Aucklanders are soon going to witness a musical extravaganza. The first-ever Bollywood Concert in New Zealand with a live symphony orchestra, featuring 45 musicians, will take place in Auckland next month.

NZ's best artistes who play for Hollywood movies and albums will be playing for the concert that will be paying tribute to the terrific musical trio – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa).

“It is a dream come true to have been able to organise NZ’s first-ever Bollywood concert which will have a live symphony orchestra performing. The event will have amazing Western musicians playing Bollywood music alongside the best Indian musicians and singers,” says Ashish Ramakrishnan, director of the show, as well as one of the singers.

Other singers include Rachit Bhatia, Ritika Badakere and Ankita Ghatani. The event will feature musicians from St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra (an ensemble of musicians from NZ Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Manukau Symphony Orchestra), Indo-Kiwi band Sargam Fusion and Auckland's finest musicians. The audience will enjoy popular songs from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy movies such as Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Lakshya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Bunty Aur Babli, My Name is Khan and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, among others.

The tickets are selling like hot cakes for this event, brought to you by Aariaa Events and Bendith Media, and directed by Zee TV Saregama winner Ashish Ramakrishnan. So, do grab yours soonest. As Ramakrishnan puts it, “I request everyone to buy the tickets at the earliest from TicketBazaar if you want to enjoy a terrific musical night else, you will regret it.”

Even Aucklanders are looking forward to the show. Jhanvi Parashar says, “I love the music of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. It will be awesome to hear their songs with Live Symphony Orchestra. Can’t wait for the show.”

The show will take place on 27th August at 7 PM at the Victory Convention Centre (98 Beaumont Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland) and has Indian Weekender as its media partner. Tickets available at TicketBazaar or contact: Ashish Ramakrishnan on 02108385100, Basant Madhur on 0210357954, Dinesh Raniga on 02170988