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Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

With the theme Changing Values across Asia, the Festival explores China 25 years after Tiananmen, Burma two years after their milestone election, changing sexual mores in South Asia and the Middle East and democracy in India in the run-up to the largest democratic election in the world.

Headlining the programme is Hanif Kureishi, who has been making waves with his newly released novel The Last Word. A new series, Extra Words, will introduce debut authors from Pakistan, Nepal and Thailand. There will be some fun with British Asian humour, Vietnamese food, Ninja Meerkats, and singing, dancing and storytelling for families.

Full programme

Some highlights:

Wednesday 30th April 2014 | 6.45 | Why Do Indians Vote? Democracy in India Mukulika BanerjeeWhy India Votes / Patrick French India-A Portrait  / Lord Meghnad Desai

Tuesday 6th May | Opening Night | 6.45 | Hanif Kureishi The Last Word

Thursday 8th May | 6.30 | Kamila ShamsieA God in Every Stone / Extra Words: A special visit by a debut author from Pakistan, Omar Shahid HamidThe Prisoner

Friday 9th May | 6.45 | Cracking Up: The Evolution of British Asian Humour : Sathnam Sanghera, Saurabh Kakkar, Shazia Mirza and Anil Gupta

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May | 7.30 | The Shroud (at Rich Mix).  With Siddhartha Bose and Avaes Mohammad. In partnership with Penned in the Margins

Tuesday 13th May | Changing Sexual Mores Across Asia : Shereen el FekiSex and the Citadel / Sally Howard The Kama Sutra Diaries  / Moderator Moni Mohsin

Wednesday 14th May | 6.30 | Midnight’s Descendants with John Keay / Extra Words: Nepalese author Prajwal ParajulyLand Where I Flee

Monday 19th May | 6.30 | Burma – A Work in Progress Peter Popham | Extra Words:  Debut author from Thailand, Tew Bunnag Curtain of Rain

Tuesday 20th May | 6.45 | New Pan Asian Fiction:  Romesh GunesekeraNoontide Toll / Xiaolu GuoI Am China / Roopa Farooki - The Good Children

Wednesday 21st May | Closing Night| 6.45 | India’s Contribution to the Great War - Lord Bikhu Parekh

Tuesday 6th May – Wednesday 21st May 2014 | Asia House

Monday, May 5, 2014
Murmur and Inked: World Première

Aakash Odedra Company

6th - 7th May 2014 - Birmingham, UK - WORLD PREMIERE

21st - 22nd June 2014 - Dartington Hall

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Aakash Odedra Company
Karachi and 1960s Cinema: Cultural Wounds and the Production of Sameness

Centre for the Study of Pakistan Annual Lecture 2014:

"Karachi and 1960s Cinema: Cultural Wounds and the Production of Sameness" by Dr. Kamran Ali

This paper concentrates on a particular film, Behen Bhai (tr. Sister and Brother, 1968), to show how Muslim nationalism becomes linked to modern urban life in this era of developmentalist politics. This movie can be understood as an attempt to address the question of national cohesion at a particular juncture of the nation’s history.

Tuesday 6 May 2014 | 6pm | SOAS: Khalili Lecture Theatre | www.soas.ac.uk/csp/events/annual-lecture/

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Book Launch: Hanif Kureishi's The Last Word

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival – Opening Night

Hanif KureishiThe Last Word 

In conversation with Razia Iqbal, BBC Special Correspondent and presenter of Talking Books.

Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England. Now in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.  

Hanif Kureishi’s novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and Something to Tell You. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette.

Tuesday 6th May 2014 | 6.45 pm | £12/ concessions £10 / Friends £8 / Asia House 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Hanif Kureishi
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

With the theme Changing Values across Asia, the Festival explores China 25 years after Tiananmen, Burma two years after their milestone election, changing sexual mores in South Asia and the Middle East and democracy in India in the run-up to the largest democratic election in the world.

Headlining the programme is Hanif Kureishi, who has been making waves with his newly released novel The Last Word. A new series, Extra Words, will introduce debut authors from Pakistan, Nepal and Thailand. There will be some fun with British Asian humour, Vietnamese food, Ninja Meerkats, and singing, dancing and storytelling for families.

Full programme

Some highlights:

Wednesday 30th April 2014 | 6.45 | Why Do Indians Vote? Democracy in India Mukulika BanerjeeWhy India Votes / Patrick French India-A Portrait  / Lord Meghnad Desai

Tuesday 6th May | Opening Night | 6.45 | Hanif Kureishi The Last Word

Thursday 8th May | 6.30 | Kamila ShamsieA God in Every Stone / Extra Words: A special visit by a debut author from Pakistan, Omar Shahid HamidThe Prisoner

Friday 9th May | 6.45 | Cracking Up: The Evolution of British Asian Humour : Sathnam Sanghera, Saurabh Kakkar, Shazia Mirza and Anil Gupta

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May | 7.30 | The Shroud (at Rich Mix).  With Siddhartha Bose and Avaes Mohammad. In partnership with Penned in the Margins

Tuesday 13th May | Changing Sexual Mores Across Asia : Shereen el FekiSex and the Citadel / Sally Howard The Kama Sutra Diaries  / Moderator Moni Mohsin

Wednesday 14th May | 6.30 | Midnight’s Descendants with John Keay / Extra Words: Nepalese author Prajwal ParajulyLand Where I Flee

Monday 19th May | 6.30 | Burma – A Work in Progress Peter Popham | Extra Words:  Debut author from Thailand, Tew Bunnag Curtain of Rain

Tuesday 20th May | 6.45 | New Pan Asian Fiction:  Romesh GunesekeraNoontide Toll / Xiaolu GuoI Am China / Roopa Farooki - The Good Children

Wednesday 21st May | Closing Night| 6.45 | India’s Contribution to the Great War - Lord Bikhu Parekh

Tuesday 6th May – Wednesday 21st May 2014 | Asia House

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Mapping: Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a new triple bill of three exciting and musically diverse world première dance works on its spring 2014 national tour.

This new company repertory programme, a trademark Phoenix Dance Theatre mixed bill, includes the world première from Darshan Singh Bhuller and a company revival for Didy Veldman’s sensational See Blue Through.

Document is the first UK work by Amsterdam-based choreographic duo Ivgi & Greben. Set to music by long term collaborator Tom Parkinson this brooding new piece sees five dancers grappling with the darkest aspects of human emotion. Didy Veldman’s See Blue Through plunges the stage into a mysterious undersea world. Featuring sensuous, elastic choreography and costumes, this audience favourite was first performed by the company in 2005.

Inspired by his father’s journey from East to West, Mapping is former Phoenix Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller’s first work for the company since 2006. One of the leading voices in British dance, this new work sees Bhuller looking down on the world from above, and is packed with his signature thrilling, dynamic and inventive choreography.

Wednesday 7th May 2014 | The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 01935 422884

Wednesday 21st May 2014 | Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528

Wednesday 28th May 2014 | Malvern Theatres 01684 892277

Friday 30th May 2014 | Operaluna – Theatre on the Hill, Marlborough 01249 701628

**Autumn 2014 tour dates will be released later in 2014 and will include a London season

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Phoenix Dance Theatre
States of Verbal Undress

States of Verbal Undress by Rani Moorthy

Directed by Ruth Carney-Nash | Cast: Rani Moorthy & Curtis Cole

Rasa’s provocative response to the political phrase of the moment “tidal wave of immigration”

Based on two years of interviews with immigrant communities, the show will unveil a variety of characters as diverse as a Vietnamese drag artist, a Burmese activist and a Tamil who grew up in Bavaria. Two actors play a multiplicity of richly drawn characters and in knowing them we can come to understand the complexity of migration.

www.rasatheatre.co.uk

THE OLD COURTHOUSE (ARTS CENTRE) THURSDAY 8TH MAY | Box Office: 01845 526536 Lancashire (with Spot On — Lancashire Rural Touring Network)

THE RAINHALL CENTRE FRIDAY 9TH MAY | Bookings: 01282 818250

THE CENTRE @ HALTON SATURDAY 10TH MAY | Bookings: 01524 811316 | West Yorkshire

SWANLAND VILLAGE HALL SUNDAY 11TH MAY | Bookings: 01482 634 863

LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE THURSDAY 22ND MAY | Box Office: 01484 430528

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Rani Moorthy, Rasa Theatre
Talk: A God in Every Stone

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Arifa Akbar 

The award-winning Pakistani author discusses her latest novel, a story of friendship, injustice, love and betrayal, played out on a global canvas.  

Kamila Shamsie is the author of five novels.  Burnt Shadows which shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named on of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

She will be speaking with Arifa Akbar, the Literary Editor of The Independent.

Extra Words: As a special supplement to this talk, former policeman turned writer, Omar Shahid Hamid, will preview his debut novel The Prisoner, a thriller set in the shadow world of Karachi.

Thursday 8th May 2014 | 6.30 pm | £10/ concessions £8 / Friends £6 | Asia House

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Kamila Shamsie
Debashish Bhattacharya

Global Adventures on a Slide Guitar

As a lap steel aficionado, as well as an innovative performer, Debashish Bhattacharya has been operating ‘beyond the ragasphere’ for decades: his unique take on Indian classical music has cemented his international career for over thirty years, modernising classical melodies and rhythms with multiple levels of percussion and lightning-fast group unison solos. Born in Kolkata (Calcutta), Debashish still operates out of Kolkata, recording and touring internationally.  He has released a string of highly acclaimed albums and earned a Grammy nomination for his 2009 album Calcutta Chronicles; on his new album Beyond the Ragasphere he collaborates with a line-up of international musicians. Also introducing his teenage daughter Anandi on faultlessly fluid vocals, it is bursting with Indian flavours: 'a perfect balance of poetry and virtuousity...creates an other-worldly space of filigree patterns, textures, and colours' (Evening Standard) 'the King of sub-continental slide' (Songlines)

Sunday 11th May 2014 8pm | £10 advance, £13 door

www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/debashish-bhattacharya/

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Debashish Bhattacharya
Sikh Fortress Turban: Final Weeks

The Dastaar Boonga

Unravel the stories of the Sikh turban and discover how and why turbans symbolise Sikh faith and identity, featuring the Sikh Fortress Turban on loan from the British Museum and part of the national museum's Spotlight Loan programme. T

his unique item known as a Dastaar Boonga or fortress turban was worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs which protected the head in battle, comprising original weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs secured on a replica indigo dyed turban. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to view a historic object from a world class national collection and to explore the intriguing story of Sikh warriors. The display will also include Sikh art and artefacts from the Bradford Museums and Galleries collection.

 Curator Paramdip Khera describes the significance of the Sikh fortress turban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-z57Rc7dAk

Until Thursday 22 May 2014 |  Cartwright Hall

Monday, May 12, 2014