Purvai 2018

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Purvai at The Kolkata Literary Festival – January 2018

In Jan 2017 An Lanntair and Edinburgh International Book Festival developed New Passages, a special, year-long project commemorating both the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the partition of India.

New passages as part of Purvai overall project also uses the life, work and The Mackenzie Collection as it’s axis. Scottish Writers having travelled to the Hebrides to view the collection and birth place of Mackenzie, Nalini Paul and Abir Mukhrjee are now writing on their discoveries and personal responses to that Journey.

In collaboration with the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival in Kolkata, the writers will now carry out a week long residency continuing their journey and research through The Mackenzie Collection. They will meet and Collaborate with Indian Counterpart writers Sandip Roy and Sampurna Chattarji.

This partnership between Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival, An Lanntair’s Purvai Project and Edinburgh International Book Festival is supported by the British Council through their UK India 2017 fund.


Yatra Queen Elizabeth Cup and The India Museum – 9th and 10th of January 2018

The Purvai Festival 2017 headline and Event Scotland Year of History Heritage and Archaeology signature event, Yatra (meaning Journey) which told the journey of Mackenzie from the Hebrides to India through a confluence of Gaelic vocal traditions and Indian Rag will be performed to audiences in India. Firstly at the Queen Elizabeth Cup Reception on the 9th of Feb and a large scale performance will take place at The India Museum on the 10th of February.

To bring ‘Yatra’ back to India and for it to be performed at The India Museum is hugely poignant and befitting for the project, as Colin Mackenzie life’s work and collection was dedicated to documenting, sharing and understanding the ancient art and cultures of India.

The musicians will include:
Dalbir Singh Rattan – Lead composer and Tabla
Kathleen Maciness – vocals
Aziz Ibrahim – Guitar
Kaviraj Singh – Vocals and Santoor
Jane Hepburn – Violin
Neil Johnstone – Cello
Rhona Johnstone – Violin

You can see a clip of Yatra from Purvai 2017 below.