Yatra: meaning journey has been inspired by the journey of Colin Mackenzie from the Isle of Lewis to India. His collection of ancient pieces of art will arrive for the first time to his place of birth and home, Stornoway during the ‘Collector Extraordinaire’ Exhibition which will be held at the Museum nan Eilean from August – November 2017.
Yatra will be a new and specially commissioned score which will depict Mackenzie’s journey through traditional Gaelic vocal traditions using islander’s songs of travel and seafaring through to the traditional Indian raag and folk music which Mackenzie would have experienced and encountered during his travels and explorations in India.
Yatra will be a performance piece which will compliment and form part of the overall Purvai programme complimenting the ‘Collector extraordinaire’ exhibition, bringing to life the journey of Mackenzie and the imagery of his collection.
It is intended that this piece should tell Mackenzie’s story through compositions specially composed and performed by contributing artists. Artists from both the Gaelic and Indian musical traditions.
What’s poignant about Colin’s journey is his love for India, it’s art and her people a county which he came to consider his home but never forgetting his Hebridean home either. This piece of music will be the embodiment of his Yatra.
It will also tell a wider story of this history and heritage between India and the UK and what that connection has come to mean and embody today. A historical story made alive and present through artists working today, representing these traditions in a progressive and innovative way.
The show is envisaged to be set to a backdrop of moving imagery charting this journey, beginning in Stornoway and then moving on into India while also using imagery and drawings from his own collection, including some of his own very first drawings of India on his arrival.
Dalbir Singh Rattan; Producer lead composer and artistic direction.
Aziz Ibrahim; Asian Blues , Guitar virtuoso, Electronica
Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla; Vocals and Santoor
Seetal Kaur Dhadyalla – Kathak
Anna Murray; Gaelic vocalist and great highland pipes
Ceitlin Smith; Gaelic Vocalist
With Contributions from
Mary Smith; Gaelic song, Vocal expert & Folklorist
Calum Martin; Musician composer and Gaelic Psalm expert
The performance will take place as part of Events Scotland year of History Heritage and Archaeology signature event during the Purvai Festival week, Friday the 18th August 2017 an Lanntair auditorium.