19 MAY 2017
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.
Myth, music and dance bring to life the final musical vision of Indian sitar star the late Ravi Shankar. Sukanya celebrates the spiritual commonalities between Indian and Western classical music traditions through a story taken from the Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata. After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods watch this unlikely union blossom, will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?
Directed by Associate Director of Curve Suba Das, with choreography by Aakash Odedra, and performed by an ensemble of Indian musicians and Western singers, dancers of the Aakash Odedra Company and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, this co-production with The Royal Opera is set to be a truly unique musical and theatrical experience. This semi-staged concert performance receives its world premiere at Curve, with subsequent performances at The Lowry in Salford, Birmingham Symphony Hall and London’s Royal Festival Hall.