MUMBAI (AFP) – Bollywood stars and Western artists including Jon Bon Jovi will join forces at next month's Live Earth India concert to raise money for solar energy projects, organisers announced Thursday.
Among the big name Indian screen stars at the December 7 event in the western city of Mumbai will be actors Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta.
Musicians include Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, rockers Bon Jovi, plus Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am, Indian rapper Hard Kaur and sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar and half-sister of Norah Jones.
Host broadcaster STAR and Live Earth said there will also be appearances and messages from the former US vice-president Al Gore, who co-founded the project with Kevin Wall, and Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The concert, announced in September, follows on from the series of gigs on seven continents over 24 hours on July 7 last year, which were seen by more than two billion people and were designed to raise awareness of global warming.
Live Earth India follows a similar theme, but is also geared towards supporting the emerging economic power to take a lead on tackling climate change as it takes a greater role on the world stage.
The concert is to be beamed to millions of viewers worldwide by STAR's network of channels. It will also be streamed live on the Internet at www.msnindia.com/liveearth and on radio.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to projects including the Light A Billion Lives campaign, which aims to provide solar-powered lanterns to the estimated 1.6 billion people around the world with no access to electricity.
Pachauri, the IPCC and Gore were joint recipients of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
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