Hindi take on American Idol to spice up a night of Bollywood ballads
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
Are mooncakes and lanterns not your thing? In that case, you can spend tonight listening to Bollywood ballads and idolising new Hindi stars.
At the Jockey Club Auditorium in Hung Hom's Polytechnic University, a combination concert and competition is taking place that you might call the Hindi version of American Idol. Three Hong Kong-based Indians - Sohini Paul, Kamal Rai and Nilanjan Chaudhuri - narrowed down from an elimination process that started last month, will compete to represent the city in the singing talent show Voice of India. The winner will go to Mumbai to compete on the TV channel Star Plus later this year.
The audience will also be treated to a concert by Bollywood 'melody king' Udit Narayan (above). Of course, you know him from his oldies, like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the monster hit Om Shanti Om.
Tickets for the 7.45pm show range from HK$2,000 VIP packages to HK$480 balcony seats. The booking hotlines are 69089089 and 81143295, or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.