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William Morris Gallery: late event celebrates Indian culture and craftsmanship

William Morris's fascination with Indian textiles is the inspiration for the William Morris Gallery’s next late event on Thursday 2 February.

WMG Late: India will bring Indian music, dance and craft to the council-run Gallery in Walthamstow.

The night will feature an exclusive Kathak dance performance by Parbati Chaudhuri, accompanied by internationally renowned tabla player Amritpal Singh Rasiya. Meanwhile, the Gallery’s Tea Room will be filled with the sounds of Bollywood classics courtesy of DJ Olaf S East.

Visitors can also try their hand at craft activities inspired by Indian design traditions and sample Indian snacks and drinks.

WMG Late: India is curated in partnership with local arts organisation Beatroots, a social enterprise that works with communities to deliver high quality music programmes - providing a platform for local artists, bringing communities together and enhancing individual wellbeing. Its projects include The Stow Festival, curation of the News from Nowhere stage at Walthamstow Garden Party and Punk Waltham Forest.

Notes to editors

WMG Late: India

Thursday 2 February, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

Free entry. No need to book.

Kathak performances 7.30pm and 9pm.

For further information about the exhibition please contact Ian Mason, Press Officer, Waltham Forest Council:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


High resolution images are available upon request.

WMG Late artist biographies

Parbati Chaudhury

Parbati Chaudhury is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher.

Her training in Kathak began in 1998 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, with Sushmita Ghosh and Abhay Shankar Mishra, and continues independently under the tutelage of Urja Desai Thakore.

As a performer, Parbati regularly features in Pagrav Dance Company, Akademi (Navodit & Bells Revisited) and Kadam-Pulse (The Rose and the Bulbul & My Soul is Alight) productions. As a teacher, she leads Kathak classes at Siobhan Davies Dance, for Pagrav Dance Company, and Srishti.

In 2015, Parbati won two national youth dance awards: Akademi’s Kathak Solo Category of Yuva; and Milapfest’s Yuva Nritya Ratna Award, which she is using to look into unfamiliar performing arts disciplines such as kalaripayattu and musical theatre, thereby exploring fresh avenues of presentation, interpretation and alternative movement dynamics.

Aside from her dance practice, Parbati works at Pulse magazine to support the creation of a more integrated, informed and innovative South Asian arts community. She also takes on freelance projects in arts administration, promotion and education, and worked as a Project Assistant for the international South Asian dance conference Navadisha 2016.

Amritpal Singh Rasiya

Amritpal Singh Rasiya is a young, vibrant musician whose recognition is growing fast to be one of the leading Tabla players in the UK. Initiated into Tabla by his father, the renowned classical Kirtani, Bhai Gurdiyal Singh Rasiya, he went on to receive further training from the late Ustad Gurmit Singh Virdee.  Amritpal is now a senior disciple of one of the world’s finest Tabla players, Pandit Yogesh Samsi.

Amritpal has a diverse array of skills, known for his in depth understanding of complex rhythms as well having the ability to grasp spontaneous musical patterns on the spot – his experience ranges from performing Tabla solo as well as dance (Kathak, contemporary), Indian Classical Instrumental and Vocal styles. Able to perform with many genres of music, he has accompanied the likes of Indian Classical, Western Classical, Jazz and Fusion as well as Meditative music.

Amritpal has been actively performing in many prestigious events, namely guest artist at the BBC Dance Proms at Royal Albert Hall, television appearance as guest artist on BBC Young Dancer 2015 and recently led a four Tabla player ensemble concert at the prestigious Darbar Festival.

Keen to share his knowledge, Amritpal is also actively involved in teaching and performing lecture demonstrations throughout UK and Europe as well as running regular Tabla/Rhythm classes and workshops. Amritpal has been an active tutor of Tabla/Rhythm with Indian Classical Dance at the University of Surrey and is a sound therapist.

Olaf S East

Music obsessive and vinyl collector Olaf spent much of his teen years foraging for tunes around Walthamstow’s antique arcade.

Much to the annoyance of his friends and family (but delight of music-loving party goers), the obsession went from strength-to-strength. Always on the look-out for a classic, few London streets, shops and markets escaped Olaf’s quest for a good tune.

Now, after 20 years, from the House-fuelled warm up spots across Soho to today’s more intimate East End hangouts, Olaf’s sets cover all corners and include everything from 60s soul, funk and Bollywood to Krautrock and psych.

The William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that attracted widespread public and press acclaim.

Since its relaunch the Gallery has developed an ambitious contemporary programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith and Clare Twomey.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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