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Gauhar Jaan-The Datia Incident
On from 10 Apr 2018 till 29 Apr 2018
by Presented by Mukul and Ghetto Tigers Written by Tarun Jasani Directed by Mukul Ahmed
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £15 / (£12 concessions)

About: Gauhar Jaan-The Datia Incident

Tue 10 – Sun 29 Apr | £15 | £12 concessions
7.30pm weekdays, 4pm Sundays

For ages 15+

The story of India’s first recording artist

India, Oct 1902. Fred Gainsberg is travelling across the country capturing the exotic sounds of the East on his miraculous new machine, the Gramophone.
 He hopes to record the beautiful voice of Gauhar Jaan, a young courtesan famed not only for her musical prowess, but her particular demands. Meanwhile, invited to play at a royal coronation, Gauhar’s requests see the Maharaja pull a trick that leaves her refusing to perform. Unhappy being a puppet of the court, Gauhar embraces the new recording technology that other artists have feared and becomes India’s very first recording artist.

Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident is a multilingual play fused with live music and dance that celebrates the early 20th century musical revolution, and the remarkable story of a talented musician who only ever craved control over her own fate.

An exhibition will run in our café space throughout the production based on
 the early recording industry, the life of Gauhar Jaan and the role of women and courtesans in India at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Presented by Mukul and Ghetto Tigers
Written by Tarun Jasani
Directed by Mukul Ahmed

Kindly supported by the EMI Group Archive Trust

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