(Australia / India)
Musical prodigy Ben Walsh presents an exhilarating musical and cinematic celebration of a silent-era film goddess – the Australian-born Bollywood siren known as Fearless Nadia.
Her name said it all: Fearless Nadia (aka Perth-native Mary Evans) was one of the brightest lights of 1930s and 40s Bombay cinema. A former circus performer, she came to dominate India’s silver screens with her roguish charm, beauty and swashbuckling, death-defying stunts.
For the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema, composer and percussionist Ben Walsh (Tom Tom Crew, The Bird, Circle of Rhythm) fronts a 12-strong coalition of Australian and Indian musicians as they perform an energetic, percussive score set to an action-packed montage of scenes from Diamond Queen (1940), Fearless Nadia’s most famous film.
Thrill to the daredevil antics and propulsive, Indian-influenced tunes as Walsh’s orchestra, augmented by Indian master musicians on tabla, shenai, sarangi and dholak, pays tribute to the screen queen’s feats of daring.
Film features Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles
Composer Ben Walsh
Passages for solo tabla composed by Aneesh Pradhan
Musicians Grant Arthur, Sandy Evans, Shenton Gregory, Sangeet Mishra, Sudhir Nayak, Kim O’Sullivan, Eden Ottignon, Matt Ottignon, Daniel Pliner, Aneesh Pradahn, Sanjeev Shankar, Greg Sheehan, Bobby Singh, Ben Walsh
Dancer Shruti Ghosh
“An excellent tribute to her and the cinema of the time… Pretty darn awesome! An innovative idea, played out to perfection.” – Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan
What the media are saying
Music review: Fearless Nadia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Fearless Nadia Review (Stage Whispers)
A blue-eyed blonde in Bollywood (The Age)
Fearless Nadia Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Underground (Indian Herald)
Image Graham Crouch, taken at Oz Fest, India
Fearless Nadia was originally commissioned by Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival and Oz Fest, India. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Fearless Nadia is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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