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Mercury Prize-winning composer, producer and tabla player Talvin Singh headlines this unique event with the world premiere of a brand new live musical response to Photography 1857–2017, commissioned by the Science Museum. 

Known for fusing classical Indian music with drum and bass, Singh has collaborated with the likes of Madonna, Bjork and Massive Attack.

He will give a live performance of brand new compositions inspired by our photography exhibition that tell the story of India’s modern history, pivoting around two key dates: 1857, the year of the Mutiny and 1947, the year of Independence and Partition. This performance will be accompanied by specially-produced visuals incorporating still photography from the exhibition and archival moving images.

Singh will be supported on the night by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan. Signed to Domino Records, the trio is comprised of Scottish folk musician James Yorkston, double bass player Jon Thorne and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan. Bringing together touches of jazz with traditional Indian classicism and British folk, they’re an improbable combination but one that has been met with great acclaim, described as 'heavenly' by Mojo and 'an extraordinary blend' by Record Collector. 

Listen to Sufi Song by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan

Talvin Singh