Line-up an­nounced for Pur­vai fes­ti­val

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AN LAN­NTAIR has now re­leased the first tick­ets for its fes­ti­val of South Asian Art and Cul­ture.

Pur­vai 2017 is a sig­na­ture event for Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy 2017, sup­ported by Even­tS­cot­land as part of the themed cel­e­bra­tions and the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

This year’s Pur­vai fes­ti­val from Au­gust 10 to 19 prom­ises to de­light au­di­ences with an eclec­tic mix of con­certs, work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions, all cel­e­brat­ing the South Asian cul­ture and her­itage, which is such an im­por­tant part of Scot­land and the He­brides to­day.

The head­line con­cert, Ya­tra (mean­ing Jour­ney), on Fri­day Au­gust 18, will be a per­for­mance of a newly com­mis­sioned mu­si­cal score by Dal­bir Singh Rat­tan. Ya­tra will de­pict the jour­ney of Stornoway-man and col­lec­tor ex­traor­di­naire Colin Macken­zie (born 1754). The piece will ex­plore tra­di­tional Gaelic vo­cal tra­di­tions us­ing is­landers’ songs of travel and sea­far­ing, through to the tra­di­tional In­dian raga and folk mu­sic that Macken­zie would have ex­pe­ri­enced and en­coun­tered dur­ing his trav­els in In­dia.

A world-first ex­hi­bi­tion of Macken­zie’s Col­lec­tor Ex­traor­di­naire will be show­ing at Mu­seum nan Eilean from Au­gust 12. Macken­zie’s is the old­est and largest col­lec­tion of an­cient South Asian art and com­prises a re­mark­able range of ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful fig­ures in­tri­cately carved in stone, thou­sands of draw­ings and sketches from across In­dia and Java de­pict­ing an­cient mon­u­ments, peo­ple and cus­toms, maps, coins, and in­cred­i­bly old and pre­cious palm leaf manuscripts.

Items from the col­lec­tion will be on loan from the Bri­tish Mu­seum, the Bri­tish Li­brary and the V&A, and ex­hib­ited at Mu­seum nan Eilean at Lews Cas­tle. The ex­hi­bi­tion is sup- ported by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. Award-win­ning sitarist Roopa Pane­sar will be back at Pur­vai this year to launch the fes­ti­val fol­low­ing her stand­ing ova­tion at last year’s event. Roopa will per­form with tabla vir­tu­oso Dal­bir Singh Rat­tan, at An Lan­ntair on Thurs­day Au­gust 10 at 8pm.

Check out her per­for­mance from An Lan­ntair’s Pur­vai 2016 – www.youtube.com/ watch? v=bttszaG-fZU

On Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16, Kavi­raj Singh Dhadyalla will per­form a clas­si­cal In­dian mu­sic con­cert with the san­toor, ac­com­pa­nied on tabla by Dal­bir Singh Rat­tan. Com­bin­ing mu­si­cal­ity with com­plex rhythm, Kavi­raj Singh is emerg­ing as a unique and cel­e­brated tal­ent of the new gen­er­a­tion. The youngest artist to have per­formed at the pres­ti­gious Dar­bar Fes­ti­val of clas­si­cal In­dian mu­sic, he has shared his mu­sic widely at pop­u­lar venues across In­dia, Europe and the UK.

There will also be a packed pro­gramme of work­shops and talks from artists in­clud­ing Kathak dance, a writ­ers’ event with Ed­in­burgh Book Fes­ti­val, a spe­cial cu­ra­tor’s talk, vis­ual and per­form­ing arts and a spe­cially pre­pared chil­dren’s drumming and singing per­for­mance.

Fes­ti­val passes are now avail­able and early bird tick­ets. A pass for all the main stage events can be pur­chased for £ 30 or £25 for con­ces­sions/mem­bers, which will in­clude all three con­certs, Sona Datta talk on Ma­ha­balipu­ram, New Pas­sages writ­ers event, Aziz Ibrahim: Artist Talk, and fes­ti­val club night.

This month only, in­di­vid­ual tick­ets for the three con­certs will be avail­able for a spe­cial early bird price of £9 or £ 8 for mem­bers. From July tick­ets will be £12/£10. The com­mu­nity drumming and singing per­for­mance will be free to at­tend.

The full fes­ti­val line-up can be found at lan­ntair.com/pur­vai.

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