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Press Release

Samantha Reichstein or Karen Watassek
713-632-8105 or


Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India
Make their Houston debut with
The Spirit of India
Presented by Society for the Performing Arts
HOUSTON—(9/17/2015) From Rajasthan to Mumbai, experience the lush and exotic sounds of
India as Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India make their Houston debut
performing The Spirit of India Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Wortham Center’s Cullen
Theater, presented by Society for the Performing Arts.
With 17 professional artists onstage, Houston audiences will experience the soul of a veritable
feast of Indian sounds, featuring a mix of Indian and Western instruments such as bass drums,
side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium and clarinet, many others. This musical
extravaganza combines traditional and contemporary music with mesmerizing rhythms and
colorful costumes for a show that characterizes the India of today. Centered on hypnotic sights
and sounds of the Indian homeland, audiences can experience one of the world’s most
fascinating cultures right from their seat!
Founded by Artistic Director and Indian legendary artist Rahis Bharti, the Bollywood Masala
Orchestra and Dancers of India preserve authenticity while successfully bringing richness and
excitement to every performance. Presenting a new direction in Indian live music and dance for
the first time, Bharti’s The Spirit of India combines original aspects of Indian culture mixed with
lavish entertainment such as acrobats, sword dancers and even fire eaters. Full of energy and
emotion, this colorful spectacle will captivate and carry you away in a whirlwind of
Tickets for Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India’s The Spirit of India range from
$28-$73 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 713-227-4SPA or at
the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9
a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113. Prices are subject to

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About Society for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit
presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than
1,000 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the
belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the
community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning
experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student
performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests
within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.