Anoushka Shankar Celebrating Tagore
27, 28, 29 September & 4 October
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets
Please note: During this performance no alcohol will be permitted into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Swan Bar will be open as usual for pre-show, interval and post-show drinks.
Please note: this series is now closed.
Rabindranath Tagore was a legendary Bengali polymath, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He remains the only figure to have composed lyrics for the national anthems of two countries: India and Bangladesh. Some of the greatest talents in Indian music, handpicked by Anoushka Shankar from both Britain and India, are brought together in this unique series.
Baul and Beyond
Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Pirashanna Thevarajah (percussion)
Baul musicians: Kartik Das Baul (singer) & Gokul Chandra Das (dhak)
With a guest appearance by Anoushka Shankar
A special evening of traditional and folk music from Bengal, featuring Baul musicians from India in a rare appearance in London.
Heaven of Freedom – Premiere
Soumik Datta (sarod), Fiona Bevan (voice and bass), Souvid Datta (tabla and poetry), Rosabella Gregory (voice and piano) with a guest appearance by Anoushka Shankar (sitar)
Tagore’s writings on universalism power this unique ensemble led by Soumik Datta on the majestic and fretless Sarod. Uniting gospel harmonies with a dark, blues sensibility, this is a new collection of songs that burst with piano riffs, sarod chops and hypnotic choruses.
Last Poem – Premiere
Manu Delago (hang, percussion), Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai), Isa Kurz (piano/ vocals), with a guest appearance by Anoushka Shankar (sitar)
The hang and shehnai, two unusual instruments of haunting beauty, scale incredible heights in the hands of ManuDelago and Sanjeev Shankar. Based on Tagore’s Last Poem, this concert explores unexpected cultural meetings and reveals moments of great musical beauty.
Roots - An Evening of Indian Classical Ragas
Anoushka Shankar (sitar), Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam), Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai), Kenji Ota (tanpura)
Anoushka Shankar turns her gaze back towards her Bengali heritage to find the lines that connect her to the music of Rabindranath Tagore. In this performance she explores his use of Indian Classical music in ragas taught to her by her father, Ravi Shankar, who met Tagore as a young child.
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