Many artists have been inspired by this folktale that is popular both in Sindh, Punjab, Pakistan and India. Like Romeo and Juliet, it is a story of forced marriage, honour killings and passion. Sohini, a married Hindu girl, and Mahival, a Muslim boy, fall deeply in love, defying convention, and paying the ultimate price.
Urdu poetry is cherished by both Hindus and Muslims and Baluji has chosen to compose this work within this great tradition. Baluji in collaboration with Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli have brought this story to new audiences in the form of an Oratorio. Come and see how the world’s first Urdu Oratorio is being explored and developed with dance by Gauri Sharma, puppetry by Jonny Dixon , and a company of accomplished musicians from different traditions, leading towards a final production to be performed in 2016.