Tale of Tawaifs – Indian Semi Classical Music Workshop
Discover the art of music, intricate costumes, and stage design with Kalakar Arts. Our experienced, award-winning artists will host interactive, skill-building music and drama workshops leading to real-life performances.
Kalakar Arts has meticulously researched and promoted the cause of bringing the rich heritage, life, and music of ‘Tawaifs’ who were celebrated artists skilled in the art of classical and semi-classical music, dance and theatre.
With support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be performing a grand musical describing the lives of Tawaifs in prestigious venues in London. The workshops at Poplar Union provide a unique chance for participants to be part of these exciting performances while also acquiring skills such as appreciation of music, script writing, costume and stage set design, volunteering, acting and team building. Kalakar Arts will work with IndianRaga London.
Who are the workshops for?
We would like to invite children 16 years old and above and adults from all walks of life and skill levels.
- Friday 29 September 6.30 pm – 7.3 0pm
- Friday 10 November 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
- Friday 12 January 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
- Friday 9 February 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
The founder and CEO of Kalakar Arts UK, Chandra Chakraborty is one of the finest Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical vocalists, actor, director and script writer. Other than directing Kalakar’s extremely popular live musicals, Chandra performs worldwide as a solo artist and teaches at home. Chandra Chakraborty acted and performed as ” The goddess of the underworld” on Opera North’s critically acclaimed Opera “Orpheus” which has won the Opera of The Year award. Chandra has also collaborated with the London Chamber Orchestra. Her album Together in Love and Separation have been classed as the most salient album of the year 2022. Kalakar Arts UK works in partnership with Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and SAA UK.
Indrani Datta is a London born dance, voice, and word artist. She specialises in North Indian classical Kathak dance and the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Trained in India and U.K for many years by the leaders in these fields, today it is her passion to continue sharing these forms in her home city. Her love is for learning, writing, performing, and teaching all stem from Kathak and words and music of Rabindranath Tagore. Indrani is the founder of Indrani Datta Dance company.
Gairika is one of the best Odissi dancers in the UK. She has founded Nrityalap Dance company. Her students have been performing all over the UK and India. Gairika is also a passionate actor, choreographer, and organiser of dance concerts. A professional Lawyer, Gairika also performs all over UK and India on a regular basis.