Kolkata, 3 August 2017: The British Council today announced a unique collaboration with Sangit Kala Mandir for two cutting-edge art showcases in Kolkata, as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
The programmes comprise screening of the silent film ‘Shiraz’ along with live music by Anoushka Shankar and her orchestra on 3 November 2017, and a performance of the first-ever tour of Europe’s leading dance companies - Wayne McGregor Company - on 10 December 2017.
Sangit Kala Mandir (SKM), a platform to promote music, art, culture and other forms of performing expressions, was founded by renowned industrialist Mr Basant Kumar Birla in 1945. The name implies ‘Temple of Music and Art’.
Sangit Kala Mandir has presented several international performances in its journey of almost 72 years. In its long association with the British Council, it has presented many acclaimed shows in the past including Macbeth, Comedy of errors Whose Life Is It Anyway, Candida, Faith Healer, Julius Caesar, Let the Donkey Go and Jane Eyre amongst others, performed by renowned theatre groups from the UK.
The UK-India Year of Culture aims to celebrate the strong cultural and people links between both the countries through events, partnerships and collaborations. By experiencing the most innovative and exciting art showcases, stronger connections will be forged between the two countries. This also gives SKM and the British Council another occasion to celebrate cultural and social links between the UK and India.
The showcases of two art pieces – the screening of Shiraz and performance by Wayne McGregor Company amalgamates rich cultural traditions with cutting edge technology.
The silent film Shiraz tells the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. The film, which has rarely been seen in India since 1928, will tour across different cities in India, including Kolkata. The screenings will be accompanied by a live performance of a specially commissioned score by Indian composer and sitar player Anoushka Shankar and her orchestra.
Internationally renowned contemporary dance company Wayne McGregor will tour ‘FAR’, an acclaimed dance production which includes a stunning multimedia backdrop of 3,200 LED lights that dance to their own ‘choreography’, to cities across India.
Alan Gemmell, OBE Director India, British Council, said, “We are delighted to partner with Sangit Kala Mandir, one of India’s pioneers in promoting arts and culture. Both the showcases – Shiraz and Wayne McGregor Company performances will be held at the Kala Mandir. The partnership will give audiences in Kolkata the chance to experience innovative and exciting creative work and also link artists from both countries.”
For more information please contact:
Aditi Hindwan | National Head - Press and Media | British Council India
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