Darbar Festival solo piece marks new direction for dancer Akram Khan

by LAUREN CODLING ACCLAIMED dancer-choreographer Akram Khan MBE will perform an excerpt from his final, full-length solo piece at a classical Indian arts festival this month. Khan, 43, will do a kathak piece from his upcoming dance production Xenos, premiering next year, on Thursday (9) as part of the Darbar Festival. The British-Bangladeshi dancer told […]


By Lauren Codling EIGHT exhibitions by south Asian artists were launched last weekend as organisers hope to encourage Asians to visit local galleries and museums in the north of England. The New North and South network is made up of 11 arts organisations from south Asia and the north of England. Their three-year project aims […]

New Science Museum exhibition celebrates Indian science over centuries

The Science Museum in London has launched a new exhibition celebrating the long tradition of scientific thought in India, from the ancient past to the present day. The exhibition ‘Illuminating India: 5000 years of science and innovation’, which opens its doors to the public on Wednesday (5), is among the highlights of the wider UK-India Year of […]

Play ‘Child of the Divide’ revived to mark 70th anniversary of Partition

by LAUREN CODLING A THEATRE director has revived a decade-old play, relating to Partition, to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this year. Child of the Divide, which premiered in 2006, is about children who are displaced in a new, fractured world after the British left the subcontinent and created two independent countries, Pakistan […]

1940s Bombay inspired show marks Dishoom theatre opening

A NEW ‘hot and heady’ jazz play is set to grace the soon-to-open Dishoom theatre in Kensington, London, in a 15-night extravaganza from November 27. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed Taj Mahal Foxtrot by Naresh Fernandes, Night at the Bombay Roxy will transport audiences to the art-deco scene of 1940s Bombay with the added treat of […]

Gay parenting play ‘Of Kith and Kin’ tests liberal views

BY LAUREN CODLING ACTRESS Chetna Pandya’s enthusiasm about her new play, Of Kith and Kin, is infectious. It tells the story of Daniel and Oliver who are looking forward to the latest addition to their brood – with a little help from their best friend and surrogate mother, Priya, played by  Pandya, aged 36. But […]

BBC radio broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of Partition

A PLAY will be broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds on Monday (14) at midnight to mark the 70th anniversary of Partition.  West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds will present the play, a tale of modern day couple Saima and Ranjit who battle with the subcontinent’s divide 70 years after it first occurred as their parents encounter conflict due to their opposing views.   Playwright Nick Ahad said the story affects British families whose roots lie in India, […]

Amina Khayyam challenges sexism through kathak at the Edinburgh Fringe

AMINA KHAYYAM’S latest dance show has a powerful purpose. Titled Slut, the kathak dance-theatre show being shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month aims to challenge the negative connotations associated with the word. Khayyam explains: “It is based around the idea of the word – what it means and how easily it is directed […]

Noted UK-based artist Balraj Khanna pens book on Partition

Celebrated UK-based painter-author Balraj Khanna was seven at the time of Partition and the traumatic event had such a deep impact on him that he said to himself then he would write a book about it one day. And nearly 70 summers later, Khanna has come out with Line of Blood, which poignantly captures the […]

Alchemy: Sayed Hasan artist behind My Grandad’s Car collaboration reveals inspiration behind exhibition

By Reena Kumar My Granddad’s Car is the result of a project between two artists, Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri who met while completing an MA at Goldsmiths, London. It explores notions of migration and heritage, as seen through their relationships with two cars inherited from their respective late grandfathers in Pakistan and Nigeria. Hasan […]

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