Concerts - Sacred Sounds: Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War

Sacred Sounds: Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War explores some of the many narratives of this period – the timeless and transcendent beauty of the shabads themselves, the composition of which started with Guru Nanak (1469-1539) the first of the Sikh Gurus; the power and pathos of the letters exchanged between the Sikh soldiers and their families in the Punjab; the voices of the women of the Punjab through fragments of ballads and songs; the brusque recruitment songs that the British commissioned as well as new spoken word elements. 

A cinematic backdrop of images promise to make this a thought provoking and memorable experience.

The live cast features: Kirpal Singh Panesar (strings and vocals), Keertan Kaur Rehal (vocals and harmonium), Christella Litras (vocals), Ravneet Sehra (vocals and spoken word), Prabhjot Singh Gill (percussion), Joe Williams (spoken word) and Vijay Venkat (strings). 

The concert is further brought to life by award-winning writer, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker’s vivid poetry and images, enhanced by Jack Lockhart’s animation.

Concert duration including interval approx. 120 minutes.

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"Thank you so much for inviting us to 'Sacred Sounds'. It was an entrancing evening, both polished and moving. The contrast between what was to us exotic music and the very human stories being told made a powerful emotional impact. In particular, I was impressed by the poetry in the Programme, especially, perhaps, the short poem 'A Letter' with its sense of longing. I think all of you involved in the production can 'wear it like a Crown'!"

(Audience member)