The Music Room | When East Meets West

In the lead up to the World Premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya in May 2017, we’re thrilled to present an online ten-part mini-series, exploring the dialogue between Classical Indian and Western music! The Music Room will take the viewer on a journey through these traditions, examining how they connect on a deep level. David Murphy, the opera’s conductor and long-time collaborator with Ravi Shankar will present the series. Watch the first film here: Music Room 1


The first film introduces the concepts of Classical Indian and Western music and their on-going connection, for example did you know that the composer Beethoven was aware of some of the key notions of Indian music and philosophy? He was particularly fascinated by the concept of Nada Brahma – the power of sound and the ultimate interconnectedness of all creation, which is explained by Dr M.N. Nandakumara, the Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in our first Music Room.


The Bagri Foundation is delighted to support Ravi Shankar’s groundbreaking Sukanya, which he envisioned before his passing in December 2012 and outlined to his long-time collaborator David Murphy. Since, Murphy has worked with Shankar’s daughter Anoushka to bring the work to life. This innovative co-production between The Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Leicester’s Curve theatre, interprets a story from the legendary Sanskrit epic of the Mahabharata.


Sukanya will open at the Curve Theatre, Leicester on Friday 12 May 2017 followed by performances on Sunday 14 May 2017 at The Lowry, ManchesterMonday 15 May 2017, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Friday 19 May 2017, at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.


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