The British Council, UK’s international organization has been working for the strengthening of cultural and educational opportunities between UK and India. To strengthen the ties, The British Council organized the Folk Nations Concerts at ICCR Kolkata recently. This troupe is a direct outcome of Folk Nations, which is a program initiated by The British Council. The main aim of this program was to highlight the folk culture of both the countries with special emphasis on music.
The three-city India tour of this group will witness performances by renowned musicians like Patsy Reid (Scotland), Hannah James (England), Georgia Ruth (Wales), Saurav Moni (India), Suhail Yusuf Khan (India) and James Mackintosh (Scotland).
Folk Nations is a British Council project that was devised to help in fostering of creative exchange and collaboration between the traditional artists of UK and India. Following a week-long residency in February 2013 by British Council and English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), this idea was initiated.
The six member group travelled to perform at various music festivals like Celtic Connections and London’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre. The troupe represents a delicate weaving of UK and Indian folk. This helps in showcasing the cultural as well as the musical heritage of these regions. The Indian audiences will witness the folk music collaborations among musicians from Scotland, England, Wales, Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. For these concerts the British Council partnered with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Arts and Culture.
Folk Nations Concerts will help in bringing the two countries closer on the cultural context and pave the way for better mutual understandings in future.