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|JHAM!A showcase of bharatnatyam and carnatic music. The title JHAM! is one of the rhythmic syllables used in dance recitation, and also alludes to the idea of a musical jam - a feeling of improvisation and collaboration, the musicians and dancers working off one another to produce something new and exciting. This upbeat, playful and energetic work highlights the rhythmic play between the ancient and the modern. The performance is built on a firm classical ground; it brings together the rhythmic, vocally percussive South Indian solkattu or syllabic recitation which is often an accompaniment to dance as well as a vocal style in its own right, with the immediately familiar modern style of beatboxing, most often associated with hip-hop dance and music. ‘Rajarani’s take on classical Indian dance is invigorating.’ The Times ‘Her technique is beautiful, her speed and rhythm extraordinary and her feet fascinating to watch. A single toe movement can convey volumes.’ The Stage | 9 March – Key Theatre, Peterborough (in collaboration with Indo-UK) | 28 March – The Flavel, Dartmouth | 5 July – Harrow Arts Centre, Middlesex | Further dates to be announced for the summer and autumn of 2014 www.srishti.co.ukSunday, March 9, 2014||Nina Rajarani Company, Srishti|
Bansuri and tabla
Bhavan presents bansuri player Pravin Godkhindi, performing at the Bhavan for the first time. On Tabla will be Bhavan’s tabla teacher, Rajkumar Misra.
Sunday 9th March 2014 | 6 pm | £15, £10, £7.50 | Bhavan CentreSunday, March 9, 2014
|Pravin Godkhindi, Rajkumar Misra|
A Prayer for Rain
The Pan Asia Film Festival presents the UK Première of A Prayer for Rain, plus a Q&A and drinks reception.
Featuring both a high profile Indian cast including Fagun Thakrar and Tannishtha Chatterjee, as well as American stars Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, and Mischa Barton, Ravi Kumar’s debut is both a labour of love and a timely call for action, arriving on the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Union Carbide plant malfunction, the consequences of which are tragically ongoing. Dramatising the dependence of the local community on the chemical plant that will eventually cause catastrophe, and the series of oversights that led to an event that stands as a benchmark for corporate irresponsibility in the developing world, this is a vital and important film with which to close this year's festival.
India/UK, 2013, 103 mins
Sunday 9th March 2014| 6 pm | £8.00 to £10.00 | ICA Cinema 1Sunday, March 9, 2014
|NirbhayaA dramatic performance based upon a true incident. On the night of December 16 2012 a young woman and her male friend boarded a bus in urban Delhi heading for home. What followed changed the lives of these two people and countless others forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber creates a searing new work that cracks open the silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence. With an extraordinary cast and creative team from India, Farber brings us a blistering evocation of that terrible night and the ripples of change it set in motion. 'One of the most powerful and urgent pieces of human rights theatre ever made' (The Herald) 'Powerful and incredibly moving' (The Independent) 'Deeply moving' (New York Times) 'Yael Farber's intelligent, defiant and uncompromising production says simply, "this is happening and it can't be ignored".' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine) 'Proudly, they shatter the pervasive shame culture of silence that surrounds sexual violence against women.' (Evening Standard) Winner of: 2013 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Herald Angel | Purcell Room, Southbank Centre | Wednesday 5 March 2014 - Wednesday 12 March 2014 | £22.50 | www.southbankcentre.co.uk |Monday, March 10, 2014|
Bhaji on the Beach followed by Q & A
Tongues on Fire: Women in Films, 10th - 21st March 2014
To celebrate the International Women’s Day in March 2014 Tongues on Fire in collaboration with the Asian Circle have organised a number of screenings as part of London Asian Film Festival and discussions on the main issues women are facing and the challenges they have overcome.
Monday 10th March 2014 Screening of Bhaji on the Beach by Gurinder Chadha followed by a Q & A session with Gurinder Chadha and Meera Syal and some cast members who will discuss the issues raised in the film | SOAS-Brunei Gallery | 5.30pm| To attend please pre-book
Wednesday 19th March 2014: Paying homage to Rituparno Ghosh. Screening and an illustrated presentation on Ghosh’s filmography and the unique position he held as a cultural producer in Bengal over the last two decades. This will be followed by a discussion on his work by Dr Sangeeta Datta | SOAS- KLT | 5pm and screening at 7pm
Thurday 20th March 2014: Honour (2014), a story centered on a young woman who is targeted by her family for an "honour killing" and the bounty hunter who takes the job. Directed by Shan Khan | Harrow Arts Centre | Doors open 7.30pm and show starts: 8pm | Followed by Q & A session | Box office: 02084168989 | Harrow Arts Centre
Friday 21st March 2014 : Screening of Jadoo (2013), a comedy about two brothers who are also chefs. Directed by Amit Gupta and starring Kulvinder Ghir, Madhur Jaffrey, Tom Mison, Amara Karan and Paul Bazely| Doors open: 7.30pm and show starts: 8pm. Followed by Q & A session | Box office: 02084168989) | Harrow Arts CentreMonday, March 10, 2014
|Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal|
Kali Theatre and Pentabus Theatre
The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan
"In my world women marry only once." "Not here, brother, not here."
A new play about love, jealousy and a woman’s right to choose. It’s Aya’s wedding day. Her third. Her current two husbands aren’t too fussed. In a society in which there are few women, that’s just what happens. But as the household prepares for the wedding feast, a stranger arrives – one who threatens to challenge everything they believe in.
Tuesday 11th March – Sunday 23rd March 2014 | 7 pm. Saturday matinees 2.45 pm | Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 10th £10, Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd £15 (£12.50) | www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/the-husbands/
BSL Performance Wednesday 19th March 7 pm for people who are deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. £10
Running time: Approx 2 hours, 15 mins For ages 15+
"The most enjoyable and inventive theatre I’ve seen this year." (The Guardian on Kali)Tuesday, March 11, 2014
|Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-first Century DelhiCapital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi | Rana Dasgupta in conversation with Amelia Gentleman | Through a series of conversations and encounters with billionaires, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, drug dealers, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts, Capital tells the story of Delhi's journey from Walled City to World City | Rana Dasgupta won the 2010 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book for his debut novel, Solo. Capital is his first work of non-fiction. He will be in conversation with Amelia Gentleman, social affairs writer for The Guardian and former Delhi Correspondent for The International Herald Tribune | Wednesday 12th March 2014 | 18:45 to 20:00 | Asia House, LondonWednesday, March 12, 2014||Rana Dasgupta|
Musical Soiree – Drum, Kathak and Tabla
Jailal Academy and Bhavan present an evening of music and dance. Taufiq Qureshi – son of Alla Rakha Khan and brother of Zakir Hussain – takes to the stage. The next generation of dance will be represented by kathak dancer Saberi Misra. Rajkumar Misra will be playing tabla.
Saturday 15th March 2014 | 6 pm | £15, £10 | Bhavan CentreSaturday, March 15, 2014
|Rajkumar Misra, Saberi Misra, Taufiq Qureshi|
British Asian Writers Networking Morning
A free morning of discussion and networking aimed at emerging and established writers from the Asian community. An opportunity for writers to meet one another, share ideas and initiatives and hear from industry professionals. Guest writer is Nikesh Shukla, a writer of fiction and for television. His new novel, Meatspace, will be released by The Friday Project in July 2014. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. His short stories have been appeared widely, in magazines, newspapers and on radio. He has written for the Guardian, Esquire and BBC2. He has been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and the Royal Festival Hall. His comedy Kabadasses was broadcast on E4 and Channel 4 television. He also hosts several writer-based podcasts. Nikesh will give a talk about his writing life, and take questions.
Saturday 15th March 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm | Free | Wolverhampton Art Gallery | To book a place email email@example.com
Supported by sampad, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Authors’ Licensing and Collection Society.Saturday, March 15, 2014
Colours of India
Colours of India - An evening of dance and music from across India.
Sakhya: Cambridge Friends of India and Guria UK invite you to celebrate Holi
Highlights of the evening:
Introduction to Guria and highlights of Guria's fight against trafficking and exploitation in northern India.
Traditional dance and vocal renditions from across India.
Photo Exhibition: Photos courtesy of Laurent Goldstein.
Sakhya is a University of Cambridge society and a UK registered charity that aims to benefit disadvantaged social groups and individuals in India through the grant of funds raised in the UK. Funds raised from this event will go towards supporting sustainable education and rural development related projects in India in the year 2014. See: www.societies.cam.ac.uk/sakhya
Guria is a grassroots charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women and children in northern India. Guria's work is recognised by the Indian Government and the UN and the charity has received international awards from CNN, The Week Magazine and Frontline. Guria UK is a registered UK charity (No. 1150974) which raises awareness and funds for Guria’s outstanding work in India. See: www.guria-uk.org/
Saturday 15th March 2014 | 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm| £9 (free for under 3s) | Main hall, The Centre at St Pauls, Hills Road, CB2 1JP (parking available on nearby streets) | Limited seats | For tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org (NB: all proceeds from tickets will go to Sakhya)Saturday, March 15, 2014