Lok Virsa: Without Borders
In advance of her appearance at Alchemy this week, British kathak artist, Sonia Sabri, sets the scene for Lok Virsa:Without Borders, an event that celebrates the arts across the Indian subcontinent.
Lok Virsa comprises of a performance-lecture on Tuesday 17 April at 6-7pm in the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall. There will also be a range of free workshops on Saturday 21 April from 11am-5pm which include Arabic calligraphy, a poetry recital and Pakistani Folk dance and music.
Photo Credit: Abhijit Pal
Do you feel that it's important to use the arts to cross cultural barriers?
Yes! It’s important to celebrate ones own cultural heritage and just as important to be enthusiastic about discovering and learning about other cultures through a fluid dialogue. This enhances understanding and appreciation which inevitably has a profound effect on us, as human beings, to live and enjoy a stimulating and harmonious life. As artists, this effect translates into our craft whether it be other cultures influence our artistry expanding and developing our form or through other ways that sometimes can't be fully articulated.