The Classical Stage is supported by the British Heart Foundation and compered by Ashanti Omkar, and features performances celebrating Asian communities’ heritage.

Line Up:

1:35pm to 2.05pm

Mela’s Got Talent with Jyotsna’s Sacred Chants

Dance:

2.15pm to 2.30pm

Music:

2.30pm – 3.10pm

3.15pm – 3.20pm

   Nepali Dance and music:

with Ghatu, Kauda, Newari dance

followed by Nepali folk music

 

Tamang Selo Dance

3:40pm to 4:40pm

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan classical performance

5pm to 5:50pm

Kaviraj Singh

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan present ‘Samaagam’ in collaboration with The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Murphy

8:30pm to 9pm

Walk the Plank and Fink on Theatre present ‘Spellbound’ aka Rama and Sita

 

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Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan present ‘Samaagam’ in collaboration with The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by David Murphy

A new presentation of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s “Samaagam” produced especially for the London Mela and performed by composer’s two sons Amaan and Ayaan.

A young talent of the seventh generation in an unbroken chain of the Senia Bangash School, Amaan Ali Khan, is the eldest son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan and grandson of Haafiz Ali Khan. Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, he  began his public performances as early as eight.

Accompanying his father to various music festivals in India and abroad, he has today, carved out a niche for himself. His performances have evoked creditable applause. His precision in tunefulness and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. Amaan is one of the most loved artists of India today and has performed in most of the mainstream Music Festivals of India, in India and abroad.

Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod Titan Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early age, with confidence, clarity, consistency and technical mastery that he learnt at his father’s knee. Ayaan has been performing concerts in India and world –wide, since he gave his solo debut at the age of eight. He has given many other solo performances and also assisted his illustrious father at concerts all over the world.

Over the years today, Ayaan has carved out a special niche for himself in the world of music. His approach, vision and versatility make him an icon for the youth in the music industry. His contribution in making the Sarod a cross-over instrument in a variety of genres has projected him as an artist of high repute.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra perform with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and are conducted by David Murphy, who recently conducted the World Premiere of the Symphony by Ravi Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall.

Meaning confluence, or ‘coming together’ Samaagam is based on ragas for the different season of the year and explores the common roots of the music of India and the West.Arts Council England

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Walk the Plank present ‘Rama and Sita’

8.30pm

Rama & Sita at the Edingburgh MelaRama and Sita is a thrilling tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and daring told through shadow theatre – a modern take on shadow play using real life, local performers in place of puppetry. Inspired by the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, the story follows the destiny of soon-to-be King and Queen Rama and Sita, and the twist of fate that sees their future placed in peril…

Join us on this epic adventure through forests to a golden city, as we meet the powerful monkey god, encounter treacherous villains and battle for freedom and love. Expect captivating illuminated scenes, dance, music, special effects and much more.

The show was commissioned by Manchester Indian Association.

 

Nepali Dance

The London Mela presents Nepalese dance in partnership with the Embassy of Nepal.

Kaviraj Singh

Kaviraj Singh is a young and upcoming talent in Indian music, creating a niche for himself by revisiting the ancient sufi practice of singing while playing the Santoor.

Mela’s Got Talent

London Mela continues to spot new talent – this is opportunity to see who’s out there!

Ashanti Omkar comes back to compere the London Mela’s Classical stage after co-curating in 2010 and 2011 and working on the digital aspects in 2012. Passionate about new and experienced musicians, she studied Indian Classical vocal music from childhood, has worked with the likes of double Oscar/Grammy winner, AR Rahman and Dr L Subramaniam.

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