During World War I a former Royal Palace in England was converted into a hospital for Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers from the Empire, who had been wounded while serving on the Western Front.
The fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, redolent of the high summer of Edwardian England, became the temporary home to over 4,000 patients and found itself playing host to the wounded sons of Empire.
As part of the United Kingdom’s Centenary Anniversary of the First World War, Nutkhut is planning to present a programme of performances and installations recreating these events in and around the City of Brighton, the Royal Pavilion and Gardens, the Brighton Dome and the South Downs in May 2016.
During 2016 and 2017, Nutkhut will tour of aspects of the show to melas, concerts halls and festivals.
The contribution made by South Asian soldiers to the war in Europe is a forgotten history. This project will mark their experiences, through live performance based on written and oral sources, a classical orchestra, and video mapping, incorporating archive film and contemporary footage.
These outdoor and site-specific events will provide a bridge between the past and the present and provide a serious context to commemorate an important episode in the history of the Great War.