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Sitarathon: A Celebration of the Sitar

Part of Alchemy

To mark the London premiere of Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya on Friday 19 May, join us for a full afternoon celebrating the legendary artist Ravi Shankar, and the mesmerising instrument, the sitar.

The event begins with a personal perspective – a special keynote talk as Ravi Shankar’s wife, Sukanya Shankar, appears in conversation with Oliver Craske, Ravi Shankar’s official biographer, reflecting on the musician’s legacy, life and work.

Our celebrations continue from 3.30pm with a mass public sitar workshop with Sukanya and sitar masters Punita Gupta and Parimal Sadaphal. This culminates in a massed performance, bringing together all ages and abilities for a collaborative session, showcasing what the sitar is capable of.

Sitar players of any age and experience are invited to take part. Please email to sign up.

Participants are asked to bring their own sitar. Anyone with a sense of music and adventure is welcome.

This event launches Southbank Centre's memory collection project inviting contributions from around the world as preparation for the celebration of Ravi Shankar's birth centenary in 2020.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2