During a march past of Indian troops, a woman pins flowers on to the tunic of one of the soldiers.
More than one million men travelled from India to fight in the First World War, and those who were injured on the battlefield were brought to recuperate in Brighton. The experiences of these wounded Indian soldiers has been largely lost to history – until this summer’s Brighton Festival, when award-winning arts company Nutkhut will be bringing their stories back to life in Dr Blighty.
The focus of this unique multimedia commission is an immersive installation in the gardens of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, which was used as a hospital for Indian servicemen wounded on the Western Front. Dr Blighty will also encompass a spectacular after-dark production featuring video projections on the Royal Pavilion, a series of performances and a special concert at the Brighton Dome, pairing the Philharmonia Orchestra with some of India’s leading contemporary musicians. Dr Blighty takes place from 24 to 29 May 2016 – click here for details.