”˜Jai Ho’ at the State Schools Spectacular in Melbourne


Jai Ho

For the first time in its nearly 20 year history the Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be showcasing the best of Indian music as a key part of the program this year. An audience of around 12 000 people is expected at the annual concert which involves over 3000 state school students  from over 300 schools at the Hisense Arena. It will be televised at a later date on Channel 7.

Sam Evans, Director of the Melbourne Tabla School, has been invited to compose an item of Indian music that will showcase both classical and popular Indian music. He has teamed up with Indian maestro Ravi Ravichandhira, Artistic Director of the Academy of Indian Music Australia to present an item that features students from both schools.

“We have a great bunch of Indian school children playing the tabla and mridangam alongside Indian dancers from Bharatha Choodamani School of Indian Classical Dance,”    says Evans. “They will perform an exciting Indian drumming piece followed by the hit song from Slum Dog Millionaire, Jai Ho, which features a 1200 piece choir. This performance will kick off the whole concert straight after the playing of the National Anthem so it is a big deal for everyone.”

The Spectacular will also feature an 80-piece orchestra, 1500-voice choir, 1400 dancers, and 30 circus performers.

“It is a great endorsement of the Tabla School in Melbourne and a recognition of the important role that Indian culture plays in Australia today. We are very proud to have been approached to take part in this concert,” says Evans, a veteran of Indian and World music in Melbourne.

Tickets for two shows (11am and 5pm) at Hisense Arena on July 27th are available through Ticketek 132 849 or  www.ticketek.com.au. Adults $28.50 Concession $23.50, Children under 15 years $15.  For more information about the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, please visit:    www.education.vic.gov.au/spectacular    For more information on the Melbourne Tabla School, go to:  www.MelbourneTablaSchool.com

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