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BBC Singers/Jeannin & Soumik Datta

The Love Between Us

Soumik Datta standing in a park holding a sarod

The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin present a programme celebrating the rich heritage of Indian classical music with Soumik Datta, alongside the work of Bach.

Written for the same western orchestration as Bach’s triumphant Magnificat with sitar and tabla, Reena Esmail’s This love between us is a piece about unity. Its seven movements juxtapose the words of seven major religious traditions of India, and specifically how each of these traditions approaches the topic of unity and kindness. 

The texts come either straight from canonical religious writings or from poets who write through the lens of their religion. At the heart of the programme is the world premiere of Soumik Datta’s BBC Commission, weaving Indian classical music, Bengali folk, Tagore and Partition songs with his own compositions about migration and identity.

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date. 


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photo of man playing sarod in an empty conference room

Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta


Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

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