Indian Strings & Dances: season of events from the Museum of Croydon

Rachel Hayward | 19 March 2009
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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.

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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

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