Kilt Trip: A unique collaboration between Scotland and India
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Kilt Trip: A unique collaboration between Scotland and India

Check out a storytelling and music session that incorporates original tales from both countries, and weaves in personal narrative.

mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2018 15:24 IST
Madhusree Ghosh
Madhusree Ghosh
Hindustan Times
The four artistes, Mohammad Muneem Nazir, Daniel Allison, Eilidh Firth and Sheena Khalid, conceptualised the show during a two-week residency.
  • WHEN: March 24 and 25, 8 pm
  • WHERE: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mahalaxmi
  • Cost: Rs 250

Four artists from India, Mohammad Muneem Nazir and Sheena Khalid, and Daniel Allison and Eilidh Firth from Scotland, are collaborating on a story-telling and music session in the city, a culmination of the two week residency that brought together unique aspects of both countries.

The show is called A New Conversation: Where I Stand. It incorporates traditional and original stories from India and Scotland, theatrical and musical performances, and the performers still somehow weave in personal narratives of mythical and ancestral and contemporary homes.

“When we met for the residency, we had no idea what the show is going to be,” says Khalid, 29. “We started with a blank slate but soon realised that our different backgrounds gave us the material for weaving stories and conceptualising a show. So as one of the storytellers, I will be talking about how mills and factories in both the cities have transformed with the economic and cultural changes, while Nazeer will share memories of his growing up years in Kashmir through music and verse.”

Allison, 35, who is also a storyteller, plans to narrate myths and legends from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia and how they reflect contemporary India.

“For example, there is a classic Scottish legend about the warrior-poet Ossian who was invited to leave Scotland and live in another world where everything was perfect. He went but eventually found himself longing for this world, its strangeness. Nazir and I have created a piece which sets this story against his own story of leaving Kashmir but being pulled to go back and live and share his music there,” he says.

For Firth, 28, the residency was a way to break out of the comfort zone of mainly musical performance and composition. “I play traditional Scottish music on the fiddle (violin) for the performance. I’ll also be taking part in some of the storytelling aspects of the performance - a new experience for me,” she says.

The show, a collaboration between the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture (G5A) in Mumbai and the Scottish Storytelling Centre (SSC) in Edinburgh, is supported by the by the British Council, The Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland.

First Published: Mar 23, 2018 17:57 IST