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22 Sep 2017

On 15 August 1947 as the clock struck midnight, the legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan played the first notes of a hopeful and moving raag, as one country became, at the stroke of a pen, two.

Inspired by that moment, this multimedia performance brings together classical Indian music, original images, film and interviews to tell the emotional journey of the 1947 Partition of India.

Featuring tar shehnai, together with cello and viola, this is a story of loss - but also survival, love and freedom.

Vijay Venkat | Viola
Liz Hanks | Cello
Kirpal Panesar | Tar Shehnai
Alex Delittle | Sound Artist
Steve Manthorp | Visual
Jasdeep Singh Degun | Musical Direction

Produced by Opera North Projects and South Asian Arts-UK.

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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