A unique evening presentation of this major new cultural work. This event will feature acclaimed novelist Amit Chaudhuri and conductor and composer David Murphy who worked and studied for many years with Pandit Ravi Shankar. They will show how along with Anoushka Shankar they are completing the writing of an opera, based on an episode from the Mahabharata and conceived by Ravi Shankar before his death in December 2012. We are also delighted to say we will be joined by Sukanya Shankar, Ravi Shankar’s wife and his inspiration in conceiving this work.
The evening will feature a talk, a film and musical excerpts to show how the opera is moving towards completion in 2014 with its initial performance at the Royal Opera House. The opera promises to be a fitting memorial to the great musician who had such an unprecedented impact on how Indian music and philosophy is understood in Europe and America.