The Real ‘Umrao Jaan’

The Real ‘Umrao Jaan’: An Experimental Performance on Shame & Sexual Exploitation

My brief experimental performance for charity using several images of sex workers in the Indian sub-continent. Based on a Hindi song from the film Umrao Jaan (1981), this performance highlights issues of shame experienced by girls/women who are sold to brothels, and the discrimination that they face when attempting to re-integrate back into mainstream society. This was performed on 24.2.17 at Hope n Mic, Kazi Nazrul Centre, Brick Lane, London.

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Raga Therapy: An Experiential Workshop on Indian Classical Singing

Raga Therapy: An Experiential Workshop,  29 November 2017 5.30pm-7pm

What is Raga Therapy?

Raga Therapy is essentially the practice of using Indian Classical Music for enhancing physical and emotional wellbeing. Singing specific notes is believed to activate specific energy channels around the body which can have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing.

Who will be facilitating this Workshop?

Mehboob Nadeem is a British sitarist with international recognition as an artist of great repute. He teaches Indian classical singing at the School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and performs both as a sitarist and vocalist. Mr. Nadeem will be taking a lead for teaching the basics of Indian Classical singing and Dr. Sidrah Muntaha, Clinical Psychologist will facilitate the overall workshop including discussions around mental health and the emotional impact of specific music.

What will be covered in the Workshop?

This will be an experiential workshop so although Sidrah will provide a background to the therapeutic benefits of music and singing, the focus will be for participants to experience this for themselves. The following areas will be covered:

1. Breathing techniques (linked with behavioural relaxation exercises)

2. Vocal warm up exercises using Indian notes.

3. Learning a specific Raga (set of notes) which is believed to reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.

4. Learning to sing a semi-classical song (depending on progress).

5. Discussion about how Indian Raga can be applied to every day life to promote wellbeing and help with stress management.

Who can take part in this Workshop?

This workshop is open only to NELFT NHS staff with an interest in alternative healing and music/arts. Prior singing experience is not a requirement although any musical background would be an advantage.

Who do I contact for further information?

For further information, please contact Sidrah.Muntaha@nelft.nhs.uk/ 07949 268 017 or to book your place, please see Ticket Bookings.