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21. Sound of Soul at Purcell Room by Southbank Centre's website

Sound of Soul

Magic of hypnotic Indian Classical Music and haunting verses of oriental poetry

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

A concert of Indian classical music, poetry and Kathak dance.

Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music, presents a world-class concert that connects Indian classical music (instrumental and vocal), haunting verses of oriental and occidental poetry as well as Kathak dance.

One of the maestroes of North Indian classical vocal music, Chandra Chakraborty, performs alongside acclaimed tabla player, Sanju Sahai, violinist Kamalbir Nandra, renowned Kathak dancer, Sandip Mallik from India, performance-poet Siobhan Mac Mahon, actor and reciter Leesa Gazi as well as other prominent musicians and poets.

The concert is designed to seek the serenity of soul in the mundane crisis of modernity through intertwining sacred music and verses of hypnotic poetry.



22. Saudha's Bangla Music Festival by Mike Brroke. Reporter, East London Advertiser

The optimism  follows packed six-hour long performances at a stretch at the finale which was held at east London’s Rich Mix centre in Bethnal Green.

The festival, run by Saudha Society of Poetry and Indian Music, opened at Keates House in Hampstead before switching to the East End.

“I have received a big pile of feedback from a non-Bengali audience,” the society’s director Ahmed Kaysher said.

“The success I measure by the engagement of non-Bengali audiences—it has inspired us to do this festival on an even-larger scale in future.”

Artists were from pure classical and semi-classical backgrounds. Dr Imtiaz Ahmed spoke at the  session held at Brick Lane’s Kobi Nazrul Centre on the history of Bangla music and its influence in the West, which was followed by performances by singer Farzana Sifat and a charyapad recital by Jahangir Rana and Erik Schelander.

In the audience for the finale at Rich Mix was Melanie Smith, from Stepney Green, who described the whole six hours as “moments of bliss”.

She added: “Language wasn’t a barrier. I saw the profound artistry of a-thousand years’ heritage of this music.”

The festival also included songs performed by British-born Bangladeshi children such as Tanisha Chowdhury, Joy Nafees, Anonna Chowdhury, Anvita Gupta, Arpita Chowdhury, Purba Audhora and Urbi Modhura.