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The First Indian Diva – The Courtesan and the Recording Industry

Tue 3 – Sat 28 Apr, 10am-6pm

Free admission

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The exhibition The First Indian Diva – The Courtesan and the Recording Industry will run throughout April in our cafe space to accompany the Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident production.

The exhibition explores the life of Gauhar Jaan, her bold contribution to world music and the origins of the Indian recording industry at the dawn of the 20th Century.

The First Indian Diva highlights the revolutionary impact that technology had on the development of arts and culture and the importance of the first recorded sound. The exhibition addresses the role of female courtesans in India, the significance and impact of artists such as Gauhar Jaan and the influential role of the early music labels.

The exhibition is curated by Rolf Killius and produced by Anjeli Placzek. High profile musical performances will be staged within the exhibition space on the dates below.

Book your ticket to attend the FREE closing event on Sat 28th April, which will take place after the performance of Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident

Closing event details: 9.30pm – 10.30pm: An evening of Hindustani Art Music: The highly respected string instrument virtuoso Somjit DasGupta from Kolkata, the youngest disciple of the legendary maestro Radhika Mohan Moitra, has agreed to play a unique one-off UK concert accompanied by the versatile tabla (double drum) player Amritpal Singh Sidhu.




Kindly supported by the EMI Group Archive Trust and The British Library