Leading Carnatic vocalist Supriya Nagarajan, of West Yorkshire-based arts organisation Manasamitra, broke new ground with a sell-out performance of the unique musical project, Lullaby Sonic Cradle.
The performance – a contemporary musical exploration of night time sounds interspersed with lullabies from India and audio recording gathered from members of the local community – was being performed for the second time this year.
A huge audience came along to witness the stunning performance at Wigmore Hall, London, on Friday 22nd February.
Inspired by the songs Indian women sing to their babies while working in the fields, the installation is created through a collaborative process involving communities, professional musicians and technology. The result is a restful, tranquil and immersive musical experience featuring interactive visual effects.
Composer Duncan Chapman, Theremin player Charlie Draper and James Cave joined Supriya to deliver Lullaby Sonic Cradle.
As part of the current UK tour, Lullaby Sonic Cradle will also be delivered at the Salmon Bothy, Portsoy, Scotland, on March 16 and Middlesbrough Town Hall on April 13.
Supriya said: “Following the success of our performances in 2016, we’re pleased to secured Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England to enable us to deliver the Lullaby Sonic Cradle project in partnership with venues across the country.
“During the residencies, we did extensive audience development work and engaged with host partners to better understand the cultural landscapes behind each community.“This has enabled us to deliver installations that are largely bespoke to each audience, and which place emphasis on the experiences of attendees – whether that be mothers and tots in rural communities or the culturally diverse make-up of the local population.”
Based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Manasamitra delivers a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways.
The company’s work is stimulated by ideas, forms and aesthetics from India within a contemporary British context.