In the next weeks, we have some programmes focussing on India. In the Sunday Feature, Jatinder Verma examines growing tension between religious life and modern society, concentrating on the place of the ascetic. Following that, we turn to another side of India, as Ibsen's ground-breaking play, A Doll's House, is transposed to Calcutta by Tanika Gupta. Nora, an Indian woman married a colonial administrator, risks her reputation to save her husband, and in the process discovers herself. Finally on Sunday, World Routes
takes us to the Darbar Festival of Indian classical music with Lopa Kothari.
Performed closer to home at the Purcell Room, the programme of North Indian music features ragas on the bamboo flute and the surbahar, or bass sitar. There is a second instalment of music from the Darbar Festival next weekend, and on the evening of Sunday 14th Jatinder Verma will be examining India's relationship with Kashmir, following the eruption of violence in the region in 1989.