Fearless Nadia Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Underground(Australia/India)

With special guests: Aneesh Pradhan (Tabla, Dholak), Sangeet Mishra (Sarangi), Sudhir Nayak (Harmonium), Sanjeev Shankar(Shenai) and Shruti Ghosh (dancer) Film features Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles.

Ben!Walsh!and!the!Orkestra!of!the!UndergroundFor one exhilarating night only, Melbourne Festival presents a musical celebration of a goddess of silent era film in India – the Australiann born Bollywood superstar known as Fearless Nadia.

“Fearless Nadia” was Mary Ann Evans who moved from Perth to Bombay with her parents at the age of 3. She travelled India as a professional dancer, acrobat and vaudeville star, until the Wadia filmmaker brothers cast her in Hunterwali+‘The+woman+of+the+whip’+in 1935,and an icon was born.

Nadia became one of the brightest lights of 1930s and 40s Bombay cinema, dominating the silver screens with her roguish charm, beauty and swashbuckling, deathNdefying stunts. She made over 50 films, only retiring at 60.

In this performance event, the actionNpacked montage of scenes from one of Nadia’s most renowned films, Diamond+ Queen (1940), has been transferred from its nitrate original to digital, and lovingly edited by Australian musician, Ben Walsh.

A 12Nstrong coalition of Australian and Indian musicians will perform an energetic, percussive, original score N featuring the sounds of the tabla (composed by Aneesh Pradhan), shenai, sarangi, dholak and harmonium combined with the trumpet, drums, violin, clarinet and more to make up a spectacular soundscape.

Dancer, Shruti Ghosh will also perform in this tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema and the screen queen’s feats. Shruti has been working as a dancer and choreographer with a Kolkata based group called Shampan, is trained in

Bharatnatyam (south Indian classical dance), Indian creative dance and Kalaripayuttu (south Indian martial art form).

Fearless Nadia was staged in Mumbai and Chennai in November 2012

Venue:  Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Dates:  Sun 13 October at 7pm

Tickets:  A Reserve $49 / $39, B Reserve $39 / $29, Students $25

Duration:  2 hoursincluding interval

Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 /melbournerecital.com.au                                                                                 Ticketmaster 136 100 /melbournefestival.com.au

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