The Music Room Episode 10 | Ravi Shankar’s Opera

In anticipation of the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya, the Bagri Foundation presents the final episode of The Music Room: When East Meets West, a short online film series, exploring dialogues between classical Indian and Western music with the opera’s conductor David Murphy.


In the tenth episode, we explore Ravi Shankar’s only opera, Sukanya with its world premiere tour taking place from 12 – 19 May! David Murphy, a long-time collaborator of Ravi Shankar, has worked with Shankar’s daughter Anoushka to bring the Indian music legend’s innovative magnum opus into fruition. In the film, David explains the concepts behind Ravi Shankar’s opera. Shankar wanted to bring to life in a modern context, the interdisciplinary practice of the Indian tradition, the interconnectedness of music, dance, drama and stagecraft. Sukanya, inspired by a story from the legendary Sanskrit epic of the Mahabharata, fuses together East and West styles, combing an ensemble of Indian musicians and Western singers; bringing together the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Singers and dancers from the Aakash Odedra Company.


Dr Nandakumar of the Bhavan Centre, London, explores Sukanya in a historical context and a special clip from the opera in progress gives a glimpse into Shankar’s vision.


This is a video by Box Clever Limited.