The 150th anniversary of Tagore is celebrated all over Britain and Sampad in Birmingham a wonderful South Asian Arts company has a superb programme that tempts me to take a trip down to the Midlands in May. The programme covers all aspects of the Arts as shown here: “International Speakers, Dancers and Musicians gather to celebrating a great man in the setting he inspired.” They include Deepak Chopra, Aditi Mangaldas, Bhavan, Sonal Mansingh, Wajahat Khan, Sangetta Datta, William Radice, Vandana Shiva, Anisur Rahman, Dharambir Singh, Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri.More info at: http://www.tagorefestival.com.
The feast of programmes continues later on in the year as Pandit Ravi Shanker: Celebrating his 10th Decade is performing at the Edinburgh Festival and at Birmingham in June/ August.
A friend mentioned the book ‘Victoria and Abdul’ and I looked it up on Amazon. An intriguing subject that I am sure will make this book worth reading. I am going to order it from Amazon, especially as I read somewhere that the author actually interviewed members of Abdul’s family in India!