Yatra, meaning journey, is a new and specially commissioned score that has been inspired by the journey of Colin Mackenzie from the Isle of Lewis to India. It will depict his journey through Gaelic vocal traditions using islander’s songs of travel and seafaring through to the traditional Indian raga and folk music which Mackenzie would have experienced and encountered during his travels and explorations in India.
It will also tell a wider story of the history and heritage of South Asia 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, a talented troupe of musicians from a range of musical backgrounds have been corralled by lead composer & musician Dalbir Singh Rattan.
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
Neil Johnstone; Cello
Rhona Johnstone; Violin
Jane H Macmillan; Violin
With Contributions from
Mary Smith; Gaelic song, Vocal expert & Folklorist
Visuals and design; John Macdonald
The Purvai Festival is a Signature Event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017