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Ravi Shankar's opera: Sukanya

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Myth, music and dance meet in Ravi Shankar’s extravagant show, Sukanya, a mythical love story taken from the Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata. 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 legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production with music by Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and combines traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra and singers.

This semi-staged concert performance is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das and unites dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Experience Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, a special event combining myth, music and dance, that brings Ravi Shankar’s opera to life for the very first time.

This performance is a co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, Leicester in association with Southbank Centre, with generous philanthropic support from Arts Council England and the Bagri Foundation.


Aakash Odedra Company
Susanna Hurrell soprano, Sukanya
Alok Kumar tenor, Chyavana
Keel Watson bass-baritone, King Shaariyati
Michel de Souza Aswini Twins
Njabulo Madlala Aswini Twins
Players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Singers
Suba Das director
Matt Haskins lighting designer
Amit Chaudhuri libretto
59 Productions production design


Shankar: Sukanya - opera

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Royal Festival Hall


£15 - £50
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £25, £35, £50


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Please note this performance contains some strong language. Recommended for ages 12+

Sing the music of the opera and get the most out of this concert experience by first taking an in-depth look at the music, plot and characters in our Voicelab into Opera: Sukanya Course starting on 1 May.

Follow the link below to find out more:

Ravi Shankar’s opera - Sukanya trailer