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Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

A mythical love story told through music and dance

Shankar Sukanya
David Murphy conductor

Cast to include:
Susanna Hurrell Sukanya
Alok Kumar Chyavana
Jonathan Lemalu King Sharyaati
Michel de Souza Aswini Twin 1
Njabulo Madlala Aswini Twin 2
Natasha Agarwal Sukanya’s Friend
Suba Das director
Gauri Diwakar choreographer
Matt Haskins lighting designer
M Balachandar mridangam and konnakol
Rajkumar Misra
tabla 
Parimal Sadaphal
sitar
Ashwani Shankar
shehnai
Prrashanna Thevarajah
ghatam, morsing and konnakol
Synergy Vocals
 
London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s premiere performances of Sukanya in 2017 won universal critical acclaim, described by The Telegraph as ‘a charming evening of pure escapism’… Don’t miss this second chance to experience a semi-staged performance of the only opera written by the legendary Ravi Shankar, brought to life through myth, music and dance.
After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods watch this unlikely union blossom, will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?
Taken from the famous Sanskrit texts of the Mahābhārata, the story of Sukanya will be expertly choreographed to combine traditional Indian instruments, Western orchestra, singers and dance ensemble. A one-off chance to recapture the sheer magic of Ravi Shankar, live at Royal Festival Hall.

Part of Southbank Centre’s Shankar 100 celebrations.

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