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Milap Festival Trust

Milapfest is the UK's leading Indian Arts Development Trust, working to create and develop high quality performance programmes which showcase the rich diversity of Indian culture and performing arts. Complementing the performance programme is an extensive education and professional development programme for artists and students of Indian arts, including two national orchestras, Samyo and Tarang and the Arts School.

Significant strands of activity are Milapfest's 'Music for the Mind and Soul' concert series in Manchester, Liverpool and London, and its international summer schools, Dance India and Music India, which attract large numbers of students from Europe and beyond.

Now in its 28th year, Milapfest is working both nationally and internationally to promote excellence in the sector and to forge a new and innovative approach for future engagement with the arts.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £290,000
  • 2013-2014: £296,670
  • 2014-2015: £315,000

Video feed

Milapfest's 'Swadesh' - In conversation with the dancers

In this informal chat the dancers of Swadesh discuss their thoughts and feelings on what their motherland India means to them. Mythili Prakash, Arushi Mudgal and Monisa Nayak are interviewed by Akhila Ramnarayan. Swadesh is a new international dance production exploring the spirituality, culture and arts of India. The production is commissioned by Milapfest, the UK's Indian arts development Trust.

Sunshine by Samyo

Composed and Arranged by Girishh Gopalakrishnan / Conducted by Girishh Gopalakrishnan Girishh choral composition brings out the child in you with its innocent flourishes. It sings the delightful perspective of a kid waking up to the 'Golden Sunshine' for the very first time. Fusing eclectic use of percussion with just the Tabla, Ghatam (Clay Pot) and the morsing it seamlessly moves from Indian folk to a very celtic fiddle tune. The piece is distinctly as the phrases are crafted with an interesting and striking balance between classicism and simplicity. More information please check our website : www.milapfest.com

Nritya Ratna Winner Apoorva Jayaraman performs at Indika for Nirtya Ratna 2013

Milapfest presents the first 'Young Dancer of the Year' award for Indian classical dance. The competition recognises and applauds the talented youth who have dedicated themselves to the practice, preservation and promotion of Indian classical dance in the UK and beyond. In the final competition performance, six contestants perform before a distinguished panel of judges. The winner of the award was announced at the end of the evening. The Yuva Sangeet Ratna and Yuva Nritya Ratna awards were developed by Milapfest to recognise and inspire exceptional young talent in the UK. Awarded through an open competitive process, winners earn the title; Nritya Ratna, and Sangeet Ratna, respectively for dance and music, prize money to be spent on further training and career development, a trophy and performance opportunities at mainstream UK venues. The Yuva Ratna Awards are managed and awarded by Milapfest with support of Arts Council England. For more information please visit the website www.milapfest.com

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Sangeet Ratna Winner Angira Kotal performs at Indika for Sangeet Ratna 2013

Milapfest presents the first 'Young Musician of the Year' award for Indian classical music. The competition recognises and applauds the talented youth who have dedicated themselves to the practice, preservation and promotion of Indian classical music in the UK and beyond. In the final competition performance, six contestants perform before a distinguished panel of judges. The winner of the award was announced at the end of the evening. The Yuva Sangeet Ratna and Yuva Nritya Ratna awards were developed by Milapfest to recognise and inspire exceptional young talent in the UK. Awarded through an open competitive process, winners earn the title; Nritya Ratna, and Sangeet Ratna, respectively for dance and music, prize money to be spent on further training and career development, a trophy and performance opportunities at mainstream UK venues. The Yuva Ratna Awards are managed and awarded by Milapfest with support of Arts Council England. For more information please visit the website www.milapfest.com

Priyadarsini Govind at Dance India 2010

Priyadarsini Govind speaks about her experience of Dance India after the 2010 school. Dance India is an international summer school for Indian dance now held in Liverpool annually. For more information please visit www.milapfest.com/dance-india

Devi by Priyadarsini Govind

Live Performance at Indika festival- 2013, Liverpool - UK Priyadarsini Govind is among the very best Bharatanatyam dancers of India. Her mesmerising performances take audiences on a journey of emotion experienced through a range of amazing dance works. Priyadarsini is known for her brilliant form and grace, and is widely admired for her unique ability to tell stories through her expertise in Abhinaya - the ability to communicate words, thoughts, ideas and emotions through facial expression. For upcoming events news please visit www.milapfest.com

Samyo: A short film

This short film about Samyo was made as part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations in 2013.

Samyo Too - Capstone Theatre Trailer 2013

This concert trailer was recorded and edited by Samyo members, led by Orchestra Leader, Raam Jeganathan. Samyo Too perform at The Capstone Theatre on Saturday 26th October 2013 at 1pm. Free admission. www.milapfest.com/whats-on

Astapadi by Anjana Anand at Indika Festival

Anjana Anand represents the next generation of talented Bharatanatyam dancers. A graduate of the legendary Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai, she is a talented performer and choreographer, with recent works being presented in Singapore and Sri Lanka. Her poise and grace are only matched by her energy, making her an engaging and inspirational dancer to watch.

Nisha Rajagopal at Indika Festival

Nisha Rajagopal is an emerging Carnatic vocalist. Originally from Canada, she moved to India to pursue her dream of becoming a musician, and she is now widely regarded as one of the finest Carnatic vocalists of her generation. She performs a selection of beautiful classical ragas accompanied by violin and mridangam.

Journey of a New Member - Raam's Story

The members of Samyo are some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. They come to Samyo from diverse cultural backgrounds and each story is unique. In this series of short films, we follow some of the members on their personal journey in Samyo -- from the audition process, through to leadership. In this film we follow Raam's journey as he joins the orchestra. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Leadership - Tharani's Story

This short film series follows the members of Samyo on their musical journey. In this film, we follow Orchestra Leader, Tharani, as she describes her experience of taking the reigns, and the challenge of balancing leadership with friendship. The members of Samyo are some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. They come to Samyo from diverse cultural backgrounds and each story is unique. In this series of short films, we follow some of the members on their personal journey in Samyo -- from the audition process, through to leadership. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Professional Ambition - Sanjay and Saju's Story

In this film we follow brothers, Sanjay and Saju, as they contemplate their future in music. Inspired by their idols Ganesh & Kumaresh, another brother duo who are known for their ability to instinctively follow and complement each other, these two have great hopes for a shared career as musicians! The members of Samyo are some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. They come to Samyo from diverse cultural backgrounds and each story is unique. In this series of short films, we follow some of the members on their personal journey in Samyo -- from the audition process, through to leadership. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Inspiration by Maestros - Jessica's Story

The members of Samyo are some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. They come to Samyo from diverse cultural backgrounds and each story is unique. In this series of short films, we follow some of the members on their personal journey in Samyo -- from the audition process, through to leadership. In this film we follow Jessica's story as she learns from one of her musical heroes, Rakesh Chaurasia, at Music India in 2012. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Homage - Pandit Ranajit Sengupta's Story

In the film, Pandit Ranajit Sengupta tells the story of a composition from its inception through to performance. This peice was composed for Samyo's ten year anniversary. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Singing in Samyo - Abhi's Story

In this short film we follow Samyo vocalist, Abhi, as she describes the challenges and advantages of singing in Samyo. From challenging your vocal range, to learning a whole new style of singing -- this is life as a Samyo vocalist! The members of Samyo are some of the most talented young musicians in the UK. They come to Samyo from diverse cultural backgrounds and each story is unique. In this series of short films, we follow some of the members on their personal journey in Samyo -- from the audition process, through to leadership. Samyo is the National Indian Music Youth Orchestra. It is a unique phenomenon, as it is the only youth orchestra to combine both north and south Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements, and to showcase brand new compositions, written by some of the world's finest musicians such as Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Samyo is the first of its kind in the world of Indian music, presenting a new genre of orchestral Indian music that is both classical and contemporary. www.milapfest.com/samyo

Carnatic Chills

Shri Lalgudi GJR Krishan and Anil Srinivasan and create a new sound in Carnatic music fusing the piano, violin and kanjira (similar to the Tambourine). Lalgudi GJR Krishan violin Anil Srinivasan piano BS Purushotham kanjira Carnatic Chills was part of Milapfest's 'Colours of India' season.

Samyo10 Concert Trailer

Concert trailer for our special anniversary concert, SAMYO10. Tracing the decade-long journey of SAMYO, The National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, the concert explores the orchestra's roots in traditional raga music, through to their more contemporary repertoire featuring bold themes and experimental cross-genre collaborations. The programme features a special guest appearance by the National Youth Jazz Collective, and a brand new arrangement of a Western Classical piece, along with a selection of works by some of India's most famous contemporary composers -- all of which have been especially composed and arranged for the orchestra.

Rama Vaidyanathan - Akhilam Maduram

Milapfest invited Rama Vaidyanathan, one the most accomplished Bharatanatyam artistes from India, on a naional tour. Acknowledged widely for her creative choreography and fresh approach to the ancient art of this beautiful classical dance form. The above video is a short piece of her acclaimed new choregraphic work "Akhilam Madhuram".

Dance India Summer School

This documentary charts the journey of students and teachers at Milapfest's annual retreat for students of Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak.

Rakesh Chaurasia - The Romance of the Bansuri

The Romance of the Bansuri was part of the 'Colours of India' season event in Milapfest's 25th Anniversary Celebrations at The Capstone Theater, Liverpool. (www.milapfest.com). Rakesh Chaurasia is child prodigy and the nephew of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. The most accomplished disciples of his uncle, he shows all the promises to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new fantastic heights. Rakesh is well known for his ability to play the Bamboo Flute with an incredible amount of strength and serenity, creating a sound which is beautiful, exhilarating and soothing. Rakesh is accompanied by two much- loved and highly regarded maestros, Bhavani Shankar on Pakhawaj and Vijay Ghate on Tabla.

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