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12-22 November 2020

Bridges – Podcast Audio Experience

  • Event
Thu 12 November, 10:00am 30 minutes

This is a self-led activity to be experienced at a time of your choosing.

Join Dr Radha Kapuria as she leads you into the fascinating world of the musicians and dancers of Punjab. This downloadable audio walk features Mandakini Swain, the talented classical vocalist of the Gwalior gharana (lineage), and acclaimed Indian actor and voice-over artist Sagar Arya. It will transport you to the mystical ‘Bridge of the Dancing Girl’ (Pul Kanjri) on the India-Pakistan border near Amritsar, even as you walk between Lady’s Bridge and Ball Street Bridge here in Sheffield, England. Navigate the walkways of Kelham Island as you immerse yourself in the storytelling, music and movement of early 19th and 20th century India. Discover the secrets of characters like the powerful courtesan wife of Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh, Lady Moran, who was known to dance like a peacock. Learn about the musicians who bridged the audiences of two rival nations despite hardened animosity, and reflect on the peace-building role of music in the violent Partition of 1947.

Curator: Dr Zelda Hannay

Sound Artist: Kitty Turner

This podcast audio experience will be accessible from this page during the festival 12th- 22nd November.

Image © The Trustees of the British Museum

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