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Ravi Shankar's Sukanya

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 15 January 2020 at 19:30
Shankar, Ravi (1920-2012)Sukanya (Concert performance)
David MurphyConductor
Suba DasDirector
Susanna HurrellSopranoSukanya
Alok KumarTenorChyavana
Michel de SouzaBaritone
Njabulo MadlalaBaritone
Gauri DiwakarChoreography
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.

Alok Kumar (Chyavana) and Susanna Hurrell (Sukanya) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2017)
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