Akon to perform in India starting 15 April, 2011

MUMBAI: Singer, songwriter and producer, Akon will be performing in India starting 15 April, 2011.
The singer will be putting up performances in Gurgaon on 16 April at Huda Grounds and Bengaluru on 17 April at Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds.
The Indian edition of Venky’s Akon Live In Concert is being brought to the country by Netsurf Entertainment and B.M. Group, IVNO Events and Productions in association with Thrive Entertainment and S. Raj Entertainment.
Akon said, “It’s your boy Akon and you heard it straight from me – New Delhi and Bengaluru get ready for my live show. The wait is finally over and now for the first time ever, I’m excited to bring my live show to India.  I can’t wait for my fans to join me where I’ll be performing all of your favourites and some new songs from my upcoming album, Stadium. It’s also my birthday so I have something very special planned for all my fans so you know it’s going to be one big party.”
Netsurf Entertainment MD Sujit Jain said, “India is a huge market for international artists and we aim to capitalize on this opportunity by identifying a confluence of musical styles, bringing together world class performers across genres on a single platform.”
Thrive Entertainment CEO Jon Talarico said, “That evening was a huge success and after that trip, I decided to work on putting together full size concerts for all of India to enjoy.  This April is just the beginning.”
Venky’s (India) managing director B. Balaji Rao said, “The coming together of these two brands, is the bringing together of two champions. Both are champions in their respective domains. Both are leaders and victorious, and are a perfect match. Venky’s has had a long involvement with entertainment events and we are extremely happy to be associated with Akon.”
S. Raj Entertainment chairman & CEO Shehan Raj said, “My company along with Aadesh Shrivastava have been working with Akon, for the last few years on multiple projects and also felt the time was now right for these shows.  I’m excited to introduce Hollywood to Bollywood.”