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Sohini and Mahival at Alchemy Festival 2015

Come and see work in progress of the Tragic Love of Sohini and Mahival, the worlds first Urdu Oratorio with puppetry, dance, poetry and music. Composed by Baluji Shrivastav and Academy Award & Golden Globe winner Dario Marianelli. 

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. 

Date: 18th May 2015
Time: TBC
Admission Fee: TBC
Veneu: The SouthBank Centre, London
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