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Spring Season 2013

Jan - Apr Sikh Fortress Turban exhibition 26 January – 28 April Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

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Welcome to our Spring 2013 season programme As always, we have lots in store for you this season, with a lively programme including dance, music, theatre and story-telling events. It’s always good to start the year off with a culturally enriching experience and Sikh Fortress Turban at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery promises to be just that. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with BMAG, as part of this free exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into a distinctive symbol of Sikh heritage and examines why the turban remains important to modern-day Sikhs. We continue to champion local and emerging talent in February and April. Our Dance Sabha, Southern Bells, in partnership with mac birmingham, features beautiful classical dance from the Southern regions of India and our annual showcase, Asian Spring, throws a spotlight again on some of the best dance talent in our region. More established talents take to the stage later in the season, when the Bollywood Showstoppers arrive in Birmingham, for a celebrity-filled musical dance extravaganza with Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora and Atif Aslam. The vibrant Spring Festival of Holi will be the inspiration for music, story-telling and dance in March, as we join Surdhwani and Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton to welcome the colour & vitality of the new season. For regular updates about our events and activities, you can sign up to our mailing list via our website (or you can just email It’s a quick and easy process and will ensure that you don’t miss out on any of our news. You should also keep an eye on our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds in the coming weeks, for exciting announcements about our plans to celebrate 100 years of Bollywood, here in Birmingham!

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Music Saturdays, 1pm – 2.30pm

Mid-day Mantra A free monthly series presenting music from India to uplift the spirit on Saturday lunchtimes. 19 January Deepa Nair Rasiya Deepa’s soul-stirring vocals have featured on numerous albums worldwide including George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s Chants of India. Hear her perform North Indian classical and folk songs, accompanied by Manjeet Singh Rasiya on tabla.

Deepa Nair Rasiya

16 February Salim Sabri A former student of legendary singer Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri (Sabri Brothers), Salim will perform the traditional art of Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, along with his group. 23 March Sanyogita Kumari Vocalist Sanyogita performs classically-based popular Hindi film songs and qawwalis accompanied by Dr Amrita Srivastav (vocals), Babar Hussain (harmonium & vocals) and Harjinder Matharu (tabla). 20 April Kirpal Singh Panesar Regarded a rising star in the UK today, Kirpal has won wide acclaim for his skilled performances using the Tar-Shehnai and the Dilruba, two traditional and unique Indian string instruments.

Salim Sabri

Sanyogita Kumari

For more details of the artists performing visit our website at Venue

Symphony Hall Café Bar, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA Tickets

FREE In association with Town Hall Symphony Hall Supported by Arts Council England

Kirpal Singh Panesar

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Exhibition Saturday 26 January – Sunday 28 April

Sikh Fortress Turban exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery A Spotlight Loan from the British Museum The magnificent fortress turban is a distinctive symbol of Sikh faith and history. It was worn by skilled Sikh warriors called Akali Nihangs, who used it to hold their weaponry. This exhibition will explore the story of this rare example of a ‘dastaar boonga’, literally meaning a ‘towering fortress’, with contributions from Birmingham’s Sikh community. As part of the exhibition, there will be an informal session on Saturday 27 April, 2-4pm examining textiles and their use in a cultural context. Free admission. For more information, visit Venue

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH Tickets

FREE exhibition, no tickets required

Sikh Akali-Nihang turban (dastaar boonga), blue cloth (21st century) with steel blades and quoits, Punjab, India, 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Dance Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm

Dance Sabha – Southern Bells Sabha is sampad’s popular showcase for local and emerging talent in music, dance, theatre and spoken word. This evening’s show features the beautiful forms of classical South Indian dance. Kopal Vedam will perform Kuchipudi dance from Andhra Pradesh, known for its graceful movements and strong narrative/ dramatic character and students from Chitraleka Dance Company will present striking Bharatanatyam originating from Tamil Nadu. Venue

Foyle Studio, mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park B12 9QH

Kopal Vedam


Ticket Office/ Online Booking

£8 (£6 concessions)

0121 446 3232 / 05

Theatre Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm

Kali Theatre presents

My Daughter’s Trial by Gulshana Choudhuri Parveen, an ambitious young Muslim barrister faces her own trial when she must decide whether to section her mentally ill mother against her family’s wishes. This compelling and humorous new play moves rapidly from courtroom battle to domestic turmoil as she juggles her professional and personal responsibilities, which become even more complicated when her legal opponent turns out to be the love of her life...

Music, Story-telling, Dance Saturday 2 March, 7.30pm

A Holi Celebration Music, story-telling & dance feature in this celebration of the vibrant Festival of Holi, which marks the arrival of Spring and welcomes the colour and vitality of the new season. Presented in association with Surdhwani and Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton Venue

Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE Tickets

All tickets £5 Ticket Office/Online Booking

01902 321 321

My Daughter’s Trial will be presented in the atmospheric court-like Senate Chamber at the University of Birmingham, with the audience acting as the public gallery and the jury. Find out more at Recommended age 14+ Venue

Senate Chamber, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT Tickets

£15 (£10 concs) Ticket Office/Online Booking

0121 245 4455 Tickets available on the door for cash only. Please note that The BOX will make the following charges to customers purchasing tickets: Counter & phone: £1 transaction fee (cards only) + 70p postage fee (if applicable)
Internet: 70p postage fee (if applicable).

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Music & Dance


Friday 5 April, 6.30pm

Sunday 28 April, 4pm

Bollywood Showstoppers

Asian Spring

Bollywood Showstoppers are coming to Birmingham’s LG Arena this Spring!

Experience exhilarating Kathak and Bharatanatyam, breathtaking Bollywood moves and Bhangra from the Midlands’ best home-grown talent.

The live and exclusive musical dance extravaganza features Bollywood icon Bipasha Basu, dancing queen Malaika Arora, the sensational Shaan, rockstar Atif Aslam and the spectacular Bolly Flex. For more information, visit Celebrating 10 years of Flex FX Venue

LG Arena, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT Tickets

Tickets on sale now £20-£85 Ticket Office/Online Booking

0844 338 8000

sampad’s annual showcase returns with an energetic celebration of South Asian dance.


Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, B3 3HG Tickets

£8 (£6 concessions) Ticket Office/Online Booking

0121 245 4455 Please note that the box office closes 2 hours prior to the start of the performance so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note that The BOX will make the following charges to customers purchasing tickets: Counter & phone: £1 transaction fee (cards only) + 70p postage fee (if applicable)
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Education and Learning Sampad has an established programme of education, outreach and learning activities that it delivers within school and community settings, using experienced practitioners to support your curriculum and creative learning needs. Attention teachers! Book your Spring Workshops for schools now:

Attention artists! We’re now taking bookings for our Artists in Schools Workshops:

Spring Workshops

Artists in Schools Workshops

Our workshops around the Holi and Vaisakhi Festivals (taking place in March & April respectively) use South Asian artforms to celebrate the new life, energy and colours of Spring.

Sampad is currently offering workshops aimed at helping artists/creative educators to develop and prepare their work with schools.

Other workshops on offer this season include: • Creative writing: Improving English through poetry and short stories inspired by Rabindranath Tagore, a hugely influential Bengali poet and writer who won a Nobel Prize for Literature • Digital: film-making and photography exploring themes around cultural identity • Early Years: Lori (lullabies), music, movement and storytelling engaging children and families, and Early Years practitioners.

All participants will be registered onto sampad’s artist pool for delivering workshops in schools during 2013 and will receive practical & useful information to take away on the day. Cost & Booking £50 including VAT. These sessions fill up quickly so BOOK EARLY to secure your place! Dates and Venues Wednesday 13th February 2013 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH Wednesday 13th March 2013 RSA Academy, Bilston Road, Tipton DY4 0BZ

To book any of our workshops, please contact sampad’s Education Co-ordinator Rabiyah K Latif, or 0121 446 3262. For more information about education and learning, please visit or email You can also follow us on Twitter: @SampadEducation or join our open Facebook group at

Diary of Events

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JANUARY 19 Mid-day Mantra

Symphony Hall Cafe Bar

1pm FREE P3

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery FREE 26 Sikh Fortress Turban Exhibition (opens 26 January, ends 28 April)


FEBRUARY 13 Dance Sabha: Southern Bells

mac birmingham

7.30pm £8 (£6)

16 Mid-day Mantra

Symphony Hall Cafe Bar

1pm FREE P3


MARCH 2 A Holi Celebration

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

7.30pm £5 P5

23 Mid-day Mantra

Symphony Hall Cafe Bar

1pm FREE P3


My Daughter’s Trial

Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

7.30pm £15 (£10) P5


My Daughter’s Trial

Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

7.30pm £15 (£10) P5


Bollywood Showstoppers

LG Arena, National Exhibition Centre

6.30pm £20-£85 P6


My Daughter’s Trial

Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

7.30pm £15 (£10) P5

20 Mid-day Mantra

Symphony Hall Cafe Bar

1pm FREE P3

28 Asian Spring

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

4pm £8 (£6) P6

All information in this brochure is correct at the time of printing. However, changes may occasionally be necessary and any up-to-date or additional information can be found on the sampad website. sampad apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Listings of sampad events in Spring 2013 (January - April)