The music you can hear on the home page of this website is part of a series of specially recorded ragas.

Ragas are a feature of Indian classical music; they are improvisational frameworks within which a musician can extemporise around a specific set of notes, melodic structures and motifs.

In the Indian classical tradition, ragas are intended to have an emotional effect on an audience, and are believed to be able to “colour the mind.” Indeed the Sanskrit origin of the word has connotations of colouring, meaning “to dye.”

The ragas on this site are performed by BSDC’s composer in residence Jesse Bannister.

Reflecting the fact that ragas often have symbolic associations with the seasons or with time, Jesse has selected and played our ragas with particular times of day in mind. The site features six ragas, with each one having a four-hour timeslot within the 24-hour period.

When you visit our website, the raga which is playing reflects the current time in England, where Balbir Singh Dance Company is based.


Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art