Music Beyond Borders - Amrit Kaur Lohia

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Asian Music Circuit Presents – Music Beyond Borders

A recital celebrating woman in music as part of The Genders of Indian Music exhibition at York University – Festival of Ideas 2017.

Join Amrit Kaur Lohia, a sarangi player and vocalist in the genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul, as she explores ‘music beyond borders’. Through music written for women by women, and beginning with pre-partition Punjab, she tells stories of partition and the violence women experienced in 1947. The set features a sarangi instrumental, Punjabi folk songs and the poetry of acclaimed Punjabi writer, Amrita Pritam. Amrit will be accompanied by her brother Pratab Singh on tabla.

Supported by Cox & Kings and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts.

Please note: You may wish to bring a cushion to sit on during the performance as there is no seating available. Please do not bring folding chairs of any kind. If you have any queries, please contact the Festival Box Office on 01904 324466.

Amrit Kaur Lohia learns sarangi from Ustad Surjit Singh Aulakh. Based in London, she tours internationally as a performer, composer and workshop facilitator. Amrit trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic and has recently graduated with an MA History at SOAS, University of London. Amrit also founded Humanised, an international social enterprise that teaches world history through theatre and music. She is currently writing her first book exploring women's experiences in colonial Punjab during World War I. 

Pratab Singh is a student of Harkirat Singh Rayatt. Pratab has accompanied Amrit on her on tours in the USA, UK and Europe.