'Bollywood In The D' Brings Indian Musical Extravaganza To Detroit

05/18/2012 10:48 am ET

The music of Bollywood is coming to Detroit.

Bollywood is the nickname given to the cinema industry in Mumbai, India, which is known worldwide for its colorful musical productions. On Saturday, the Michigan Philharmonic will team up with music professionals and singers from India to present a multimedia extravaganza celebrating this tradition at Detroit's Music Hall.

"The 'Bollywood in the D' concert brings with it a message of ethnic and musical fusion on the stage," said producer Narendra Sheth, in a release. "Cultural awareness is always a goal; the real impact will be the life enrichment."

The American-Indian producer and director has produced Indian concerts for more than 40 years and has used his radio show "Geetmala" to promote cultural dialogue across Southeast Michigan.

The production will feature Bollywood songs from films dating from the 1950s to the present, such as "Slumdog Millionaire" and the 1969 movie "Aradhana." Songs will include medleys of a variety of styles, including east/west fusion, classical and instrumental Bollywood music.

"Bollywood in the D" begins Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts in downtown Detroit. For more information visit www.bollywoodinthed.com.

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