Home Of The Grammys Hosts First Bollywood Concert

Sunday, 28 Apr 2013, 8:13:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

Actor Ali Zafar performed for three hours at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre to raise money for an eye care facility in India.
Photo by Parimal M. Rohit
Actor Ali Zafar performed for three hours at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre to raise money for an eye care facility in India.

Music

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.

Chauhan

is one of Bollywood music’s rising stars, performing hit singles for several

blockbuster films in India’s mainstream Hindi language cinema.

Known for

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.

Her

concert partner, Zafar, is a Pakistani actor, composer, painter, and singer.

He

constantly tops charts in Pakistan and has won several awards for Best Album,

Best Pop Artist, Best Male Artist, and Song of the Year.

The

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.

The non-profit

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.

Last

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.

Nokia

Theatre opened in 2007; its first concert featured The Eagles and The Dixie

Chicks.

It has also hosted ESPN’s “ESPY Awards” and the American Music Awards.

The 28th

Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at Nokia Theatre two

days prior to the Bollywood show.

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