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    This Sunday, Backstage Events brings us a two-hour offering of Bollywood music from across 10 decades.

    What better way to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, than through its music. And with a little over 30 days before we bring in the new year, city-based Backstage Events sure picked the right time to bring us a musical covering Hindi cinema. 100 Years Of Bollywood was conceptualised and directed by Milind Oak of Pune-based Niche Entertainment earlier this year, and after several runs in cities across the country and abroad, Sujata Mundhra brings it to Chennai through her Back-stage Events. “Niche Entertainment is not new to Chennai. I have brought several of their performances to the city, the most popular being Black and White, which has been performed eight times at Music Academy,” Mundhra tells us.

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    So what do we expect from the performance at Savera this Sunday? “Two hours of songs from 10 decades, starting with Alam Ara (1931). The songs will be categorised under various decades, each with a special medley,” she shares. We also learn from her that the artistes, who will be singing to minus one tracks, will be dressed in exactly the same costume as the actors in the original. But don’t take our word for it — you can cross check with the video that will be played in the background. That said, how many songs can you squeeze into two hours, we wonder. “Since the performance is coupled with dinner, it will be just two hours and they will do more than 70 songs, but not full verses as that would accommodate just about 30 songs then,” Mundhra clarifies.

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    While her next move will be to take this show to Kolkata, Mundhra lets us in on what we can expect from Backstage Events next. “Chennai can look forward to a tribute to Rajesh Khanna by a Kolkata-based group called Dhwani, at Music Academy on February 9. We are also working on bringing singer Arijith Singh here sometime in the month of January,” she offers.

    On December 1, at Savera Hotel, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets, priced at Rs 2,000 (inclusive of dinner), are available on bookmyshow.com. Details: 9841288631

    —Ryan Peppin

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