Start date: 25 Mar 2016
End date: 25 Mar 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £10 full, £8 Conc
Venue: Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London
Venue address: 90 Redchurch St, London E2 7GR, UK
Box office: 020 7613 7498
A music, vocal and movement performance exploring the work of the great Bengali poet Laureate Kazi Nazrul Islam.
The renowned British based vocalist, Lucy Rahman collaborates with the acclaimed Kathak artist, Amina Khayyam to imagine a meeting with Kazi Nazrul Islam, the giant of Bengali literature and arts heralded as Bangladesh’s poet laureate, who from 1949 to his death in 1976 never spoke a word.
Her haunting vocals set the expectation for the emotionally laden kathak movement of Amina Khayyam to bring to life the topicality of Nazrul Islam’s songs and writings for the contemporary period. What would you say to him? What would you like him to say… now?
Nazrul (1899-1976), as he was popularly known, was a poet, writer, musician and revolutionary and is known to have written and composed music for around 4000 songs, (now called Nazrul Sangeet) and pioneered a new form of ghazals, exploring, love, freedom, equality, social justice, opposing fascism and religious bigotry.
Lucy Rahman and Amina Khayyam have worked together on several projects including Yerma (Edinburgh 2015 & touring) and A Thousand Faces, and together they have become known for their radical approach and innovation in interpreting some of the classical canon of Bengali poems and songs, particularly, ‘thumris’ (a romantic song).
Meeting Nazrul brings these extraordinary performers together to create a momentous piece of work that will bring to the fore the work of Nazrul and explore his relevance in today’s global society.
Accompanied by Debasish Mukherjee (table) & Asha McCarthy (cello)
Produced by zeroculture for Lucy Rahman and The Artta