Bollywood Celebrates 100 Years With Concerts
As part of a series of celebrations marking the centenary of Bollywood cinema, India‘s largest music label Saregama will be touring the UK with a series of concerts.
Titled ‘Celebrating the Legends,’ the concerts will feature husband and wife duo Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod, popular and gifted playback singers on dozens of movies. The pair will showcase songs originally performed by legendary singers Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Noor Jehan.
Amarpal Singh Gaind, Saregama’s Head of Operations in Europe, stated that “Celebrating the Legends is our grandest project to date and we don’t mind being loud and proud about it. We will be honouring some of the sub-continent’s finest singers and their landmark songs. Roop and Sunali are classically trained musicians and yet commercially successful, therefore are the most appropriate choice to pay tribute to these great artists, made especially poignant in the lead up to the 100th anniversary. Roop’s silken voice is perfect to do justice to greats like Rafi and Talat, but with a new spin to it, while Sunali’s versatile vocals will evoke memories of Lata and Noor at their peak.”
Bollywood is a huge industry that has been swiftly gaining popularity in the West in recent years with the success of films such as the multiple award-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the high-concept action sci-fi Ra.One. As the music in Bollywood movies is an integral aspect of them – often solely determining a film’s success – playback singers are as important a part of the Indian film industry as its actors and directors, as these concerts aim to further acknowledge.
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