'Sukanya' staging. Rukmini Vijayakumar, the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by David Murphy with the BBC Singers and Njabulo Madlala and Michel de Souza © ROH, Photo by Bill CooperRukmini Vijayakumar with dancers from the Aakash Odedra, Susanna Hurrell, Michel de Souza © ROH, Photo by Bill Cooper 'Sukanya' staging. Dancers from Aakash Odedra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Murphy © ROH, Photo by Bill CooperSusanna Hurrell as Sukanya and Alok Kumar as Chyavana © ROH, Photo by Bill Cooper

Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya Reviews | Press

The Bagri Foundation, alongside Arts Council England, was delighted to support the world premiere tour of Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya. This unique tour was co-produced by The Royal Opera, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve. The Indian Music legend’s only opera exquisitely fused Eastern and Western traditions and art forms, presenting an all-encompassing, immersive, sensory experience. Orchestral music, Indian percussion, Indian and Western and singing and Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance came together onstage to celebrate Ravi Shankar’s imaginative vision.


The Bagri Foundation is proud to have enabled this groundbreaking opera to be staged to illustrate how innovative and stimulating dialogues between cultures, traditions and art forms can be.


Below is a selection of post event media coverage the opera received.

Indian Express

Music and Silence: Hindustani classical meets its Western counterpart in Pandit Ravi Shankar’s swan song Sukanya

4 June 2017, Suanshu Khurana

David Murphy – “[Sukanya is] a beautiful posthumous gift not only to his wife but also to the world.”

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Asian Culture Vulture

Alchemy 2017: ‘Sukanya’ – A Ravi Shankar love letter of dizzying dimensions… (review)

1 June 2017, Suman Bhuchar

‘A love letter by Ravi Shankar to his wife, Sukanya and also a lesson in Indian music versus western music.’

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Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

17 May 2017, Robert Gainer

“The music was a delightful fusion of Eastern and Western traditions”.

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Birmingham Post

16 May 2017, Richard Bratby 

Review: Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya at Symphony Hall

“This is essentially a western score with a John Adams-ish rhythmic momentum, and the whole thing moves with considerable verve, with energetic dance sequences and some truly astonishing beatboxing from the chorus.“

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Seeing Dance

14 May 2017, David Mead

A feast for eyes and ears: Ravi Shankar’s dance-opera, Sukanya

“… it’s a massively colourful, entertaining, total integration of music, dance, drama and modern visuals. Above all, perhaps, an evening of driving energy that shows just how well different traditions can come together in the right hands.”

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What’s On Stage

13 May 2017, Mark Valencia

Review: Sukanya (The Curve, Leicester and tour)

“The late Ravi Shankar’s romantic entertainment, his parting gift to the world, makes for an irresistibly multicoloured evening.”

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The Telegraph

13 May 2017, 

Sukanya was a charming evening of pure escapism – review

“Shankar’s long sinuous melodies, tactfully orchestrated by conductor David Murphy, unfolded with unhurried grace, leavened with welcome moments of exuberant rhythmic excitement.”

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