Bollywood to traditional: show brings taste of India

Bollywood is one of the most easily recognized, colourful and exciting aspects of the culture of India.

Bollywood is one of the most easily recognized, colourful and exciting aspects of the culture of India.

You can enjoy a spectacular feast for the eyes, ears and soul at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Friday, Sept. 25 as The Spirit of India comes to Duncan.

Legendary musician Rahis Bharti is bringing his incredible ensemble of musicians and dancers — The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India — for one show beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Spirit of India is a lavish, colourful and unique presentation, bringing brass band, classical and traditional Indian music together for the first time.

It’s surely the music of India as it’s never been heard before.

Bharti, one of India’s greatest musical figures, is part of a musical dynasty that goes back seven generations.

He has travelled the world and heard various musical cultures and has developed an innovative, bold vision of live Indian music and dance to bring the sounds and spirituality of his homeland to worldwide audiences.

The extravaganza is Bharti’s dream, and the vibrant ensemble of musicians, singers, and dancers has performed to huge audiences since its inception in 2012.

Whether playing at outdoor music festivals or lavishly-decorated indoor stages, it seems audiences crowds around the world can’t get enough.

The 17-member orchestra is made up of musicians from Rajasthan and northern India and they take audiences on a journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai.

Songs vary from traditional Rajasthani songs to hits from popular Bollywood movies.

Instruments including bass drums, side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium and clarinet, contribute to this feast of sound and singers and lavishly costumed dancers, acrobats, fire-eaters, snake charmers, sword dancers make it a spicy feast for the eyes, too.

Don’t miss this spirited celebration of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures.

Tickets are $44 for adults and $38 for students.

Get them in person at the Ticket Centre, 2687 James St., at cowichanpac.ca or by phone at 250-748-7529.