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Desi tunes at the Queen’s gala

entertainment Updated: May 30, 2012 00:21 IST
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant


Bollywood tunes will be played at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London on June 3 that celebrates 60 years of service of The Queen of United Kingdom, Elizabeth II.

Touted as “the biggest street and river party in the nation’s history”, the gala will reportedly have 50 musicians from the Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band & Dhol Ensemble, who will play Bollywood anthems and traditional Indian melodies for the Queen.

The Band was established in 1972 by the devotees of London’s Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in honour of Gurudev Adya Charyapravar Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and now plays worldwide.

Hindus worldwide have lauded the inclusion of Indian melodies in the pageant. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said from Nevada, USA, that it was a “step in the right direction” in view of the increasingly diverse demographics of Britain.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra will also be playing pieces during the event including the theme music of the James Bond films.