Music and Dance

Digital Diwali

5th – 15th November 2020

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Music & Dance

In partnership with Milap, the UK’s leading Indian Arts & Culture company, we are truly excited to present internationally renowned performers from their ever-popular Music for the Mind & Soul series of Morning, Afternoon and Evening Raag, a national concert series designed to make the audience relax and forget about their worries and focus on their mental health and wellbeing.

Our Dance programme will feature live performances of Indian classical and contemporary dance from some of the UK’s leading artists, also focusing on dancers from across the Greater Manchester region.

Programme Highlights

Morning Raaga Concert with Debapriya Adhikary & Samanwaya Sarkar with Indranil Mallick | Nayaki Kanada & Bhairavi Tappa

Saturday 14th Nov, 10:00am to 10:44pm

As part of Milap’s iconic Indian classical music concert series ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’, we are proud to present music from the brilliant Debapriya Adhikary (Hindustani Vocals), Samanwaya Sarkar (Sitar) and Indranil Mallick (Tabla). From the ‘On Air Theater’ studios in Kolkata, they will be performing ‘Raag Deshi & Jogiya Thumri’ – a morning Raaga.

Debapriya & Samanwaya are two of the most sought after names in Indian Music, having proven themselves as both soloists and a consistent duo of that rare combination of Vocals and Sitar.
Indranil Mallick is one of the leading Tabla players of his generation.

Bollywood Brass Band

Saturday 14th November, 3.20pm to 3.50pm and 6.30pm to 7pm

The Bollywood Brass Band are the UK’s pioneer Indian wedding brass band, playing hits from Indian films, Bhangra and other South Asian styles.

The band started as a collaboration with the Shyam Brass Band from Jabalpur, India, one of India’s leading wedding brass bands. It has created a London masala of film melodies and Bhangra beats, with flavours from jazz and world music; a key ingredient is dhol drummers, playing Bhangra rhythms from the Punjab.

The last twenty years have seen Bollywood fever sweeping the world, and taken the band to festivals, venues and weddings across Europe, Australia, Canada, South Africa, India and other Asian countries.

Anita Ghosh

Saturday 14th November, 5.15pm to 5.20pm

Anita is classically trained in Bharatnatyam and has a passion for Bollywood.

She performs all around the North West and has won many competitions including North West Hindu Council Youth Dance and Rass Garba.

Rani Natalie Rout

Saturday 14th November, 5.30pm to 5.45pm

Rani Natalie Rout has been trained in ballet, tap, modern and classical Indian dance from the age of two.

Having started her dance journey with ballet, the first Indian classical dance style that she experienced was Bharatnatyam and then she took up Kathak alongside it.

After a few years, while attending a course under Padmashree Madhavi Mudgal, she decided to specialise in Odissi.

During her dance career, Natalie has received various scholarships such as the Milapfest travelling scholarship, as well awards such as the ‘Yuva Nritya Ratna’ (Young Dancer of the Year) at the National Indian Arts Awards. She has also been honoured to be named one of the global top ten Odissi talents at the International Odissi dance festival.

Raghav

Saturday 14th November 8pm to 8.45pm

Raghav, a Canadian singer-songwriter, member of the R&B band ’11/7′ (nominated for a Mobo Award for Best Unsigned Artist).

As a solo artist he has released three studio albums: the debut ‘Storyteller’ in 2004, ‘Identity’ in 2009 and ‘The Phoenix’ in 2012. His most known commercial success was with ‘Angel Eyes’ which peaked at number 7 in the UK in 2005. His singles ‘So Confused’, ‘Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘It Can’t Be Right’ also reached the UK top ten in 2004.

Raghav continues to have success on Canadian charts in 2010s with subsequent hits like ‘So Much’ with Kardinal Offishall, ‘Fire’, ‘Top of the World’, ‘Woohoo’ and ‘Until the Sun Comes Up’ (featuring Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan and US artist Nelly).

Jayanth in concert with L. Ramakrishnan & Sai Giridhar | Music for the Mind and Soul

Sunday 15th November, 6pm to 6.50pm

Milap and Digital Diwali present a concert from the brilliant Flute Jayanth, accompanied by L Ramakrishnan (on Violin) and Sai Giridhar (on Mridangam).

Performing from ‘Offbeat Music Ventures’ studio in Chennai, Jayanth is one of the most sought-after flautists in the Carnatic music arena.

A prodigy, he studied under the tutelage of his grandfather, Flute Maestro Late T. S. Sankaran, gave his first solo flute concert at an age of seven, and has received scores of awards and accolades since.

Workshops

Online participation for all the family.

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Music & Dance

Live classical and contemporary dance.

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Storytelling

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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