Memories of the sunny weekend. Whitechapel allotments and #graffiti magnificence; photo zines suspended at Assoc of Photographs exhibition; and watching Shiraz accompanied by the amazing #anoushkashankar and her orchestra.
Following up on my previous post, I've got tracks from my old global music show on #spotify too! Just search for "thechosenkuan" and follow the #globalpassport playlist
When I was hosting this radio show, it wasn't just about sharing some of the awesome sounds coming out from all over the world, it was also a chance to break down those invisible barriers that could make us feel separate from one another. Bridging the gap and moving away from a place of duality and discrimination to oneness and acceptance through a shared love of music ✊🏼
With everything that's been happening in the world, I hope this #playlist serves as a little reminder that we're all in this together in this thing called life, no matter who we are, where we come from, what we believe or what language we speak. We all want the same thing: to feel #love and #happiness . And music gives us that
That's what's so great about it. We can all come from vastly different backgrounds and still appreciate the same song. So as you open your ears to the #music , I hope it continues to open your mind and pique your interest about the people, the culture and the country
Thank you to everyone who shared their music and knowledge with me during my time on the show. And thank you to those who believed and continue to believe in me. Enjoy.. and listen loud! 😘🙏🏼✨
p/s Can you guess all the different languages in this preview?
My idea of a cozy Sunday evening: music and books ( for bonus points, the same with manfriend & wine). Tonight’s iteration made me smile, because it is just so very me ( mix and match from different parts of the world) My favourite art is that which springs from the intersection of cultures. I was raised with and yet between two cultures, and had the privilege of never being forced to choose, and the freedom to explore further out on the culture and experience spectrum. It was always natural and, for me, necessary, to listen to the music and literature the world has to offer, read up on cultures, see their art, to the point that not doing so felt confining. An open mind is a blessing. But seeing the state of the world we live in, and this new rising of those who consider homogeneity as the ideal to strive for, it strikes me just how huge that blessing and privilege that I grew up with are. Homogeneity is so boring, and the call for it always comes at the expense of others and feeds unkindness. So how about this: we keep our hearts open and learn to embrace the diversity we are so blessed to be surrounded by! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ #yogaeverydamnday#kindness#diversity#culture#readtheworld#anoushkashankar#sitar#reading#bookworm#dailymeditation#yoga#yogi#sundayrealness#books#trevornoah#bornacrime#landofgold#books#lifestories#intersections#heartwideopen#uncontained#worldmusic#meditationpractice#yogatribe#embraceitall
Last night was the world premiere of “Shiraz” composed and performed by @anoushkashankarofficial. #ClassicalVision helped to contract Anoushka's fantastic team of instrumentalists for this production @barbicancentre. A truly mesmerising night...
We are just 2 days away from the Gala Premiere of 'Shiraz' of the London Film Festival and I'm so excited! Since yesterday we've finally been playing with the full ensemble and it feels beyond magical to hear all this music come to life.
Thanks so much to the fantastic Shiraz team. The hard work on the part of Anoushka Shankar, the instrumentalists, sound engineers and backstage team creates a vibrant and moving performance of this premiere at the Barbican last night.
There are some things that only @britishfilminstitute can do really well - lovingly restoring a classic silent 1920's film like #Shiraz and commissioning a major new score from a titan like #anoushkashankar is one. A fantastic show-an-tell intro from Archive Director Robin Baker, an incredible ensemble performance, a remarkable film, a gorgeous restoration, and expertly produced by Tim Stevens, Tom Walker and supported by the best events team in the world. Feeling all swoony #excellence#immersiveart#usp#bighitter#takethisontheroad#moneymaker#lovegiver
An unbelievable screening of Shiraz with live score performed by Anoushka Shankar this evening at the Barbican. These are the heart-breaking words of Mumtaz to Shiraz before she marries Shah Jahan, who later builds the Taj Mahal for her- with Shiraz's design. Hats off to the BFI for restoring the 1920s film to its former glory. @barbicancentre @britishfilminstitute @britisharts @inbritish
A beautiful love triangle that lead to the world's most celebrated ( instagrammed? ) monument to undying love - the Taj Mahal. Shiraz has been given a new lease of life by Anoushka Shankar + team's soulful rendition and some superb restoration wizardry by the BFI
When Curator In Chief Bryony Dixon took to the stage to introduce the film, he articulated the technical challenges faced by the restoration team...he outlined the circumstances back in 1928 that resulted in an international collaborative like SHIRAZ .... but most of all,
he left us bursting with curiosity with his declaration -
Ladies and Gents, brace yourselves for a beautiful love story...stunning locations, but most of all - for TWO full-on sensual snogs in this film, which was ( to put it mildly ) a bit RARE in Indian Cinema back in 1928..!
The FIRST thing that comes to mind after watching the film -
Hrithik and Katrina's "OMG did they really snog? Haiiii...wasn't it SO well done" in ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA can go hide in a corner now. Seriously.
Shahjehan and Mumtaz Mahal in SHIRAZ totally rock it - making it sensual, effortless and so beautiful ...twice....in close-up. Not part-hidden by mango trees while peacocks dance in the foreground.
BACK IN 1928!
It begs the additional question : when did India/Indians get so regressive, prudish AND crude about kissing on screen ( if Shiraz is anything to go by )
Blame it on the British Raj 🙈🙉
We can also take a chill-pill on "foreign collaborations in Bollywood" peeps. This film was directed by a German and produced by an intrepid Indian
Namaste lovely people!
**UPDATE** I've got ONE ticket for the Archive Gala at the 61st BFI London Film Festival tomorrow night, 14th October for the screening of Shiraz: a silent Indian/British/German co-production made in 1928.
What's more, there is going to be a live score of the soundtrack with Anoushka Shankar (sitar) and ensemble. Tickets are up for the price they were purchased (£17.50). Only downside is you'll have to put up with me sweaking in excitement sat next to you ;) the show is now sold out and these are probably the only tickets available!
DM me for more info! Please pass it on if you know any one who would love to see this once-in-a-lifetime showcase of classical indian cinema paired with live music, thanks 🙏🏽
Super late with this but BELATED HBD to my tempo buddy!!! So glad to have you to always keep up with my shiz on stage. Ofc can’t forget the “harp off”. You really need stop analyzing people more than me, NT but your job is to blue tick and break streaks 😂
This night was so special, almost a year ago now, can’t even believe we waited back through the exit to meet her.. hope you have an awesome year ahead 🙌😅