Performed by Eugene Concert Choir
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
Guest Artist Sponsor
We end our 43rd season with a party of joyous celebration as charismatic Bollywood all-star Prashant Kakad has you dancing in the aisles of the Hult Center (literally!). Artistic director Diane Retallack and the 100-voice choir will take you on a choral journey through India while Prashant along with his dancers and instrumentalists will take you on an interactive adventure featuring Jai Ho! from Slumdog Millionaire.
Look & Listen
TEDxConcoriaUPortland – Prashant Kakad “Bollywood – The Timing is Right”
Ankush Vimawala – Dilruba, Tabla, and Dholak
Guest Artist Bios
A one-of-a-kind Bollywood entertainer, Prashant is a singer, choreographer, MC and DJ with one simple agenda, to make people dance all night long to an irresistible blend of the world’s greatest dance beats. Prashant’s effervescent personality and charisma instantly strikes a chord with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through his energetic performances, Prashant has moved masses across major cities in USA and internationally in Panama, Costa Rica & India.
The interactive singing and dance elements in his DJ set compels everybody to rock the dance floor, transforming any dance party into a full fledged Bollywood musical within minutes.
In January 2010, he founded Jai Ho!, a popular dance party in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco & San Diego after leaving a highly successful career at Intel. The innovative themes that set Jai Ho! apart are transforming the club culture of the west coast bringing celebratory elements of Indian culture (like Holi Colors, Dandiya Sticks etc) into the nightclub scene. Additionally, Prashant has been teaching dance for over 9 years now. His Portland based semi-professional dance troupe is comprised of 35 dancers from all walks of life, united by their love for all things Bollywood.
Prashant’s work has been featured on TV-Asia, King5-TV, KGW-TV and newspapers such as The Oregonian, The Asian Reporter and Helena Air.
In his 2011 TEDx talk, this Cornell graduate shared his story of transformation from Intel engineer to being celebrated as one of America’s top exuberant Bollywood entertainers. Prashant continues to inspire others to follow their dreams, one dance party at a time.
Vimawala started learning Tabla at the age of 11, and continued studying while growing up in India. He got his “Visharad” degree in Tabla with a triple gold medal, along with a degree in Computer Engineering. Vimawala came to OSU for graduate school in Computer Science in 2002. He now lives in Eugene and owns the local business – Float Om. He has recorded and performed with a variety of people including a few grammy nominee artists. He tours with a band and performs at various west coast music festivals regularly.
Date and Time
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
Bollywood for Kids
Fun, lively music and dance for the whole family with Bollywood all-star Prashant Kakad with a troup of dancers and instrumentalists that will literally have you dancing in the aisles of the Hult Center!