London Sitar Ensemble © Sharad Raval
Indian Strings & Dances is a celebration of Indian music and dance in Britain. It’s a collaborative exhibition and season of free events from the London Sitar ensemble, the Museum of Croydon and Sutton Subrang and runs from April 10 2009 – August 1 2009.
Sutton Subrang Dance Ensemble © Sharad Raval
Of particular note to teachers are the museum talks and music and dance performances by high profile performers, including a Sarod recital by Somjit Dasgupta. He will play a Sarod recital on the Family Day on Saturday April 11.
Also featuring on the day is the Sutton Subrang Dance Ensemble with their vibrant folk dances from Gujarat.
A variety of Indian dances such as the Kerala, Odissi and Sattriya will be presented in the events during Indian Strings & Dances, as well as music and musical instruments. You can sample some Karnatic music – one of the world’s oldest and most complex music traditions – and listen to a range of instruments from the Surbahar (bass-sitar), Sarangi to the Tanpura.
The closing ceremony on Friday July 31 will be a cross-cultural collaboration between different genres of musicians showcasing the Indian music in multicultural Britain: Indian improvisations and West African rhythms will be blended with those of Western Classical music.
All events are free. Click on the link for the full Indian Strings & Dances Events Programme