Nothing cements a bond more firmly than the universal language of the arts – culture is the skein which holds together the fabric of nations and therein lies the central message of the India@UK 2017 Independence Gala.
India is defined by her diversity which permeates through her culture, her ethnicity, language, art, dance, and music. The UK, possessor of possibly one of the world’s most talked about histories, is also a melting-pot of its many resident cultures, each having contributed its very own distinctive tune to UK’s artistic and cultural ethos.
Both India and the UK share a dynamic and culturally animated relationship. Thus, a key component of the India@UK 2017 year of culture will be a scintillating Festival Gala to herald a coming together of British and Indian performing art forms, highlighting their distinct movements, rhythms, and inherent similarities.
The gala will be a rich, eclectic and a symbolic coming together of India and UK through dance and music from diverse regions and repertoires of each country, which characterise their cultural legacy, showcased in seamless fusion. The programme will be a mesmerising line-up of artistes from both countries performing in perfect synergy to lead up to a swashbuckling finale.
The gala is headlined by soulful renditions from Junun, an album of Sufi qawwals in Urdu and Hebrew, performed by the composers themselves: acclaimed Israeli composer-musician Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood, and Indian band Rajasthan Express.
The evening encompasses a wide range of styles and genres, focusing on collaboration. Watch the heady rhythms of regional Indian dance forms and their dancers, from the Gotipua – an ancient and traditional tribute to Lord Krishna – to the timeless and intricate movements of the Bharatnatyam by leading exponents, London-based Kuchipudi dancer Arunima Kumar, British-Indian composer and virtuoso sarod player Soumik Datta, and many other acclaimed performers from both countries.
British opera soprano Patricia Rozario also regales with her renditions, as music conductor Sharat Chandra Srivastava orchestrates a foot-stomping finale.
Come along and absorb the artistic and cultural collaborations taking place, as genres and art forms meld to form a seamless performance that crosses borders.