Building upon the ongoing success of the India Wales Writers Chain and looking ahead to Cardiff hosting WOMEX in 2013, Wales Arts International will be developing an exciting series of creative collaborations between musicians from India and Wales under the title I Adra.
Taking inspiration from the Hindi word ‘yaatra’ and the Welsh saying ‘I Adra’, the project will create journeys between India and Wales through music and poetry. Giving voice to the traditions of each nation, the musicians and poets will translate each other experiences and cultures, creating fresh contemporary perspectives.
We welcomed renowned Indian musician, Tauseef Ahktar, to Wales in September 2012 to start the first collaboration with Welsh musician and poet, Gwyneth Glyn. Fusing guitar and harmonium and the Urdu music tradition Ghazal, with its strictly metered poetic lyrics, and the ancient folk poetry of Wales’ Hen Benillion, Tauseef and Gwyneth brought to life a new shared voice and sound. As the collaboration continues, the pair plans to create original poetry inspired by the ancients verses of India and Wales and to draw on the sounds of Wales’ harp (with Georgia Ruth Williams), cwrth and pipes and India’s tabla and sitar. Next stop in the journey is Mumbai, where they will make studio recordings and give their first joint public performances and to Desert Festival Delhi and to IndiEarth Xchange Chennai .