BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala: Shiraz With Anoushka Shankar

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Sitar master Anoushka Shankar celebrates the majesty of the Taj Mahal with the world premiere of her score to Shiraz alongside a screening of the film.Shiraz tells the story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal. It’s a tale of love and undying devotion, following Shiraz, the designer of the Taj Mahal, and his childhood sweetheart, the princess who became the Empress Mumtaz Mahal - to whom the mausoleum was dedicated. It’s a film as remarkable and ornate as the structure itself – and Shankar’s score promises to be just as impressive, as she echoes the magnificence of the Taj Mahal with stunning virtuosity. Tonight sees the world premiere of both the score and of the BFI National Archive’s restoration of the film, specially commissioned in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of India and Pakistan in 1947 as part of BFI’s India on Film programme and The UK India Year of Culture.

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