Shankar's association with Southbank Centre goes back nearly 60 years. From his first performance in Royal Festival Hall in 1958, Shankar established a lifelong relationship with the venue, including several performances and significant premieres over the years.
Showcasing rarities from Shankar’s Royal Festival Hall concerts alongside other objects linked to sitar music, this collection pays tribute to a rich history of performances.
As part of this continuum, we are proud that Alchemy’s opening night features the London premiere of Shankar’s last composition, the opera Sukanya.
In the lead-up to Shankar’s 100-year anniversary celebration in 2020, we are also asking visitors to showcase their own memories and mementos linked to Ravi Shankar’s music.