Carnatic Vocalist and Veena player Sivasakthi SivanesanSitarist Sanjay Guha

The Music Room | The Instruments of Indian Classical Music

Fancy learning about the instruments of Indian Classical Music? Watch the seventh episode of our series – The Music Room: When East Meets West here: In anticipation of the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera ‘Sukanya’ our short online film series, explores dialogues between classical Indian and Western music with the opera’s conductor, David Murphy of Sinfonia Verdi. The seventh film is dedicated to instruments. Indian Classical Music features an enormous variety of instruments; its dynamism and capacity of renewal is notably visible through the adoption and appropriation of instruments from other traditions.


The film focuses on the history of four of the most important instruments in the Indian tradition: the veena, sitar, tabla and mridangam. Discover the sound of the percussion instruments and sneak a peek of how tabla and mridangam will feature in Ravi Shankar’s opera, opening 12 May 2017, with a special clip of the work in progress.


The Bagri Foundation is delighted to support Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, which the Indian music legend envisioned before his passing in December 2012 as a groundbreaking piece exploring the common ground between the music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West. This innovative co-production between the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve will take open at Curve Theatre, Leicester on Friday 12 May 2017 with its finale on Friday 19 May 2017 at Royal Festival HallSouthbank Centre, London. We are very proud to be part of this amazing adventure to raise awareness and understanding of the arts of India and enable an innovative dialogue between cultures, traditions and art forms.


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