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Milap prepares to celebrate Diwali this November

The UK’s leading Indian Arts and Culture company, Milap is preparing to celebrate Diwali with a week-long programme of music and dance that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of India, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.

Rising stars and internationally renowned performers will feature on Milap’s digital programme, with the ever-popular Music for the Mind & Soul series returning to the fore, with several concerts taking place across the week with Morning, Afternoon and Evening Raaga performances featuring instruments which are rarely seen performed in a concert setting in the UK, such as the Mandolin and the Nadaswaram. This national concert series is designed to make the audience relax and forget about their worries and focus on their mental health and wellbeing.

The festival of events kicks off with internationally renowned sitarist, Shakir Khan – one of the most promising young exponents of the legendary Etawah Gharana – energetically following in the musical footsteps of his prodigious father and guru, the sitar maestro, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan.

Milap’s programme of events to celebrate Diwali will take place from 9th – 15th November across various streaming platforms. You can access all the events and see the full line-up and schedule at milapfest.com/live

This year, Milap are also partnering with Digital Diwali to showcase four additional exciting events, including ‘The Home Coming’ on Saturday November 14th – a 20 minute performance of dance and storytelling, featuring the final part of seven days of stories by Supriya Nagarajan’s songs in a variety of Indian languages.

Created and produced by Walk the Plank, the live stream will conclude with Ravana, the ten headed demon King of Lanka, lighting up in spectacular fashion.

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts specialists with 27 years’ experience of working with communities to create engaging site responsive (and socially distanced) work in public space. Based in Salford, Walk the Plank works regionally and internationally on projects of every shape and size.

You can access all the online events taking place from 9th to 15th November 2020 by heading to milapfest.com/live.


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