Manasamitra present Synaesthesia

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 7 - 8.30pm, Tickets £6 / £4.50 Members / Children under 14 free

Manasamitra present Synaesthesia

Synaesthesia is a new production exploring the sensory interplay of language, colour and music, commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield and inspired by our current exhibition Howard Hodgkin: Painting India.

Combining contemporary and traditional musical influences and spoken word, Synaesthesia has been developed by Supriya Nagarajan (pictured) who will be performing alongside artists James Cave, Duncan Chapman (pictured) and Joost Hendrix. The event is formed by two parts, each taking place in a different gallery within the Hodgkin exhibition.

Following the performance there will be an informal opportunity for the artists to talk about their collaboration and answer questions.

This event is part of Wakefield LitFest

Tickets cost £6 / Members £4.50 / Children under 14 Free

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About the Artists

Supriya Nagarajan

Supriya Nagarajan is one of the most sort-after Indian music composer/vocalists in the UK and has performed around the world in India, Thailand, Cambodia and cities across Scandinavia, Europe and the UK.

She enjoys setting her work outside of typical performance spaces and has been commissioned to create music in response to works by artists Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and other sculptors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She also worked closely with the Cultural Olympiad project Stanza Stones, which explored the Yorkshire Moors, the poetry of Simon Armitage and Indian classical music.

Supriya’s most recent body of work has been a multi-faceted exploration of the Lullaby through music, digital installation and spoken word. (Her latest version of Lullaby will also be performed at The Hepworth Wakefield in July 2017, book online). She is currently exploring the connection between the human brain and lullabies, working alongside scientists from Queensland University in Brisbane. Through this ongoing project she has developed work with partners in Scandinavia including The Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo; The Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki; and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

As part of her new research project Life of a Bee, which highlights the dwindling bee population in the world, Supriya has been invited to be a resident artist at  Kingsbrae gardens in New Brunswick, Canada in Summer 2017.

Duncan Chapman

Duncan Chapman is a musician, composer and sound artist. He regularly works with leading arts organisations across the UK and internationally to devise multi-media performances, installations and sound recordings, and has recently undertaken projects with Casa da Música (Porto), St Andrews Voices festival, London Chamber Orchestra, Royal Opera House and Ultima Festival (Oslo).


Manasamitra is a South Asian artist led company. Its ambitious work, rooted in classical Indian traditions, is inspired by an intercultural vision which merges the best musicianship, vocals, dance and storytelling from diverse cultures, into dynamic artistic collaborations. These collaborations respect and challenge the ideas, forms and aesthetics of each genre whilst producing performances they see as 'representative of an artistically rich world that we are privileged to inhabit.'


  • 27 September 2017