Partners production | 2017

Sukanya is a unique opera which Pandit Ravi Shankar was working on at the time of his passing in December 2012. The story is inspired by an episode from Book 3, Vana Parva (Book of the Forest) of the Mahabharata, the longest of the Sanskrit epics of ancient India, ten times the length of the Odyssey and the Iliad combined.

Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahābhārata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production with music by Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and combines traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra and singers. This performance is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das and unites dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

These performances are a co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, Leicester in association with Southbank Centre, with generous philanthropic support from Arts Council England and the Bagri Foundation.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Singers

Suba Das

David Murphy

Aakash Odedra

Production & Video Design
59 Productions

Lighting Designer
Matt Haskins

Lead Designer
Akhila Krishnan

Set Design and Costume Concept
Molly Einchcomb

Costume Design
Aneeth Arora for Péro

Lawrence Watson

Assistant Set Designer
Matt Wregglesworth

Dale Croft
Lucie Arnoux

Matthew Taylor

Richard Slaney

Assistant Producer
Rebecca Collis

Technical Associate
Maximilien Spielbichler

Technical Assistant
Ian Syme

“All this lavishness was assembled to tell a charming story from the Indian epic poem the Mahabharata, about the princess Sukanya who accidentally blinds a reverend sage, marries him to make amends, and outwits a couple of jealous gods who want her for themselves.”