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Sunil Khilnani

Michael Berkeley's guest is Indian historian Professor Sunil Khilnani. His choices include works by Mozart, Berg and Beethoven, plus music from India and Africa.

Professor Sunil Khilnani is the Director of the India Institute at King's College London and the presenter of Radio 4's epic history of India: 'Incarnations: India in 50 Lives.' His books include an accompaniment to the series and the acclaimed The Idea of India.

He talks to Michael Berkeley about his musical passions, which reflect a life lived all over the world, and chooses music by Mozart, Berg and Beethoven, as well as a ghazal from 13th century India; a piece of southern Indian classical music played on the saxophone; and a joyful piece of African music from his childhood.

Running through his music are the ideas of compression and the perfection of the miniature - themes that emerge time and time again in the cultural history of India in the lives of poets, musicians and miniature painters.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3.

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34 minutes

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Sun 20 Mar 2016 12:00

Music Played

  • Amir Khusrau

    Zihale Miskin

    Performer: Chaya Ganguli.
  • Alban Berg

    4 Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Oleg Maisenberg.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Diabelli Variations Op.120 (Variation no.24)

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
  • Helmut Lachenmann

    Act 2: Abendsegen (Das Madchen mit den Schwefelholzern)

    Orchestra: Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Faccia che al campo giunga... Soave si il vento (Cosi fan Tutte)

    Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs. Singer: Véronique Gens. Singer: Bernarda Fink. Singer: Pietro Spagnoli.
  • Traditional Indian

    Mokshamu galada

    Performer: Kadri Gopalnath.
  • Dino Vangu

    Femmes africaines

    Singer: Sam Mangwana.

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