Sat 3 Jun
Sacred Sounds: Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War explores some of the many narratives of this period – the timeless and transcendent beauty of the shabads themselves, the composition of which started with Guru Nanak (1469-1539) the first of the Sikh Gurus; the power and pathos of the letters exchanged between the Sikh soldiers and their families in the Punjab; the voices of the women of the Punjab through fragments of ballads and songs; the brusque recruitment songs that the British commissioned as well as new spoken word elements.
A cinematic backdrop of images promise to make this a thought provoking and memorable experience.
The live cast features: Kirpal Singh Panesar (strings and vocals), Keertan Kaur Rehal (vocals and harmonium), Christella Litras (vocals), Ravneet Sehra (vocals and spoken word), Prabhjot Singh Gill (percussion), Joe Williams (spoken word) and Vijay Venkat (strings).
The concert is further brought to life by award-winning writer, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker’s vivid poetry and images, enhanced by Jack Lockhart’s animation.
Stay around and get hands-on with Doncaster 1914-18’s pop-up Museum. Try on First-World War costumes, handle real and replica First World War objects and share your First World War stories.
The Great War on Tour
Get hands-on with Doncaster 1914-18’s pop-up Museum. Try on First-World War costumes, handle real and replica First World War objects and share your First World War stories with the project. Do you have a South Asian ancestor who served in the First World War? Doncaster 1914-18 would love to hear from you to add to our online community archive at www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk
Sacred Sounds: Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War is presented by Alchemy, SAA-uk and The Network of Sikh Organisations in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall; Cast, Doncaster; GemArts, Gateshead; Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Newcastle; Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewa Jatha, Leeds; Ilkley Literature Festival; Nishkam Civic Association, Birmingham; Royal Armouries, Leeds; Sage Gateshead.
Image: Men of the 15th Sikhs performing kirtan (devotional songs) in a French barn. Le Sart, 24th July 1915. B/W photo H.D. Girdwood, British Library, London, UK/Bridgeman Images. BL 3474357