MELA CARNIVAL

Mughal Minatures

Mughal Minatures

WHEN 27 August
WHERE Botanic Gardens

Colourful mini-worlds of dance, music and puppetry celebrate the exquisite traditional art of Indian and Persian miniature paintings.

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Beautiful and ornate scenes transform from still pictures into bursts of dance and music

 

We invite you to step back in time and join us at court to meet the feisty Queen; to dance as if no one is watching in the monsoon; to tame a cheeky peacock; to hunt in the forest; and to join in the procession of noble elephants. But everything is not as it seems, and our well-behaved characters have grown tired of their restrictive frames. With the help of you our audience they can break free not only of their pictorial frames, but also of society’s expectations.

 

Indian miniature painting of 9th and 10th century was hugely multicultural, drawing inspiration from many peoples and cultures. Fittingly therefore, as with all Sonia Sabri Company’s work, this project is about bringing different artists, forms and cultures into dialogue with each other and demonstrating their complementary nature, as a metaphor for our diverse society at large.

 

Produced by Sonia Sabri Company, one of the UK’s leading South Asian dance companies.

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