Sgt Pepper at 50
What drew George Harrison and The Beatles to Indian music and culture?
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles most iconic albums, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Milapfest have teamed up with Liverpool City Council to rekindle and showcase the amazing creative and spiritual connection between The Beatles and India with a festival of music and culture with a special all-day event on Sunday 11th June 2017. Taking inspiration from the track Within You, Without You, Milapfest are taking over Liverpool’s St George’s Hall with four special concerts. Featuring some of the very best Indian classical artists and reflecting the changing mood of the day, each concert will be accompanied by a specially designed traditional Indian cuisine. Alongside the concerts is a free, all-day Indian Festival Village with food, arts and crafts, providing a unique musical exploration of East meets West, as seen in The Beatles track.
Beatles Ragafest Concerts – 08:30, 13:00, 17:30 and 21:30 (please see below for details of each concert)
Festival Village – Open from 11:30 – 21:00 (free admission)
Join world-renowned Sarod artist Pandit Ranajit Sengupta and Tabla maestro Kousic Sen on Tabla as they set the tone for a wonderful day ahead with the meditative, spiritual and energizing moods created by Hindustani Ragas. The concert will be accompanied by a taster of a typical Indian Breakfast.
Ticket Price: £10 (incl. breakfast)
East meets West as an ensemble of Indian musicians led by violinist Jyotsna Srikanth perform alongside Swedish string quartet, Kristallkvartetten. This exploration of the six seasons of India will be accompanied by a traditional South Indian lunch.
Ticket Price: £16 (incl. lunch)
Grammy award winner, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, alongside his son, Salil Bhatt, will showcase the extraordinary slide guitar he created, the Mohan Veena. Joining them in their exploration of both contemporary and traditional music is renowned Tabla artist Ramkumar Misra. This concert is accompanied by a traditional North Indian dinner.
Ticket Price: £20 (incl. dinner)
This candlelit concert brings together Madras pianist Anil Srinivasa and Bansuri flautist Rekesh Chaurasia as they launch their new album, ‘Melody on the Mersey’. They will be accompanied by percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah and Tabla maestro Kousic Sen. Unwind and relax with masala chai, kumbakonam degree coffee and nibbles as they take you on a soulful musical journey.
Ticket Price: £16 (incl. drinks & food)
Running alongside these concerts is a free all-day Indian Festival Village (11-9pm), with traditional food, entertainment, arts and crafts.
The Festival Village will include:
- Talks/performances throughout the day
- Rangoli/Indian crafts workshops & demos
- Music Instrument Exhibition
- Yoga/Meditation Zone with Guided Sessions & Music
- Sari/turban tying workshops
- Hand painting (henna)
- Dance Workshops
Free to all
Sgt Pepper at 50