To celebrate the Illuminating India exhibition, we are delighted to welcome the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for two very special intimate evenings of dance and live music.
One of India's most highly-regarded dance companies, Bangalore’s Nrityagram have performed worldwide, including in the USA, Japan, the Middle East and Singapore, and at Edinburgh Festival and the Southbank Centre.
Experts in the Odissi dance form—a 2000-year-old classical dance style that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha—Nrityagram’s hypnotically fluid movements, delicate, sensual yet muscular style and ornate garments make for a truly spellbinding performance. They will be performing Sriyah, bringing to life ancient wisdom, sacred rituals and divine transformation.
Watch and you might witness a sacred transfiguration: from stage to temple, from woman to goddess—this will be unlike anything the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre has seen before.
The only proper response to dancers this amazing is worship!
Performing an opening set on the night is sitarist Mehboob Nadeem. Born into a highly illustrious family of traditional of the Agra Gharana, Mehboob is the grandson of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan and Gayan Samrat Ustad Hussain Khan. One of the most respected sitar players in the UK, he has been invited to perform for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales and regularly performs across the world. Mehboob will be joined on the night by live tabla accompaniment.