Indian Adventures of Sitar and Dance

Sat 11 November, 07:00 PM, Sadler's Wells

Session 1


Mavin Khoo bharatnatyam dance solo

OS Arun vocalist   

International Bharata Natyam soloist Mavin Khoo presents a newly devised solo that delves into a journey merging  the exploration of Shringara (love) through emotive eroticism  with a spiritual offering of Self. Khoo has created a niche as one of few male soloist who reinterpret the female protagonist's voice within a contemporary sensibility. Focusing on the secular aspect of the repertoire, the evening is part of an ongoing collaboration with vocalist OS Arun, creating an original structure for the evening, challenging the relationship between music and dance.

Session 2


Shahana Banerjee sitar

Surpreet Deshpande tabla

Banerjee is emerging as one of India’s most brilliant and distinctive sitarists of her generation from the Rampur Senia Gharana (musical school). Deshpande accompanies on India’s most iconic percussion instrument, the tabla. Treat yourself; wash away the hustle and bustle of daily life through the unfolding of ragas, note by note, as the maestros’ music merges into a melodic tempo, culminating in a crescendo of deep improvisation. 

Session 3


Aditi Mangaldas kathak dance solo

Krishna, Achyuta, Manohar, Muralidhar, Vasudev, Anant!

Krishna, can you be all this and more? Who thought of you, Krishna? Who's imagination are you? Is imagination greater than you?

Chakradhari, Giridhari, Achal, Anirudha, Keshava, Gopinath!

You are immeasurable, Greater than any man, woman or even God!

Parabramha, Parathasarathi, Achal, Madan, Niranjan!

You are breath, always be at the edge of my being! You are the journey, lead me through the vagaries of time! You are passion and abandon, let me partake of all that you offer! You are death, embrace me! You are LIFE, engulf me!

Ticket Information


£45, £35, £28, £12 (See option to buy Festival pass)

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