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Gauhar Jaan - The Datia Incident is a multilingual play fused with live music and dance that celebrates the early 20th century musical revolution, and the remarkable story of a talented musician who only ever craved control over her own fate.
An exhibition will run in the venue's café space throughout the production based on the early recording industry, the life of Gauhar Jaan and the role of women and courtesans in India at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The story of India's first recording artist.
India, Oct 1902.
Fred Gainsberg is travelling across the country capturing the exotic sounds of the East on his miraculous new machine, the Gramophone.
He hopes to record the beautiful voice of Gauhar Jaan, a young courtesan famed not only for her musical prowess, but her particular demands.
Meanwhile, invited to play at a royal coronation, Gauhar's requests see the Maharaja pull a trick that leaves her refusing to perform.
Unhappy being a puppet of the court, Gauhar embraces the new recording technology that other artists have feared and becomes India's very first recording artist.
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Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Author: Tarun Jasani
Director: Mukul Ahmed
Set designer: Sophie Jump
Musical direction: Tarun Jasani