representing one of the world’s most popular film industries was on full
display for the first time at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre, home of the Grammys.
Bollywood playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan and actor Ali Zafar performed for
three hours in front of about 2,000 people on April 20, putting on a show for
international charity, raising money for an eye care facility in India.
is one of Bollywood music’s rising stars, performing hit singles for several
blockbuster films in India’s mainstream Hindi language cinema.
putting on energetic performances and producing hits that make people dance,
the female pop star has won several major awards in India.
She has been hailed
in India as one of the country’s most versatile singers due to her ability to
sing in multiple languages.
concert partner, Zafar, is a Pakistani actor, composer, painter, and singer.
constantly tops charts in Pakistan and has won several awards for Best Album,
Best Pop Artist, Best Male Artist, and Song of the Year.
concert was held to support Sankara Eye Foundation, which pledged to use
proceeds from the musical performance to help build a new hospital in the
Indian state of Rajasthan.
According to the group, the Sankara Eye Foundation
had just provided its one-millionth free eye surgery in India.
organization’s main mission is to provide improved eye care for the rural blind
across India. They have already established nine hospitals in the country; a
tenth hospital is already in the works.
week’s concert was the second time Sankara Eye Foundation brought a Bollywood
concert to a major Southern California venue.
In October 2012, the non-profit
hosted a Sonu Nigam concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City.
Theatre opened in 2007; its first concert featured The Eagles and The Dixie
It has also hosted ESPN’s “ESPY Awards” and the American Music Awards.
Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at Nokia Theatre two
days prior to the Bollywood show.
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