Merton celebrates Indian classical music

Merton is set to welcome the return of the Saudha Society of Poetry and Indian Music who are hosting a two day Ghazal, Thumri and Kheyal Festival on the 5 and 12 March at Raynes Park Library and Morden Assembly Hall respectively. The festival also features two free workshops at Wimbledon Library on 28 February from 5 pm and on the 3 March from 3pm.

Building on last year’s event, Saudha will bring an exotic festival to Merton, performed by leading interpreters of Indian classical music including Chandra Chakraborty, Manorama Prasad, Sanju Sahai, and Rekesh Chauhan. Different genres of Pan-Indian classical music and semi-classical music will give the audience a performance to remember. The workshops will introduce a wide range of Indian classical music. In-depth discussions and demonstrations will be held for attendees to gain more of an insight to the background of Indian classical music.

Chandra Chakraborty

Classical vocalist Chandra Chakraborty playing the Shur Mandal

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “It’s great to see Saudha back performing again in Merton this year. We are lucky to live in a borough where different cultures from around the world have come together and this is a great opportunity for our community to come out and celebrate Indian arts and music.”

Director of Saudha, Ahmed Kaysher said: “The performances will reflect Saudha’s own approach and commitment to Indian classical music. Saudha never compromises with the subtlety of the art form we work on and the quality of the artists we work with.”

Information on tickets and performances is available from Pushpita Gupta on 07737828922.


Note to Editors

The event will continue to East London and will have the finale on 13 March at Rich Mix.