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Sacred Sounds tells some of the largely forgotten stories of British India’s role in the First World War. Over one million Indian combatants and non-combatants participated in this calamitous war. Of these just under 100,000 were Sikhs – an astonishingly high number – considering they represented a tiny percentage of India’s population. Inspired by an evocative photograph of Sikh soldiers performing Gurbani Kirtan or Shabads (Sikh sacred hymns) in a French barn, this live concert showcases the music that Sikh soldiers took with them to camp and battlefield.
Interspersed by readings of letters between soldiers and their families, the concert showcases their stories through the diverse music of the time, Shabads, recruitment songs and folk songs – including a mother’s lament for a departing son.
Featuring: Kirpal Singh Panesar, Keertan Kaur Rehal, Christella Litras, Ravneet Sehra, Prabhjot Singh Gill, Joe Williams, Vijay Venkat and Robert Green. Poetry and images by Imtiaz Dharker, animated by Jack Lockhart.
Sacred Sounds is funded by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Programme
Sacred Sounds: Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War is presented by Alchemy, SAA-uk, and the Network of Sikh Organisations, UK in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall; Cast, Doncaster; GemArts, Gateshead; Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Leeds; Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Bradford; Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Newcastle; Ilkley Literature Festival; Nishkam Civic Association, Birmingham; Royal Armouries, Leeds;
A family ticket is available for £30 and includes 4 tickets (must include one child). Please call Ticket Office to book.