Wednesday, September 09, 2009

FRANKLIN AVENUE CONTEST: LA Phil Presents "India Calling" at the Hollywood Bowl

India comes to the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 20, when the LA Phil presents "India Calling" -- featuring artists such as Malkit Singh; Kailash Kher’s Kailasa; Anoushka Shankar; Ravi Shankar Centre Ensemble, curated by Ravi Shankar; Rhythm of Rajasthan; and special guests Yogen’s Bollywood Step Dance Troupe.

KCRW's Tom Schnabel hosts the event, which also includes an Indian handicrafts and travel village, opening at 4pm. (The show itself starts at 7 p.m.)

Check out more info here. A summary:

At 7pm, the legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar will curate his students and disciples in the Ravi Shankar Centre Ensemble from Dehli, performing sublime classical Indian music and beginning the evening with a special blessing prayer. Rhythm of Rajasthan, direct from the state of Rajasthan will delight with their breathtaking percussion and colorful, traditional dance and costumes, and the first half of the evening will conclude with a unique fusion of Indian classical and electronica with Anoushka Shankar. The first half will be accompanied by special images from National Geographic photographers on the big side screens.

After the intermission, the infectious energy of India pop music starts with a special Bollywood dance interlude with Yogen’s Bollywood Step Dance Troupe, and then moves to the exhilarating pop of Kailash Kher’s Kailasa and concludes with the irresistible beats of one of India and the U.K.’s top bhangra stars, Malkit Singh with bhangra dancers Sher Foundation.

Wanna go? Email us at our franklin_avenue(at)yahoo(dot)com address, and tell us your pick for the best Indian food in the Los Angeles area. Winner gets a pair of tix to see the show -- so get to it!

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