EVENTS: Tributes to Alla Rakha in London


The celebrated exponent of tabla, Ustad Alla Rakha is remembered by cultural organisations in UK on his birth anniversary with tabla recitals and talks

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

  • Mindchakra Bookshop presents Vedic Mathematics: An Introductory Course by James Glover in five sessions, commencing on April 23. Author and teacher, James Glover, will be conducting this course for beginners at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Saturdays at 3 PM. Vedic Mathematics provides incredibly fast and easy methods for working with numbers and problem-solving. It originates from Shankaracarya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha who gave sixteen short rules for solving all sorts of maths problems in lightening quick time. Each session will involve practice and help.
  • Jailal Academy of music and dance presents a beautiful evening of music featuring Partho Sarothy and Radha Mehta with accompanying musicians Pt. Rajkumar Misra and his student Dhanraj Persaud on Tabla and Zaheer Abbas on Harmonium. Radha and Zaheer are disciples of Smt. Chandrima Misra. The event will be held at Bhavans on April 24 at 6 PM.
  • Allarakha Foundation and The Bhavan celebrates the birth anniversary of tabla legend Ustad AllaRakha, with a classical musical programme on Friday April 29 at 7 PM. The event will be graced by Fazal Qureshi (son of Ustad AllaRakha), who will pay homage to Ustad AllaRakha with his tabla Solo. Gaurav Mazumdar, disciple of Bharat Ratna, Pandit Ravi Shankar will be on Sitar, while Shahbaz Khan, disciple of Ustad AllaRakha will be on table and Surjeet Singh disciple of Pandit Ram Narayum will be on sarangi.

Events at Nehru Centre

  • Fazal Qureshi, son of Ustad AllaRakha and younger brother of Maestro Zakir Hussain will talk with Sathi Ludhianvi, a well- known poet and author of many books on Indian Dance and Music, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Ustad Alla Rakha on April 27, at 6.30 PM. A short film on Ustad Alla Rakha will be shown followed by a short musical Shradhanjali by local artists Kiranpal Singh (Santoor) and Manjeet Rasiya (Tabla).
  • Manju Lodha will release her new title Paramvir at an event at Nehru Centre, London
    Manju Lodha will release her new title Paramvir at an event at Nehru Centre, London

    A book launch and poetry recital `Paramvir – A War Diary’ by Manju Lodha will be held on April 28 at 6.30 PM. The book is about recipients of the Paramvir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. The majority of the recipients, fourteen out of twenty one, were awarded posthumously. Mrs. Manju Lodha is a writer from India and is the Chairperson of the NGO ‘Lodha Foundation’ that works in the fields of education, culture, literature, sports and water resources for social development.


  • The legendary Malayalam comedy writer/director duo of Siddique and Lal reunited after a 22 year hiatus to present King Liar, about a compulsive liar for the formidable comic talents of actor Dileep, which opens in cinemas across UK this weekend. The female lead is actress and singer Madonna Sebastian, making her second appearance in a Malayalam film after the 2015 critical and commercial success Premam.
  • Double Di Trouble director Smeep Kang teams up with Munde U.K. Di star Jimmy Shergill for this rib-tickling slapstick comedy about two escaped prisoners trying to break back into jail in this Punjabi comedy `Vaisakhi List.’ The movie which is being released on April 22 marks TV star and comedian Sunil Grover’s Punjabi movie debut. The leading lady is Shruti Sodhi, whose credits include Mr & Mrs 420.
  • Jungle BookRudyard Kipling’s beloved novel `The Jungle Book’ set in the jungles of India, and adapted by Disney into their classic 1967 animation, now gets a makeover when the Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau gives Kipling’s tale a new face. Mixing live-action performance with cutting-edge CGI, The Jungle Book, promises to be a visually spectacular and exciting family adventure, one featuring an all-star voice cast that also includes Scarlett Johansson as snake Kaa and Christopher Walken as orangutan leader King Louie. The movie is running successfully for a second week in cinemas across UK.
  • Shah Rukh Khan has dual roles in this edge-of-seat thriller about the besotted fan of a movie star in Fan, the first Shah Rukh Khan movie to be released in 2016. Shah Rukh Khan’s eagerly anticipated return to the thriller genre is a gripping, psychologically complex stalker drama. It’s also the first Bollywood film ever to include a scene shot at Madame Tussauds. The movie runs for a second week in Cinemas across UK.
  • Tamil star Vijay pulls off three stylish avatars in Atlee’s emotional action movie, Theri, which is running successfully for the third week. Renowned for his recent multiple roles in the likes of Kaththi and Puli, Vijay is set to delight his legions of fans with three separate characters in Theri. One role casts him as an ideal, doting father. In another, he plays a police officer. This is director Atlee’s follow-up to his award-winning 2013 debut feature, Raja Rani.
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity - A film based on Ramanujan's life
    The Man Who Knew Infinity – A film based on Ramanujan’s life

    Dev Patel leads an all-star cast in the amazing true story of brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, in `The Man who knew Infinity,’ which was released two weeks ago. Born in Madras to poor, devoutly religious parents, Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a self-taught mathematics genius. His obsession brings ridicule and rejection from his peers, but the 25-year-old’s life changes in 1913 when he writes to eminent Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Dev Patel gets his best role since Slumdog Millionaire as the extraordinary prodigy, while Jeremy Irons is on superb form as his mentor. The outstanding supporting cast includes Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Jeremy Northam.