I went to the launch event for this exhibition in Mayfair, London recently and was most impressed with the passion exuded by the organisers and curators, Lata Desai and Rolf Killius, not to mention the young team of musicians of the London sitar ensemble who performed and will do more such performances. An impressive bunch indeed and I was taken to it by a very good photographer friend, Rashmi Gill, who also plays the sitar and compered the event. Here is a bit more about it all:
‘Indian Strings & Dances’ Exhibition
A collaborative exhibition and season of events from the London Sitar Ensemble, the Museum of Croydon and Sutton Subrang.
Friday 10 April – Saturday 1 August 2009
Indian music and dance is one of the finest traditions in the world. This exhibition traces the story of these art forms, tracking the evolutionary changes, transformations and contributions of musicians and dancers.
Showcasing objects and instruments from local community groups and from the Horniman Museum, this colourful and vibrant exhibition looks at the significant influence of musicians and dancers from South Asia, in Britain.
Come and discover a variety of musical instruments, relating to different forms of Indian dance in Croydon Now (part of the Museum of Croydon). You can also watch oral history interviews and video performances with key figures in the Indian music and dance movement in Britain. Space C displays a stunning variety of Indian dance costumes, depicting all the classical styles of Indian dance. There will also be two photo exhibitions showing the origins and uses of the instruments and objects in their native India.
Accompanying the exhibition is a programme of events including family workshops, lectures and performances, exploring and celebrating Indian music and dance in Britain.