Dr Blighty – The Concerts
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Sat 28 May, 7.30pm
Music, words and imagery combine to recall memories of the Raj. The Philharmonia Orchestra and violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath perform some of the best-loved English works of the period, alongside Ramnath’s own traditional music scored for violin, orchestra and Indian folk instruments. With readings from letters and diaries written by injured Indian servicemen recuperating in Brighton, this promises to be a truly poignant and evocative concert.
Sat 28 May, 10.15pm – 11.45pm
After being immersed in the twilight years of Edwardian England, emerge into the vivid Indian sunlight. Bhattacharya will play a traditional raga concert, alongside virtuoso tabla player Gurdain Rayatt. Bhattacharya plays slide guitar, an instrument he has developed himself – a unique event from one of the great artists of world music.
Dr Blighty: Commemorations
Royal Pavilion Garden
Sun 29 May, 4pm
We bring the week to a close by laying a wreath at the Indian Gate; unveiling a Blue Plaque honouring Subedar Mir Dast (awarded the Victoria Cross at the Royal Pavilion by King George V); and arranging thousands of diya lamps to commemorate the soldiers’ stay in the city.
Please note – all events are free except the concerts at Brighton Dome