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Singer Jahnavi Harrison explores the power of the breath. Sounds of Silence explores the impact of lockdown on musicians across the UK. Presented by Soumik Datta.

How can we harness the power of the breath with mantra meditation? Singer Jahnavi Harrison reveals the divine origins of sound in kirtan music. But how will a musical genre built upon collective gatherings survive after the global crisis of 2020? Jahnavi reveals how kirtan is slowly adapting during the lockdown pause to embrace modern technology.

Composer and presenter Soumik Datta captures the thoughts of instrumentalists and singers across the UK, to discover their sounds of silence during the global crisis.

In the fifth and final episode of Sounds of Silence, from a field in Hertfordshire we discover the mystical powers of combining music, silence and the breath.

Presenter and Producer: Soumik Datta
Executive Producer: Clare Freeman
Sound Mixed by: Camilo Tirado
A Soumik Datta Arts production for BBC Radio 3

Commissioned for Culture in Quarantine and supported by The Space Arts, BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

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Fri 21 Aug 2020 22:30

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