the scene perfectly for headliners Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to return to the world-famous stage with their fantastic magic, bringing ASIA ROCKS! to a magnificent close.
‘We’ve put together a really diverse programme to celebrate our twentieth birthday in style’, said CEO of the Asian Music Circuit, Viram Jasani. ‘There’s something which everyone can enjoy – fans of South Asian culture, Bollywood film buffs, Indians living in the UK, and of course anybody looking for something a little different this autumn in London. Whichever part of India you come from or are interested in, there is an element in ASIA ROCKS! that everyone will enjoy – young and not-so-young!’.
Supported by Arts Council England and the Anjool Malde Memorial Trust. Media partner: B4U Music.
About the performers
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.
Karan and the KPSARK Dancers
Karan and 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, Wembley Arena, and most recently on Hrithik Roshan’s international Star TV dance competition, Just Dance.
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.