Swadesh at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

08 Mar 2014 | 19:30 until 21:00

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

A new international dance commission exploring the spirituality, culture and arts of India.

Arushi Mudgal  Odissi
Monisa Nayak  Kathak
Mythili Prakash  Bharatanatyam

Milapfest presents the London premiere of a brand new International Dance Commission exploring the idea of ‘India’ as a motherland. Through the art of dance and music, three artists express their thoughts and feelings about a country with incredible diversity, spirituality and emotion.

India is a land of contrasts, rich diversity and incredible cultural history, with countless personal perspectives of its people and visitors.  What is your idea of India?  What do you feel when you think ‘India’ and how can this be represented through your art?  In a fascinating evening of discovery through dance, three of India’s most brilliant young artists – Mythili Prakash (Bharatanatyam), Arushi Mudgal (Odissi) and Monisa Nayak (Kathak) share their answers with us through beautiful and thought-provoking original choreography.

Mythili, Arushi and Monisa are are all widely recognised as leaders in the next generation of brilliant artistic talent and are each known for their contemporary and dynamic approach to choreography and presentation. The unique combination of these three artists, performing together for the very first time, brings fresh and fascinating perspective on a country rich in tradition, culture and the arts.

Swadesh features a live orchestra of brilliant musicians from India and the UK, performing a soul-stirring score composed and arranged by Pandit Madhup Mudgal, one of India’s most respected and highly admired musicians.  The live orchestra is lead by Saavani Mudgal on vocals, and coupled with the choreography, the music uniquely represents the spirituality, traditions and cultures of India experienced through the sounds of the sitar, violin, tabla, pakawaj, mridangam and vocal.

Sawani Mudgal   Vocal
Kousic Sen    Tabla
R Prathap    Mridangam
Budhanath Swain   Pakawaj
Aditya Prakash   Vocal
Madhu Tanjorkar  Violin
Jasdeep Singh Degun   Sitar

Creative Team:
Madhup Mudgal   Music composition & arrangement
Akhila Ramnarayan  Script
Archana Shastri   Creative Producer

Swadesh is funded by Arts Council England and curated by Milapfest.

Read about the production and how its been taking shape on our blog.

Tickets:  Front Stalls: £15    Rear Stalls: £12    Balcony: £10    Under 16s: £5
Call 020 7381 3086/4608

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