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Singer & Composer

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 27 Aug 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

To mark 75 years of the Partition, singer and composer Sonam Kalra presents a critically acclaimed  experiential performance using music, theatre, video and design that delves into the cataclysmic events and emotions of the Partition of 1947. The performance brings to life the poetry and texts of that time, along with oral histories and testimonials of the survivors of Partition.

This performance is an attempt to preserve and honour the stories we all may have heard from our grandparents and to serve as lessons for generations to come. In revisiting these stories, Sonam Kalra hopes that the audience will be able to ponder, empathise and realise a way forward. Hopefully, this will be a way of peace and co-existence based on a shared grief, a shared loss, a shared history and a shared love.

Sonam Kalra will be joined on stage by Salima Raza, Indian theatre actor, as well as an ensemble of musicians. Sonam has also collaborated with visual artist Gopika Chowfla who brings to life the pain of the Partition through an art installation and graphics.

In collaboration with VIDYA


Sonam Kalra

Singer & Composer

Sonam Kalra is a singer and composer trained in Hindustani classical, western classical, Gospel and Jazz styles of music. She has performed at stages, festivals and venues across 30 countries including The Sydney Opera House and MTV’s Coke Studio. She has shared the stage with musicians like Sir Bob Geldof and Abida Parveen. Kalra is also a TED talks speaker and has also spoken at conferences such as the ‘Women in The World’ summit, The Economic Times Women’s Forum and at WIN conferences worldwide.

Her production, THE SUFI GOSPEL PROJECT, blends voices of faith through poetry and prayer. She has created a multidisciplinary experiential performance on Partition, titled PARTITION: STORIES OF SEPARATION, which revisits the cataclysmic events of the Partition of India in 1947. This performance has been showcased across India and the Middle East.

Kalra has been felicitated with the Femina ‘Woman of Worth’ Award, the Indian Express Devi Award, and the FICCI YFLO ‘Young Women Achiever’ for her work in the field of music, and the Global WIN Award to name a few.