'Indian Strings & Dances' Exhibition

Logo of the 'Indian Strings & Dances' Exhibition at Croydon Clocktower, 10 April - 1 August 2009. A collaborative exhibition and season of events from the London Sitar Ensemble, the Museum of Croydon and Sutton Subrang

Saturday 11 April - Saturday 1 August 2009
The Clocktower is closed on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April)
Croydon Clocktower

Indian music and dance is one of the finest traditions in the world. This exhibition traces the story of these art forms, tracking the evolutionary changes, transformations and contributions of musicians and dancers.

Showcasing objects and instruments from local community groups and from the Horniman Museum, this colourful and vibrant exhibition looks at the significant influence of musicians and dancers from South Asia, in Britain.

Come and discover a variety of musical instruments, relating to different forms of Indian dance in Croydon Now (part of the Museum of Croydon). You can also watch oral history interviews and video performances with key figures in the Indian music and dance movement in Britain. Space C displays a stunning variety of Indian dance costumes, depicting all the classical styles of Indian dance. There will also be two photo exhibitions showing the origins and uses of the instruments and objects in their native India.

Accompanying the exhibition is a programme of events including family workshops, lectures and performances, exploring and celebrating Indian music and dance in Britain. Please visit the 'Indian Strings & Dances' Events Programme page for the latest details of all events.

Logo of the Heritage Lottery Fund: Lottery FundedThis exhibition is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘String and Dance Festival’, which is being run by the London Sitar Ensemble in association with the Museum of Croydon and Sutton Subrang.


Logo of the London Sitar EnsembleThe project is co-ordinated by Lata Desai of London Sitar Ensemble. The exhibition has been curated by Rolf Killius and Museum of Croydon staff.


We are grateful to the Horniman Museum, SALIDAA and individual donors for the loan of objects on display in this exhibition.