Get ready for Indian songs, movie, masala from 7th April

Alchemy, festival celebrating Indian culture on till April 11


Slumdog composer A.R. Rahman to perform

7th April 2010:
If you are an Indian, or simply love Indian music, dance, literature, fashion and food, get ready for Alchemy, a new festival celebrating contemporary and traditional culture of India.

In fact, Southbank Centre is all set to launch Alchemy from 7 to 11 April. The events range from rare classical concert by celebrated composer A.R. Rahman to the very best UK Bhangra.

This is not all. You also get to enjoy an evening of music and chat with the Grewal Family from Channel 4’s hit documentary The Family.

And if you wish to learn, you have free classical and folk dance workshops, early morning yoga, the Alchemy Market and an immersive installation recreating the sights and sounds of Southall. The five-day festival takes over all venues and spaces of Southbank Centre.

The highlights are a special performance of music from Slumdog Millionaire by academy award-winning composer A.R. Rahman on 7th April. You also have Bollywood classics by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On 11th April, you have a musical evening with the Grewal family. But before that on 8th April Radio 1 DJ presents live performances by the biggest names in UK Bhangra. You even have the free screening of classic Bollywood film Sholay

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre says like the mix of peoples, traditions and boundless energy that conspires to produce one of the world’s great cultures, Alchemy – as the name suggests – is the result of an unprecedented coming together of individuals and organisations, all of whom champion different facets of Indian culture in the UK.

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