The Benares Baaj Story - A Journey of a Musical Tradition
TOURING AUDIO-VISUAL EXHIBITION
FROM THE 18th CENTURY COURTS OF INDIA TO 21st CENTURY MODERN BRITAIN, PRSSV LAUNCHES AN INTERACTIVE AUDIO-VISUAL EXHIBITION AND HERITAGE ARCHIVE; CELEBRATING THE IMPACT OF THE BENARES TABLA PLAYING TRADITION AND THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PANDIT SHARDA SAHAI.
EXHIBITION AND LAUNCH:
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Dominion Centre and Library,
112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex,
Exhib run: Sun 19 April - Thurs 30 April
Featured Benares inspired music and dance performance by Sangeet College students, Raga Blues and a Benares Baaj tabla duet recital with Deepak Sahai and Dheeraj Sahai-Mishra, representing the 6th and 7th generations of the Benares Gharana respectively.
Bentley Priory Museum, Mansion House Drive, Stanmore, HA7 3FB
Exhib runs: Sat 9 May - Sat 6 June.
Slough Museum & Library, 85 High Street, Slough, SL1 1EA
Exhib runs: Wed 10 June- Sat 27 June
Launch event: Sat 13th June, 2pm - 3.30pm
To Reserve a Place: Contact: 020 8574 1202, 07766 942 030
Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley St, London W1K 1HF
Exhib runs: Mon 6 Jul - Thurs 16 Jul
Launch event: Contact: 020 8574 1202, 07766 942 030
Exhibition highlights include:
- A specially commissioned larger than life model of a tabla offering an audio/visual experience.
- Excerpts of rare film footage of some of India’s great artists - restored and digitised.
- Interviews with award winning and internationally acclaimed artists including:
Kathak dancer, Pandit Birju Maharaj
Vocalists, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Misra
Multi-percussionist, Pete Lockett
The late head of the Benares Gharana, Pandit Sharda Sahai.
- A short dramatised film of the story of Pandit Ram Sahai, founder of the Benares Baaj in the 18th Century.
- Concerts at each of the tour venues.
- An opportunity to take your first tabla lesson.
Dr Frances Shepherd, Director of PRSSV says of the project,
“Over the last three years we at PRSSV supported by a team of volunteers have broken new ground by making publically accessible what is essentially an oral musical tradition. We hope that this will enhance the understanding of the development of Indian music in the UK and inspire traditional musicians and dancers to create new ways of sharing their art forms with the public.“
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, London, said:
“You are the guardians of a rich musical tradition, stemming from 18th century India but now based in Ealing. Until now no public archive has existed to help people to explore the heritage of the centuries old Benares Baaj tabla-playing tradition and its links with the UK. That has now changed, thanks to your creation of an archive, created with the help of local volunteers.”
For further press information and interviews please contact:
Tel: 020 8574 1202, 07766 942 030
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For details of the upcoming Sangeet College students' recital 'Students in Focus' click here:
Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya
(PRSSV) was started in the UK by Pandit Sharda Sahai and Dr Frances Shepherd in 1987. Along with its subsidiary trust Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation, its work is designed to meet the current needs for generating and understanding Indian Music.
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