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Liverpool Hope to house new Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts

Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts used on website for launch Thursday 25 September 2014

Liverpool Hope is to house more than 6000 hours of live Indian music recordings and a 30-year-old digital archive of rarely seen music and dance performances at the newly-created Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts.

Created with the support of the Liverpool City Council, the Institute brings together the worlds of performance, artist development, education and research, with an extensive archive of music and dance recordings, creating a resource unique in the UK. The archive has been built through a series of donations from a group of philanthropists in India, as well as Milapfest’s large archive of live and studio music and dance recordings.

Based at the University's Creative Campus, the physical part of the Institute features a library of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines, as well as the digital archive. It includes audio files from approximately 10,000 gramophone records, digital videos of live dance programmes of Bharatanatyam and other classical dance forms of India, an extensive CD library of Hindustani and Carnatic music and a library of music and dance related magazines and books.

The Institute will be inaugurated on October 1st by Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University. He said: "Being able to house such an extensive resource at our university is a privilege. The Milapfest Institute for Indian Arts is a unique and inspiring resource for students of dance and performance, cultural and social history, and a number of other disciplines. We are sure that it will attract researchers and practitioners from around the world. Alongside our excellent department of western classical music, composition and performance, it will also offer our students the possibility to study another profound and much older classical tradition.”

A major part of the Institute is the Tag Indian Digital Archive. Donated to Milapfest by Tag Corporation’s Managing Director, Mr R T Chari, this is the first Tag archive to be established outside of South Asia, where eleven similar archives operate in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Mr R T Chari said: “I congratulate Milapfest and Liverpool Hope University for hosting this archive, which I am sure, will strengthen cultural bonds between the UK and India.”

Mr Vikram Sampath, Executive Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Bangalore has donated audio files taken from approximately 10,000 gramophone records.

The digital archive is accessible on seven touch screen computers, which are located, along with all physical resources, in the Reading Room of The Cornerstone Building at Hope University’s Creative Campus.   

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