The summer has not yet arrived, but it already feels like something of ‘Indian Summers’ – and not just due to the lavishly-produced television drama on Channel 4: India is once again the theme of several events and shows in London this summer.
Last Sunday saw the launch of not only ‘Indian Summers’, but also the television adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel, ‘The Casual Vacancy’, which has a Sikh family at the heart of a fictional English village called Pagford.
The cast of the three-episode series includes Lolita Chakrabarti as Parminder Jawanda, Silas carson as Vikram Jawanda and Ria Chooney as Suskhvinder Jawanda. Rowling said she did a ‘vast amount of research’ on Sikhism for the book released in 2012.
Besides the small screen, India is the theme of the comedy-drama film ‘The Second Best Marigold Hotel’, whose premiere was attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall this week. Starring Judi Dench, Richard Gere and Dev Patel in the large cast, the film directed by John Madden was shot mainly in Jaipur. It is due for release on 26 February.
Noted actor Lilette Dubey’s theatre Company brings Girish Karnad’s play ‘Boiled Beans on Toast’, which is due to premiere on 10 March. Set in Bengaluru, the play depicts the intertwining lives of six people, portraying different classes of Indians co-existing under one roof.
Another major India-themed event is the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘India Festival’, which begins in June and continues until early 2016, bringing together a range of exhibitions and events.
The India Festival will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.