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A breathtaking outdoor carnival, Din Shuru – literally meaning “daybreak” – has toured far and wide with its historical tale of sugarcane workers and their migratory journey from India to Trindidad. It was witnessed by audiences everywhere from Leicester to the city of Kolkata (also known as Calcutta). The Kolkata show was performed by invitation of the British Deputy High Commission and created with the help of eight local schools who helped in the preparation of four hundred costumes. It saw around a thousand people – including local musicians, artists, students and teachers – perform to an audience numbering half a million, and its legacy included the foundation of a Kolkata Carnival Trust, currently working to set up an annual Kolkata Carnival.
Din Shuru was created in West Bengal, Isle of Wight, Leicester, London and Canterbury.
Artistic Director/Designer – Ali Pretty
Choreography – Tanusree Shankar and Chix Chandria
Producer Kolkata – Paul Walsh
Soundtrack – Korak Ghosh
Performance (Individuals) – Mary-Anne Roberts
Narrative for Canterbury Festival – Vaiyu Nadu
Lighting – John Varah
Design Team Kinetika – Carl Gabriel, Ashis Kumar Bagchi, Aditya Malakar, Murphy Winters, Dawn Campbell, Lucille Tuitt, Carlton Garcia, Iola Weir, Ray Mahabir, Nicola Griffiths, Strange Cargo.
Individual Costumes – Making of Mas Students; Pete Blackburn, Lynne Bauldry, Helen Davenport, Maschona Elschescu, Sallie Kneebone, John Langley, Chris Laurence, Haley Pummell, Jennie Rawles, Julie Sajous, Margaret Tallon, Matt Woods
Participants – West Norwood Girls School, Shanklin, Sandown and Yarmouth Carnival Associations, IOW, Leicester Belgrave Mela and The Peepul Centre, The Ananda Shankar Centre of Performing Arts, Kolkata, Strange Cargo
Live music – London Tassa Boys
Project Management Kinetika – Chantal Bougnas, Sofie Akbar, Art Hewitt, Mr. Singh, Emily Prowse, Daniel Bernstein, Kalyan Banerjee, Babu Singh
Marketing – Photini Papahatzi
Documentation – Kalyan Banerjee, Marcella Haddad, Photini Papahatzi, Partha Moitra, Pax Nindi