Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Welcome to the Slumdog Proms; Bollywood Day as 100 Concerts Are Planned This Summer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Welcome to the Slumdog Proms; Bollywood Day as 100 Concerts Are Planned This Summer

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Byline: LOUISE JURY Chief Arts Correspondent

THE Proms are going to Bollywood.

This year's concerts will include one day dedicated entirely to Indian music culminating in a Bollywood song and dance extravaganza.

The first Bollywood Prom on 16 August was planned long before Slumdog Millionaire brought Mumbai mainstream.

Although previous concerts have featured the traditional Indian instrument the sitar, this will focus on the voice,with singers including popular Indian TV host Shaan.

The day will also include free performances of folk music from Rajasthan in Kensington Gardens..

It is one of the highlights unveiled today of the festival of music that opens at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 July and runs until 12 September.

There will be 100 concerts for the first time, up from 88 last year.

Other surprises are the first appearance of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and commissions from Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Goldie, the drum 'n' bass music star and former graffiti artist known for the gold caps on his teeth. Goldie, who proved a surprise star of the Maestro conducting challenge on television last year, has been coached by classical composer Anna Meredith to produce his short piece.

It will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood in Evolution! -- a Darwininspired Prom for children on 1 August.

Star performers include pianists Lang Lang and Martha Argerich, violinists

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Goldie's involvement follows a long tradition of the Proms embracing world music, jazz and musicals. …

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