Continuing Traditions

Indian Classical Music Meets Irish Traditional Music

Sun 10 July / Pálás 3 / 16:15

2022 / India & Ireland / 80 min / Documentary

In 1981, members of the renowned Ustad Imrat Khan Indian classical music family travelled to the West Cork village of Cúil Aodha. They were invited to perform at the 10th-anniversary commemorations of Irish composer Seán Ó Riada. Now, 40 years later, Ustad Wajahat Khan and Peadar Ó Riada have come together to continue the conversation through a creative collaborative exploration of what their respective traditions share and what makes them so radically different.
“An interesting study in fusion – of music & culture, of composition and performance, and of artist and audience.” — WF

Compiled from over 40 hours of footage, filmed over a two-year period, Continuing Traditions intimately captures the creative process, charting the birth and evolution of two new compositions, from their initial conception right through to their first public performance at the Galway Arts Festival.

Followed by Q&A with director Dónal Ó’Céilleachair and musician Ustad Wajahat Khan.

Director: Dónal Ó’Céilleachair

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