Beyond Bollywood, described as a ‘monsoon of emotion that brings the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance direct to the heart of London’, receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium from 8 May to 27 June (the UK press night is 11 May).
In the quest of fulfilling her mother’s dying wish, Shaily Shergill leaves behind her home in Munich to journey India. Will her mother’s dream turn into reality?
Direct from sell-out performances in Mumbai, this new musical is written, choreographed and directed by Rajeev Goswami, with lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui, and featuring an original score by Salim-Sulaiman (the very best of Bollywood’s creative talent).
Beyond Bollywood celebrates the history and resonance of Indian arts. Featuring hundreds of sumptuous costumes and a company of 42, the show has a strong emphasis on Indian classical folk dance.
Showcasing the diverse dance styles that span the continent and still hold great value and importance in India, the traditional folk dances Bihu, Garba, Kathak, Lezim, Bhangra and Kalbelia all feature in the production, performed by award-winning classical Indian and Bollywood dancers.
Live musicians will perform traditional tracks using Indian instruments such as the dhol, pakhawaj, tabla and sitar, alongside recorded tracks.
Rajeev Goswami started his journey as a famed Bollywood choreographer working with the biggest names in the business and has also enjoyed a highly successful career as a pop artist in India. More recently, he has turned his talents to direction, channelling his 15 years experience in the Indian film and music industry into the founding of RG Studios alongside renowned Bollywood lyricist Irfan Siddiqui.
Irfan Siddiqui, one of Bollywood’s most famous lyricists, is noted for his work for feature films and commercials. His Bollywood feature film hits include Fashion, Kurbaan, Iqbal, Heroine and his international work includes High School Musical 1 & 2 (Hindi) and Camp Rock.
Salim and Sulaiman have been composing music for more than a decade, having scored for movies such as Heroine, Chak De! India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion. They have also worked on a Bollywood remix for Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’.
Beyond Bollywood runs for for 60 performances only.