Khyal: Music & Imagination

Multimedia Exhibition
Dr Martin Clayton & Laura Leante
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A multimedia exhibition brings together visual artists and musicians to explore diverse visual responses to Indian classical music. Khyal is the name of a vocal musical genre from India. The name means “imagination”. This imagination can be heard in the intricate beauty of the musical patterns the singers create. It can also be explored in the vivid imagery on which musicians draw: images of landscapes, people and Gods, stories and situations, abstract designs and splashes of colour. All of these things feed into the music we hear. Three visual artists immersed themselves in this music, collaborating with musicians who perform it and musicologists who research it. This exhibition presents the artistic result of this collaboration, and allows visitors to view the works while listening to the music that inspired them. Alongside the work of professional artists, are displayed artworks by school children and art lovers. These were produced in workshops led by the artists, musicians and musicologists. An interactive app allows you to investigate khyal performance in more depth.

Original works by Adinda van’t Klooster, Mahjabin Imam Majumdar, Theresa Poulton, the pupils of Kingsmeadow School and Kelvin Grove Primary School, Gateshead, and art lovers from Pune, India and other works by Sara Riaz Khan.

Featured singers: Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Ranjani Ramachandran, Sudokshina Chatterjee, Surashree Ulhas Joshi and Atul Khandekar.

The project Khyal: Music and Imagination is led by Martin Clayton and Laura Leante at Durham University, in collaboration with GemArts, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This exhibition with be supported by Gharanas of Hindustani Music as well as artistic works by Sara Riaz Khan

In association with SAMA Arts Network