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Indika: Light on the Path

Featuring legendary dancing couple, The Dhananjayans, alongside Indian classical pianist Anil Srinivasan and Carnatic vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan, this live music and dance collaboration is a highlight of this year’s Indika Festival.

Maestros Padmabhushan V P and Shanta Dhananjayan are amongst the senior most exponents of bharatanatyam, as well as a respected Gurus and thought leaders. Anil and Sikkil created a revolution in the world of Indian classical sound when they brought the Western classical piano into the ancient poetry of Carnatic music, creating a new style of presentation that has now become the forerunner for many such collaborations since.

Friday 25th July 2014 | 19:30 | The Capstone Theatre

Friday, July 25, 2014
Anil Srinivasan, Sikkil Gurucharan, V P and Shanta Dhananjayan
A Homage To My Father: Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan and Sarod Legacy: The 7th Generation

A Homage To My Father: Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan

An opportunity to hear sarod master Amjad Ali Khan in the Wigmore Hall Classical Chamber music series.  Accompanied by Satyajit Talwalker on tabla.

Friday 25th July 2014 | 7pm | £12.50 (£10 concessions) | Wigmore Hall

Sarod Legacy: The 7th Generation 

A Wigmore Hall Late concert.  Amjad Ali Khan and his sons play sarod solos, duos and trios with tabla accompaniment.

Amjad Ali Khan – sarod | Amaan Ali Khan – sarod | Ayaan Ali Khan – sarod | Satyajit Talwalkar – tabla

Friday 25th July 2014 | 10pm | £12.50 (£10 concessions) | Wigmore Hall


Friday, July 25, 2014
Amaan Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, Satyajit Talwalkar
Dance India UK

Dance India is a week-long residential school with training offered in bharatanatyam, odissi & kathak by top performers and teachers from India.  

The UK school based in Liverpool, provides an intensive week of training where participants completely immerse themselves in the world of Indian dance. During their stay, students take part in a wide range of activities, learning experiences, training opportunities and performances.

Saturday 26 July  - Saturday 2 August 2014 | Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University | Information

Saturday, July 26, 2014
An Evening of North Indian Music

Hindustani vocalSubhra Guha

One of the leading female vocalists in India.  Accompanied on tabla by Ansubha Bandhopadhyay

Upcoming artist – Pooja Pala (senior disciple of Chandrima Misra).  Accompanied on tabla by Dhanraj Persaud (senior disciple of Rajkumar Misra)

Saturday 26th July 2014 | 6:30pm | £10, £7.50 | Bhavan Centre

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Ansubha Bandhopadhyay, Dhanraj Persaud, Pooja Pala, Subhra Guha
An Evening of Carnatic Vocal Music

An evening of carnatic vocal music with Sikkil Gurucharan

Accompanied on violin by Balu Raguraman and M Balachandar on Mridangam

Upcoming artists – Pairaviy and Shangary Rajendran (senior disciples of Sivasakti Sivanesan)

Sunday 27th July 2014 | 6 pm | £10 / £7.50 | Bhavan Centre

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sikkil Gurucharan
Indian Miniature Painting Workshop

Learn Indian Miniature Painting from the Master Artist Ramu Ramdev

Tools & Materials will be provided during the Workshop (Brushes, Natural Colours, Handmade Paper Sheets etc.)

Ramu Ramdev (India) will be in London for a short while and will be teaching ‘Techniques of Miniature Paintings’ in a special workshop during the Summer School 2014.

This workshop is for all levels of enthusiasts of varying abilities, and Ramu Ramdev will guide each student to improve their current ability.

Monday July 28thFriday August 1st 2014 | 12 noon - 5pm daily | £125 for 5 days or £30 per day (inclusive of materials) | Bhavan Centre

An Exhibition of the work of Ramu Ramdev will be on at the M P Birla Millennium Art Gallery from August 2nd -3rd 2014

To register your interest, please email Darshana Vora curator@bhavan.net quoting ‘Miniature Painting Summer School’ in the subject header.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Ramu Ramdev
My Route

My Route: Taxi tour along Stratford Road, Birmingham

An interactive theatrical and sensory experience exploring the history of this fascinating road.

My Route is Sampad’s community heritage project, exploring the changing history of the people, landscape and culture along Stratford Rd in Birmingham since the 1940s. The My Route Taxi Tour is an interactive theatrical and sensory experience that will take you on a journey along Stratford Rd to explore how the landscape has changed over the last 70 years. Relive the history of this fascinating road through the decades, experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and stories of another time & space. The tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the heritage of these local neighbourhoods, offering a memorable and fun learning experience that ends with snacks at a local eatery.

My Route is a Sampad project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Taxi Tour is produced by sampad and delivered in partnership with Excel Cars

Tour departs at 11am and 12.30pm on Wednesday 30th July and on Wednesdays and Saturdays in August 2014.

Find out more


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Some acts to look out for at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.

Dance & Physical Theatre

Booking Dance Festival – Split Bill | The Bang Group bangs rhythm full force with smiles in tow while Antara Bhardwaj elegantly counterbalances with kathak beats. 16 – 17 August | Venue 150

Ihayami Masala | Scotland’s Indian dance company Dance Ihayami invites you to a mesmerising mixture of Indian and Celtic rhythms. Dance Masala will be followed by a classical Indian dance workshop. All welcome to join in. Indian snacks included. 1 – 24 August | LifeCare Centre | www. danceihayami.org

India Flamenco | Three dancers and a traditional vocalist/musician make up this act. India Flamenco tells the story of gypsies who travel and share their knowledge and it is by means of this story that the fusion of dance styles comes about. 1 – 24 August | Alba Flamenca

Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks  | An insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances. Musical instruments from the tantric tradition are used: the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, and skull-drums; the powerful sound of the dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums. 18 – 23 August | Quaker Meeting House Theatre

The Bridge  | A new play blending text, sound and visual design, framed by a remarkable story, traced back through a family’s memories from present-day to a young writer and scholar in pre-independence Kerala, India. Defying convention and poverty to realise his dreams, the fortunes of the generations that followed are shaped. 1 – 25 August | Venue 127

Different is Dangerous | Two’s Company’s Different is Dangerous gives an insight into the lives of the Asian community in Leeds: from unprovoked attacks, hijabs and segregation to Coronation Street, boyfriends and Tupac. 19 – 23 August | Venue 260

Singarevva and the Palace | Set in a village in North Karnataka, Singarevva and the Palace is the tale of a beautiful woman whose life is repeatedly commodified and manipulated by her greedy father, an impotent husband and an obsessive lover. A lifetime of disappointments and frustrations makes Singarevva a bitter woman who finds her own way to exact revenge on her abusers. Performed by Taruna Jamalamadaka of Theatre Nisha. 12 – 17 August | Sweet Grassmarket

Unsung | Playwright and activist Ayndrilla Singharay’s modern re-imagining of Punishment, a short story about love, family and sacrifice by Rabindranath Tagore: a perspective on honour-based violence. 30 July – 25 August | Venue 145 | www.redmaneproductions.co.uk


Flowers from the Desert  | Textiles from Western India. A magnificent exhibition selling printed and embroidered textiles from Western India. From the seventeenth century, Indian textiles have greatly influenced British fashion and design. This exhibition presents the beauty of floral decoration in traditional and modern textiles. Wall hangings, throws, etc. 1 – 26 August | Galerie Mirages

India Street | Newly-commissioned textile designs from Scotland and India provide a critical response to The Bombay Sample Book in the National Museum of Scotland’s archive. 1 – 31 August | Gayfield


Carnatic Nomad | Jyotsna Srikanth presents Carnatic Nomad, a traditional South Indian offering with classical, folk and contemporary South Indian compositions along with specially-commissioned new work. The concert will be preceded by a short talk on how to appreciate Carnatic music. 11 – 16 August | theSpace on the Mile

Nordic Raga  | Nordic Raga was formed because Swedish folk musicians Pär Moberg (saxophone and flute) and Dan Svensson (percussion and vocals) wanted inspiration for how to work with improvisation in Scandinavian folk music, where this is traditionally rare. They invited the leading lady of Indian Carnatic violin, Jyotsna Srikanth, to work with them. 11 – 16 August | Acoustic Music Centre @St Bride’s

Edinburgh Fringe Festival | 1st – 24th August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014
An Evening of Kathak Dance

An evening of kathak dance with Saswati Sen

Upcoming artist – Deepika Kathrani (senior disciple of Abhay Shankar Mishra).

Saturday 2nd August 2014 | 6.30 pm | £10 / £7.50 | Bhavan Centre


Saturday, August 2, 2014
Saswati Sen
Treasures of Mughal India: Jade and Jewels

Free Gallery talk by Diana Driscoll

Saturday 2nd August 2014 | 13.15 | Gallery 34 | British Museum

Saturday, August 2, 2014