BBC hosts first Bollywood Proms show
The BBC hosted its first Bollywood show as part of the annual BBC Proms classical music festival.
London: The BBC hosted its first Bollywood show as part of the annual BBC Proms classical music festival.
The event at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in central London marked the 50th anniversary of Asian programming on BBC Asian Network and was aimed at attracting a new set of audiences to the event.
"Besides British Asian talent, the first 'Late Night with BBC Asian Network' features South Asian talent all the way from Mumbai," said Bobby Friction, BBC Asian Network DJ and host of the event this week.
The specially-curated series, dubbed as BBC Proms meets Bollywood, included singers Benny Dayal, the voice behind the hit 'Badtameez Dil' number from 'Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani', and Kanika Kapoor, famous from her song 'Baby Doll'.
They paid tribute to Bollywood veterans like Lata Mangeshkar and R D Burman with old Hindi movie numbers including 'Kabhi Kabhie' and 'Chingari Koi Badhke' from 'Amar Prem'.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra set the Bollywood tunes to a Western orchestra, arranged by Tim Pottier and conducted by Richard Davis.
This year also marks the return of the Proms, an eight-week season of Western classical music, to BBC World Service with a six-part series showcasing some of the concerts for audiences around the world, including India.
The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, or BBC Proms as they are commonly known in the UK, were launched in 1895 and are a highlight of London?s annual musical calendar.