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Mughal India Discovery Day

Sat 23 Feb 2013, 11.00-16.30

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Free, no booking required

All parents who attend the discovery day can save £2 on tickets to the Mughal India exhibition

Join us on a magical Mughal Discovery Day for all the family, packed with free performances, activities and film celebrating the art and culture of Mughal India. Throw new shapes in a Kathak dance class, try your hand in creative art and puppetry workshops, or lose yourself listening to traditional stories. The vibrancy of the Indian sub-continent will be brought to life in the heart of London. All activities are suitable for ages 6 and up, spaces are limited so please arrive early.

12.00 onwards HENNA & BINDI Sample the ancient and beautiful art of henna hand-painting. Our resident henna artists will create a unique henna hand design for you or add a little sparkle to your forehead with a bindi.

11.00 and 14.00 PEACOCK RANGOLI WORKSHOP Take part in a workshop evoking the folk art of rangoli – the colourful patterns drawn on the floor to welcome visitors. This will culminate in the creation of a Mughal- inspired peacock at the end of the day. Ranbir Kaur will guide you through the design process and help you to create a personalised segment which will be included in the finished Mughal peacock artwork. Places are limited.

12.00 MUGHAL-E-AZAM FILM SCREENING (173 mins, PG) Mughal-e-Azam is one of Indian cinema’s greatest historical dramas featuring an iconic cast and legendary song and dance sequences. It tells the story of 16th-century Mughal Emperor Akbar, who has a major falling out with his rebellious son and heir, after the young Prince Salim falls in love with a beautiful court dancer. Now over 50 years old, it was the most expensive and highest grossing Indian film of its time. This is a rare opportunity to see the original 1960s black & white movie with an introduction by Bollywood commentator Irna Qureshi.

12.00, 14.00 and 16.00 INDIGO MOON THEATRE will present a series of performances of Saraswati, Dancing marionette from Rajasthan.  There will also be opportunity to make a dancing kathputli puppet to join in a dance at the end of the session.

11.00, 14.00 and 16.15 KATHAK DANCE PERFORMANCE North India is the birthplace of the mesmerising classical Kathak dance. A highly expressive and dramatic dance form, Kathak translates loosely as ‘story’ or ‘he who tells stories’. Three special performances will be held throughout the day as well as workshops in which you can learn some of the beautiful stylised movements.

11.30 and 14.30 STORYTELLING SESSIONS WITH MARCIA WILLIAMS Children’s author Marcia Williams will beguile her audience with stories from her book The Elephant’s Friend and other Tales from Ancient India. Here you’ll meet some of the animals found in traditional Mughal painting and create animal masks (with Marcia’s help) to bring these characters to life.

11.00 and 14.30 ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS Shehnoor Ahmed has fused Mughal influences with the Far Eastern art of origami. She uses brightly coloured Mughal and Islamic-inspired papers to make ingenious trinket boxes, cranes, boats, jewellery and beads. Try your hand at the art of origami with a twist.