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Digital Diwali

Sunday 28th March 2021

A free, online celebration of the Indian Festival of Colours – creating a cultural connection across Greater Manchester and beyond

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Online participation for all the family.

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Music & Dance

Live classical and contemporary dance.

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9 days of stories from the Ramayana for all ages.

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Fiery Headline Show

A live-streamed spectacle, celebrating light over darkness.

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We hope you enjoyed Digital Diwali 2020!

Digital Diwali 2020 <<< Rewind

Our first Digital Diwali attracted an audience of over 38,000 across 46 countries. We have been delighted by the response to our first digital event!
After listening to our audiences and partners, here we share some of our highlights for you to enjoy over the festive period. This includes music concerts, and classical / contemporary dance performances from our cultural programme, plus Bollywood, Bhangra dance workshops and, if you’re feeling arty you can also learn the art of quilling Rangoli. Listen to the complete series of Hanuman’s Tail, relive our fiery headline performance, created and produced by Walk the Plank, and dance the night away to Bollywood classics with the UK’s pioneering Bollywood Brass Band. All free to enjoy over and over again, as many times as you like! Just follow the links below and enjoy:

‘The Home Coming’ a 20 minute performance of dance and story telling, featuring the final part of seven days of stories by Supriya Nagarajan’s (Manasamitra) text & songs in English, and a variety of Indian languages. Created and produced by Walk the Plank this lived streamed performance concluded with Ravana, the ten headed demon King of Lanka, lighting up in spectacular fashion. Follow this link: The Home Coming.

The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style brass band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood. Follow this link: Bollywood Brass Band.

Rebecca Heaslewood performs Semi classical dance. Follow this link: Rebecca Heaslewood.

Kanchan Maradan trained in classical styles Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Follow this link: Kanchan Maradan

Anita Ghosh is classically trained in Bharatnatyam and has a passion for Bollywood. Follow this link: Anita Ghosh .

Quilling Rangoli Arts Workshop with Mrs Taruna Shah. Follow this link: Quilling Rangoli Workshop.

Prathap Ramachandra Drum and Konnakol Workshop. Follow this link: Drum and Konnakol Workshop

Hamit Walia is a Tabla player and percussionist from Manchester. Known for his fusion, Hamit teamed up with flutist Noman Raja and keyboardist Mukesh Kannan to perform a mixture of RAAGA’s blended with famous Bollywood Tracks. Follow this link: Hamit Walia, Noman Raja and Mukesh Kannan.

Olivia Moore (Violin) Giuliano Modarelli (Guitar), and Gurdain Rayatt (Tabla) Performing two original fusion compositions by Giuliano and Olivia in Rag Malkauns and Rag Desh. Follow this link: Olivia Moore, Giuliano Modarelli, and Gurdain Rayatt.

Milap’s iconic Indian classical music concert series ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ with exclusive studio recordings made especially for you! A concert designed to help you unwind, escape and lift up your spirits! Here we present music from the brilliant Flute J.A.Jayant accompanied by L Ramakrishnan (on Violin) and Sai Giridhar (on mridangam), performing from ‘Offbeat Music Ventures’ in Chennai. This concert was presented in partnership with our Creative Partners Milap.
Follow this link: Milap’s ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ .

Milap’s artist in residence, Sheetal Maru, takes you on a colourful dance journey across India. Whether you’re already a dance enthusiast, or have two left feet, this class is suitable for all ages and abilities. Expect a fun workout and an introduction to authentic Indian dance styles, providing a sense of community and improved wellbeing. Bring dandiyas and scarves if you have them – we can’t wait to dance with you!. Follow this link: Sheetal Maru dance workshop

We would love to hear from you, please contact us through our website or through our Facebook page.

Enjoy, stay safe and have a wonderful time, and see you in 2021!
Best Wishes from the Digital Diwali team.

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