Radiohead guitarist to perform at Indian cultural gala

GALA: Rajasthan Express with Jonny Greewood and Shye Ben Tzur
GALA: Rajasthan Express with Jonny Greewood and Shye Ben Tzur

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.

CLASSICAL DANCE: Kathakali performers

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.