The V&A museum's India Festival will display indian musical instruments, indian fabrics, photography and jewellery this autumn

V&A India Festival: London's iconic Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates Indian arts and music this Autumn

Archana Venkatraman

This Autumn, London's most iconic art and culture house Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington is hosting the India Festival – a celebration of the rich and varied culture of South Asia particularly India. UK Indian music lovers find this as an opportunity to introduce the new generation of UK Indian children to the musical heritage of India and highlight the diversities in music found in different parts of India.

V&A India Festival - Wonders of Music Exhibition - Autumn 2015
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V&A India Festival is on between September (starting September 16 2015) through to 2016 and will include a series of exhibitions, arts display, digital campaigns highlighting the artistic and cultural talent from Asia.

The Indian-themed festival this month also marks the 25th anniversary of V&A museum's Nehru Gallery which displays objects and artefacts from the London museum's prestigious South Asian collection from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Linnaeus Tripe Phtography Exhibition - Sculptures from Madras Museum
Image courtesy: V&A Twitter

Most notable events lined up for V&A India Festival Autumn include:

Display: Musical Wonders of India

Running from 16 September 2015 through to 31 October 2016, room number 41 at V&A will display a selection of Indian musical instruments such as Bin Sitar (a hybrid musical instrument popular from the Pune region of Maharashtra); Punjab region's Taus (peacock) instrument; folk instruments Sarinda and Bow as well as Tabla and Tambura (or Tanpura). In addition to the display of the 19th century musical instruments, other iconic Indian musical instruments such as sarod, sarangi, surbahar, swaramandal, saraswati veena will be displayed online.

Fabric of India

Another exhibition within the Indian Festival includes the display of the fabrics of India from October 3rd 2015 through to January 2016 showcasing V&A's collection of handmade textiles from India, some of which will be displayed for the first time. "The Fabric of India will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day," according to V&A. visitors will be able to explore the rich silk fabrics, the oriental cotton, the religion-inspired designs, the colourful and vivid patterns, the hand-made intricate weaves and even the use of sacred cloth.

Bejewelled Treasure – the Al Thani Collection

Another highlight of the India Festival starting autumn includes the display fo the traditional and modern Indian jewellery collection. Among the highlights are the display of Mughal jades, a rare jewelled gold finial from Tipu Sultan's throne, and the ornaments from the early 20th century giving a rare glimpse into the dramatic changes in Indian jewellery design in the 20th century. The Indian jewellery exhibition will run between November 2015 and March 2016.

In addition, the London museum is also displaying pioneering British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe's India and Burma photography collection taken in the 1850s. Currently on, the photographer's work will be displayed until October 11, 2015.

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