AN ARRAY of performances will mark the culmination of the UK-India 2017 Year of Culture.
More than 150 artists are expected to take part in the Independence Gala to celebrate collaboration between British and Indian culture.
Audiences will be treated to music and dance performances, including Indian regional and classical dances, tap dance, hip hop, opera and the London Contemporary Voices choir.
Other highlights include British Indian classical composer Soumik Datta and a headline performance by Indian band Rajasthan Express, who will perform music from their critically acclaimed album, Junun, alongside Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
India’s high commissioner to the UK, YK Sinha, said the gala would be a “fitting celebration” of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.
“I hope the audience will get to see the vibrancy and depth of our cultural ties at this spectacular event, which will be a celebration of friendship and togetherness,” he said.
The UK-India Year of Culture was announced in 2015 by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and then British prime minister David Cameron and is a year-long celebration of the relationship between the two nations, held to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.
The Independence Gala takes place at London’s Southbank Centre on October 4. www.indiaatuk2017.com