An evening of music, poetry and visual imagery based on the works of the Bangladeshi poet Nazrul (1899-1976). Nazrul, the national poet of Bangladesh, fought injustice and championed gender equality, human rights and inter-religious harmony.
After a successful musical collaboration two years ago, a Bangladesh-born theatre director and an English painter are collaborating again, on a production combining music and the visual arts. Mukul and Ghetto Tigers and Alice Sielle are working together on Manush - an evening of Kazi Nasrul Islam’s inspirational work.
Mukul Ahmed as the director and Alice Sielle as the designer are interested in mixing artistic disciplines and diverse cultures to bring Nazrul’s work to a wider audience. The performance will be set in Sielle’s visually stunning installation reflecting Nazrul’s universal message that despite our many differences we are essentially all the same. Sielle includes large fabric hangings, a vibrant and ever-changing ceiling of mobiles and a painting which unifies the whole installation.
Ahmed and Sielle last worked together in 2012 on Music Migrations, a series of world music concerts reflecting the changing waves of immigration to London’s East End. Ahmed has swapped one theatre for another, having been born in Bangladesh but trained as a medical doctor in Bulgaria. Sielle has been painting full time and exhibiting since 1973.
Ahmed says: “What separates Nazrul from most 20th century poets is his audacity and fearless bravado. He is very controversial in India because his themes draw on the contradictions and conflicts of humanity. But Nazrul’s language was universal and his lesson for us today is to reject hypocrisy, cruelty and the subordination and ill treatment of others.”
Performance Saturday 29 November 2014 Doors open at 5:00pm Performance begins at 5:30pm
Sunday 30th November 2014 Doors open at 2:00pm Performance begins at 3:00pm
Viewings Sunday 30 November 2014 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sunday 7 December 2014 2:00 - 5:00pm
Vocalist Reya Sharmin Reya Sharmin - video
Vocalist Sujoya Ray
Vocalist Tanusree Guha Tanusree Guha - video
Tabla Sandy Man
Recitation Rez Kabir
Installation Alice Sielle
Actor, storyteller who trained with Tara, Little Angel Theatre and Man Mela.
He acts, writes and produces in theatre, film and television. Productions include The Government Inspector (Tara), Hayavadana (Tara), Londonee (MGT), Debdas (MGT, Unsung (Red Mane) and Romeo & Juliet (MGT). His recent films have been Shongram the Movie and SuriNagar.
He is also Artistic Director of Tamarind Theatre Co based in Tower Hamlets supporting participation in arts for schools and community and mentoring. He has directed The Legend of the Black Lotus and Being Ernest.
Reya Sharmin says that music is the unifying spirit of humankind. Her style of unique presentation reflects the same celestial journey that she experiences herself. She started her singing career at an early age trained by her elder sister. And later on she stated her classical training under Dr. Ashit Ray. She received three national awards in Bangladesh.
Reya performed as a vocalist in Enig-mas, an intercultural theatre (Rich Mix, Brady Arts Centre). She enjoys performing in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. She has been performing in various popular venues across the UK and is also a regular artist on Television and Radio.
She has been offered a recording contract from Mo Money Production, which will be released soon in the UK music market.
Sujoya Ray has been surrounded by music from an early age. Her mother, Smt. Sumitra Ray (Mukhopadhyay), is a Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrulgeeti exponent in her own right. From the age of 6 she has learned Classical Music from Shri Shyamal Bhattacharya, and also Rabindra Sangeet at Rabitirtha, Kolkata.
She has frequently performed Tagore songs on All India Radio and also on Doordarshan, Kolkata. Sujoya has performed in various stage shows and recitals in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and other cities. Since moving to London, she has performed in a number of prestigious and highly acclaimed musical performances with NUPUR, The Tagoreans, The Tagore Centre, Moksha and Baithak UK.
A qualified and trained vocalist, Tanusree is an accomplished singer in the field of Indian Classical Music, Tagore compositions and various genres of Indian music. Her repertoire includes multilingual world theatre and performances at the ‘Music Migration festival’, ‘Rhythms of the World’, ‘Queen Elizabeth Hall’ and several others. Her solo album, ‘In One Salutation’, a collection of 12 Tagore songs, has been widely acclaimed in India and the UK.
Tanusree has been learning music from a very early age. She started learning Hindustani classical music followed by Bengali music. She has been fortunate to have been a student of the musical maestro Sunanda Patnaik for a few years in Kolkata, India. From a very young age, Tanusree started singing on the Radio as a child artist. She has won several accolades in music competitions in India. Her journey with music continued in the UK and Europe, where she has been performing in various live stage shows and is also a popular artist on Television and Radio.
Sandyman is a well-known musician and tv presenter in the Asian and International community. Sandyman has performed for Sir Paul McCartney, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and many more Bollywood and Bangladeshi Stars.