Slideshow: The Berklee Indian Ensemble Performs for Thousands in Bengaluru
For its first performance outside of the United States, the Berklee Indian Ensemble played to a crowd of more than 5,000 people in India at the 54th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava megafestival, which attracts nearly 1 million people over the course of 11 days. The 36-person ensemble, headed by Berklee India Exchange Artistic Director Annette Philip, took the stage on the second day, September 6, for a three-hour performance that paid tribute to film composer A. R. Rahman and featured guest artists Vijay Prakash and Raghu Dixit.
Two of Rahman's songs the ensemble covered were "Dil Se Re" and "Jiya Jale," both of which the group sang in YouTube videos that have reached millions of viewers. The Bengaluru concert also included three original ensemble songs.
During and after the concert, fans took to the internet to express their excitement about the show. Below are some of the excerpts from social media about the show. To see more, visit the ensemble's Facebook page and Twitter account.