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Thursday, September 5, 2013


(Dr L Subramaniam who will perform in the Playhouse Drama on September 5)

The Shared History Festival returns to South Africa with a range of cultural showcases in Johannesburg and Durban. There are two events taking place in Durban: sublime violinist Dr L Subramaniam in Concert in the Playhouse Drama tonight (September 5) at 19h30 and the multi-faith Sufi Gospel Project in the Supernova at Suncoast on September 7 at 19h30.

Now in its seventh year in South Africa and proudly presented by Teamwork Arts and the High Commission of India, Shared History – The Indian Experience in South Africa 2013 is a showcase of contemporary and classical music, theatre and dance that offers a tantalising taste of the magnificence of India which provides an avenue for cultural and ideological exchange between India and South Africa. 

Showcasing the finest that Indian culture has to offer, the Durban leg of the festival will feature Dr L Subramaniam and Voices of Faith – Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project.

Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor trained in the Carnatic and Western music tradition. He is renowned for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion. He is also credited with several solo albums and performing with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, John Handy, George Harrison and several others.

Voices of Faith with lead vocalist Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project capture an original and new genre of music that combines the many voices of faith - Sufi, Gospel and Bhakti - interspersed with poetry, rhythm and recitation. Their music blends together the many voices of language, religion and music to create one voice - the voice of faith. The Sufi Gospel Project, brainchild of Kalra, is labelled ‘project’ because its music is ever-evolving.

Ankur Bhardwaj, Director, International Festivals of Teamwork Arts says, “Now in its seventh year in South Africa, Shared History, a unique platform for the arts is presented in a spirit of collaboration between South African companies and those from India and is a celebration of ideas and content that transcend language, social barriers and the different art forms.”

Bookings at Computicket 0861 915 8000/ For further information visit the Shared History website – or

The 2013 Shared History Festival extend thanks to City of Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, City of Durban, ICCR and Incredible India; the main sponsors: New National Assurance, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and FOTON; the associate sponsors Sanlam, Bank of Baroda and State Bank of India and media partners Rising Sun, Eastern Mosaic, SABC 2, Hindvani radio; venue sponsors Avalon Group and CineCentre and the Festival’s official printer Shereno Printers cc.