Coronavirus Statement



Following the lifting of all COVID related restrictions on July 19th 2021, The Bhavan is beginning to open up again and we will be rebuilding our progamme of events starting from September 2021.

Visitors to The Bhavan should note our current COVID Measures.

We look forward to seeing you all again and thank you all for your continued support.

The Bhavan

UPCOMING EVENTS
DECEMBER

Bhavan's Christmas Celebrations

Christmas celebrations
Sat 11 Dec : 1PM
We are delighted to welcome you to our Christmas celebrations.
Join us for music, dance performances and Christmas message.

The event will be followed by snacks and refreshments.

Entry free, all are welcome.

FEBRUARY 2022

Bhavan's Founders' Day celebrations 


Sat 12 Feb, Sun 13 Feb : 3 PM
Join us for a celebration of Indian art and culture as a part of our annual Founder's Day.
Watch Music and dance performances by Bhavan students and celebrate their achievements with us.

The event will be followed by dinner.

MARCH 2022

Bhavan's Shivaratri Celebrations

Tue 1 March, 7 pm
The Bhavan welcomes you to our annual Shivaratri puja.
Join us as we celebrate the spirit of Lord Shiva with music and dance performances.
The event will be followed by prasad.
Sponsored by Mrs Pratibha Sharma and family.

ENTRY FREE, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Solo Bharatanatyam recital by Divya Ravi

Sat 19 March, 6 pm
Bharatanatyam danseuse Divya Ravi presents a solo Bharatanatyam recital.
The evening will begin with an invocation by Sharan Subramaniam followed by a full length Bharatanatyam recital in the traditional margin format.
The recital will be supported by live music with Sri. Mavin Khoo on Nattuvangam, Sri. Sharan Subramaniam on vocals, Sri. M Balachander on Mridangam, and Sri. Balu Raguraman on Violin.

PAST EVENTS

IIW presents - A bend in the road is not the end of the road

Charity event 
Sun 5 Dec : 5PM  

Inspiring Indian Women presents - A BEND IN THE ROAD IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD - a charity event.
The two hours event will consist of Talk by people working in this field or the special guests themselves , dances and songs related to the theme .
A small percentage of all the proceeds from the event will be donated to two organisations - Tweet India Foundation (Mumbai) and TEA24 Disability Foundation (Bihar).
Chief Guest - An official from High Commission of India, UK.
Guest of Honours - Mattur Nandakumara · Executive Director at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Purpose especially in the context of India -
An effort to create an awareness for equal rights and opportunities for the Differently abled , Special Needs !
Reaffirming and Reasserting the power of Self Confidence , high self esteem , changing mindset , attitudes, feeling happy , feeling beautiful and especially SPECIAL.
FUNDRAISER LINK - https://bit.ly/3xgxJus

Sangeet Prabhat

Live Music Concert
Sat 4 Dec : 6PM TO 9PM 

Prabhat Rao is a leading UK based Hindustani classical vocalist, an established teacher and promoter of classical arts. He presents his students in this recital with a varied repertoire inspired by India’s classical, folk and spiritual music traditions. Join us to experience the artistry of his talented disciples who undoubtedly are future torch bearers for this tradition here in the UK.
Vocalists:
Tiasha Pal, Dhyey Gala, Rudri Jani, Reva Kesarkar, Anwita Shanker, Preya Sumaria, Ashmita Acharya, Param Jani, Advay Bhargava, Diksha Murli, Jalpa Pandya, Tom Stacey, Vandana Joshi, Kamayani Ghatak, Payal Depala, Hiten Dodhia, Rajni Pandya, Taran Singh, Jyoti Joshi, Anjana Thaker, Madhvi Mulji, Pearl Chokshi, Sanvi Chokshi, Shobhna Unadkat, Smita Vyas, Bharti Patel, Harsha Thaker
Tabla: Himmet Singh Bahra

All vocalists are students of Prabhat Rao and are currently training with him.

SMT. SIVASAKTHI SIVANESAN MEMORIAL EVENT

Memorial event
Tue 30 Nov : 7.00PM  

The Bhavan welcomes you to a special event in the memory and honor of Smt. Sivasakthi Sivanesan, an artist and teacher par excellence and The Bhavan’s beloved former Karnatic Vocal and Vina Guru.The event will feature music and dance performances from The Bhavan's students and teachers and short speeches. The event will be followed by dinner. 


Entry free, registration compulsory

Atul Khatri in London

Stand - up comedy show
Sun 28 Nov : 6.00PM  

Can Indian CEOs be funny?
Yes. Meet Atul Khatri, a middle-aged ex-CEO -tuned-comedian who now makes a living making people laugh harder than they ever have. Please watch his comedy special on Netflix as part of “Comedians of the World” which featured the globe’s top 47 comedians.
Bringing his 50+-year-old perspective with every show, Atul starts with his experiences of getting Covid and how he survived the trauma of his fellow “Uncle” colleagues giving him unwarranted advice. He also feels that the pandemic has definitely made some things better including condolence meets. His fun set includes his relationship with his daughters and why he feels he is truly blessed to have daughters rather than sons. CNN-IBN rated him as one of the Top Comedians of India. Join in as he makes fun of super-relatable observations and situations from all walks of life, truly making it a show for everyone. His set is mainly in English with a few Hindi expletives.
*NO KIDS UNDER 16 YEARS ALLOWED*
*NO VIDEOGRAPHY OR PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED*
*All Student discount tickets will require valid student Id at the time of admission *
*There might be COVID related screenings and temperature checks as per the venue policies*

ABHYAAS - 2 Day Kuchipudi Foundation Workshop

Kuchipudi Workshop
Sat 27 Nov, Sun 28 Nov
Workshop - 10 AM - 12 PM
Informal Showcase - 12 PM - 12.30 PM
The Bhavan and Arunima Kumar Dance Company Present an Open Foundation Kuchipudi workshop by award winning dancer , guru and choreographer, Arunima Kumar. The workshop will focus on giving a comprehensive taste of Kuchipudi foundation course and participants covering basic Steps (Adagulus) , Jatis , introduction to Angikam piece and Mudras (gestures) .
The workshop will be accompanied by a live Mridangam artist, which is a great opportunity for students to dance with live music.
The workshop will be followed by an informal sharing and performances. All parents and friends are welcome to join us for the sharing.
For fee details and registrations for the workshop - £55 
 
Please contact Arunima on kuchipudi.akdc@gmail.com/07825178271
Informal sharing and performance- £5  (per day)

* Open to all ages.  Limited spaces, advanced registration only. 

Shraddhanjali - A Tribute to Pt. Sharda Sahai Ji (22/09/1935 - 20/11/2011)

Musical Tribute Concert
Sat 20 Nov : 6.30PM TO 9.30PM 

Please join for a memorable musical evening in memory of the Great Legend.
We are delighted and honoured to have Sabir Khan Ji grace this auspicious occasion with his beautiful music!
The lineup includes:
Sanju Sahai Ji, Sabir Khan Ji, Jaymini Sanju Sahai, Debipriya Sircar, Raaheel Bain, Kirpal Singh Panesar, Guy Schalom, Giuliano Modarelli, Pirashanna Thevarajah, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Jesse Bannister, Anil Sandhu, Rajvir Singh, Sarabjeet Singh Dogra, Harkiran Sahota, Upneet Singh Dhadyalla and Dhruv Jogia

ABOUT SANJU SAHAI
Sanju Sahai, a phenomenal and outstanding Tabla player, is well known for mesmerising and captivating his audience with his power, virtuosity and complete spontaneity. He is currently one of the finest and
most sought after Tabla players of his generation. Belonging to the Benares Gharana (lineage) and being the 6th generation of Tabla players in the lineage, he began playing at an early age. Being a child
prodigy, and the son of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai Ji, he gave his first Tabla solo performance at a major festival in Benares at the tender age of 9.

YAKSHAGANA
by
Keremane Sridhar Hegde

Traditional 'Dance - Theatre' from Karnataka, India
Sun 14 Nov : 11.30 AM TO 1.15 PM 
FREE ENTRY, REGISTRATION REQUIRED | DONATIONS WELCOME

The Bhavan is delighted to invite you to a Yakshagana recital by 6th generation artist Keremane Sridhar Hegde. Yakshagana is one of the most popular traditional dance - theatre forms from South India featuring elaborate costumes, music, and intensive expressions.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Being raised in a cultural environment replete with the influences of art, music, and literature, Shridhara was initiated into Yakshagana in early childhood by his grandfather Late Keremane Shambhu Hegde and is a 6th generation traditional performing artist of Keremanelineage. Since then, he has been learning under his Father Keremane Shivananda Hegde and performing all over India with his artists' troupe - the Mela. He did his Bachelor's in Physics and has worked in several distinguished scientific research institutes of the country. He
learnt Kathak under the guidance of Guru Dr. Maya Rao and did Diploma in Choreography from NIKC which gave him new perspectives for direction and choreography of his own art form. He has been involved in conducting numerable socio-cultural activities in the art centre at the native coastal village (like national Performing art festival, programs for
school children, Gurukula, dance music research, etc) alongside Yakshagana performances all over the country. He received a Scholarship for Young Artists by Ministry of Culture, Govt.
of India and is one among the selected 15 upcoming cultural entrepreneurs from all over South Asia under “Art Think South Asia Fellowship (ATSA)” in 2019.
His other interests include Indology, Performance Studies, and Cultural anthropology, Cognitive Science, Language, Logic and Literature.

RAMAYANA - A puppet show
* Diwali Special *

An online puppet show event
Sun 7 Nov : 1.30 PM (GMT)
The Bhavan presents a Diwali Special Online event - a puppet show that will showcase the story of Ramayana and its significance with the festival Diwali. The event is presented by StoryHour, UK.
Neelima Penumarthy, who is the Director of StoryHour, UK, and also the producer of the show,
 says -
'Our motto is to "Connect Cultures" through stories. We produced an award-winning audiobook and a puppet show titled "The Ramayana - An Ancient Indian Epic", which conveys the story behind the festival, Diwali.'

The show will begin with an introduction by The Bhavan's executive Director Dr. Mattur Nandakumara who will outline importance of Ramayana to Diwali.

The event will end with a Q&A session with Neelima and Dr. Nandakumara.

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Dr. SASTRY MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES

ONLINE LECTURES ON INDIAN MATHEMATICS by Dr K. RAMASUBRAMANIAN
ONLINE LECTURE SERIES - FACEBOOK LIVE
Sat 23 Oct : 3PM TO 4.15PM (BST)
SAT 30 Oct : 3PM TO 4.15PM (BST)
Dr K. Ramasubramanian is the Institute Chair Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. He holds a doctorate in theoretical physics, and is the world’s pre-eminent expert on India’s mathematical and astronomical heritage. His books and articles have brought to light the non-trivial mathematics produced by the Kerala school of mathematics in texts such as Ganita-Yukti-Bhasha, Karana-paddhati and Tantra-sangraha. 
He is a recipient of the prestigious presidential award Maharshi Badarayan Vyas Samman (2008), and more recently, has been invited to give a distinguished lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians (2022) which, for mathematicians, is said to be equivalent to “induction to a hall of fame.” 
The Shankaracharya of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham has also recognised his scholarship in Advaita Vedanta with 
the title “Vidvat Pravara.”
Sat 23 Oct : 3PM TO 4.15PM (BST)

Indian Mathematical Heritage:
 A Broad Overview

FOLLOWED BY AUDIENCE Q&A
Sat 30 Oct : 3PM TO 4.15PM (BST)

Indian Mathematics: What remains to be uncovered?

FOLLOWED BY AUDIENCE Q&A

Dr K. RAMASUBRAMANIAN

WAYFINDING

Art Exhibition
22 - 28 October 2021
Private View: Friday 22 October 6-9pm

Wayfinding is a group exhibition of works by Sacha Bowling, Jo Heckett and Ricky Plante. 
The three artists grant a snapshot into their respective creative journeys which are defined as much by past experiences as by dreams and visions for the future. Initially following paths prescribed by necessity, societal and commercial constraints, whether raising families or following family traditions, their current practice is at once mature and emergent.
Building on successful careers as film makers, graphic designers and crafts people, each decided to realign their direction to answer a long held passion for art. Wayfinding is as much a personal project as a creative commentary on the prevailing prejudices in wider society and in the art world in particular.

ARTISTS 
Sacha Bowling is a film maker and photographer living and working between London and Los Angeles. Whether expressed through moving image or still photography, his work becomes an integral part of the stories it tells.
Jo Heckett is a visual artist working across media who explores concepts that aim to describe the indescribable, such as mythological archetypes, Paganism, and themes of science and magic, through the lens of reclaiming the feminine.
Ricky Plante takes his inspiration from graphic novels and vintage movies. His fine art practice explores movement, weight and mark making by combining graffiti elements with mixed media and painting into gestural abstractions.

Banyan Tree Exhibition: South Asian Dance in the UK 2000-2020. 

Exhibition
OPENING - 14 Oct 2021, 6 PM
Thu, Oct 14 - Tue, Oct 19th, 12 pm - 8 pm
We warmly invite you to the launch of the Banyan Tree Exhibition: South Asian Dance in the UK 2000-2020. 
The exhibition celebrates the dance artists who have contributed their unique vision to dance, through the lens of Simon Richardson, the chief photographer of Pulse magazine (2002-2017).
The last two decades have witnessed the diffusion of South Asian forms across multiple spaces, and in new ways. The images tell the story of the contemporary makers and performers and those from whom they have inherited the forms.
WORKSHOPS
As part of the ongoing Banyan Tree exhibition, there are 3 #workshops happening as well.
Join us between the 16th and 19th October at The Bhavan, London for three, #freesessions with Meera Patel, Kali Chandrasegaram, and Shivaangee Agrawal.
On #Saturday 16th October, Meera will draw little ones into an enchanting world of storytelling | 3.30-4pm (babies and toddlers) & 4.30-5pm (5-10 year olds) | In-person only
On #Sunday 17th October, Kali will get all ages and abilities grooving in a fun dance session | 4-5pm | Via Zoom only
And on #Tuesday 19th October, Shivaangee will help you build confidence in expressing responses to movement | 6.30-8pm | In-person and via Zoom
Find the registration links to all 3 workshops below

ZEROCLASSIKAL  PRESENTS - Altered Boundaries 

Live Music Event
16 Oct 2021, 7.30 PM
zeroclassikal presents ALTERED BOUNDARIES.

The first half will feature classical ragas Jinjoti and Hemant performed by Ensemble musicians with Debasish Mukherjee on tabla.

This will be followed by 'Altered Boundaries'.
This new work by Jonathan Mayer is a concept of a string quartet, which is not a new one and even one incorporating Indian music is not new either. However, replacing the standard x2 violins, viola & cello with x2 sitars, sarod & sarangi, it will create a new sound not heard before. It aims to push the boundaries of contemporary Indian classical music, challenging the improvised based and homophonic nature with polyphonic textures, but keeping the essence of the raga structure.
The 40 min work feature Jonathan Mayer on main sitar joined by highly skilled and accomplished Indian classical musicianship of William Rees Hofmann on sarod, Pete Yelding on second sitar and Surjit Singh on sarangi.
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Durga Puja 2021


Wed, 13 Oct, 7 PM

The Bhavan london warmly welcomes you to Durga Puja 2021. Join us for the puja celebrations followed by devotional songs, dance, and prasad.
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY BHARADWAJ FAMILY
Celebrate the energy of the Goddess. 
7 pm onwards
LIMITED ENTRY, REGISTRATIONS COMPULSORY
LAST DAY TO REGISTER - OCT 12TH

IndianRaga Festival

Event - Workshop and Performance
2 Oct 2021
IndianRaga Festival 2021 is a celebration of music and dance and delightful experience for cultural aficionados.
This year’s event will see unique music and dance productions created by UK-based artists who were guided by maestros and award-winning choreographers such as Vamshi Krishna Vishnudas and Sujata Banerjee, MBE along with IndianRaga fellows, Eshani Sathe and Chiinthu Sarvan.
A specially commissioned dance- Samaja Vara, conceptualised and performed by Ashwini Deshpande, Pranita Chaudhary, Anaya Vasudha Bolar, Ami Jayakrishnan will be showcased at the festival.
IndianRaga Festival 2021 will feature career-defining masterclasses by Chitraleka Bolar, Sujata Banerjee and Rekesh Chauhan who are renowned globally for their rich contribution to Indian and Western classical art forms.
For further information, contact IndianRaga London team: london@indianraga.com / +447789099901

HastShilp London

EXHIBITION
24 Sept - 26 Sept

Fri 24 SEP : 3PM TO 7PM
SAT 25 SEP : 11AM TO 7PM
SUN 26 SEP : 11AM TO 4PM
Hastshilp London the collective was founded in 2016 with the aim to bring to the audience of the UK, a well curated collection of high quality handcrafted and ethically sourced wares from India. Each designer seeks to showcase the rich and vast heritage of karigari – craftsmanship, by incorporating in their work the various craft traditions found in India. Some designers work closely with craftsmen and artisans from the Indian subcontinent who in some cases are carrying on traditions that are generations old. Some exhibitors create the generations old arts and crafts themselves. By supporting these artists they hope to ensure that these rich traditions will carry on for a long time to come. The aim of the collective is to not only to sell these beautiful products but also in the process make the customer aware of the journey, the history and the story behind each craft's traditions.
1. Shinjini’s Art - Shinjini Thakur
Instagram - @shinjinisart
Facebook - www.facebook.com/shinjinisart
2. Eastern Elements - Neha Jain
Instagram - @elementseastern
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/easternelements
3. Dimple Design - Dimple Kalla
Instagram - @dimpledesign4u
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dimpledesign4u
4. UltraKriti - Vaishali Sanghal
Instagram - @ultrakriti_chikankari
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UltraKriti