I recently finished the musical score for the Royal National Theatres production of ‘Dara’. Set in Mughal India it tells the story of Crown Prince Dara – a Sufi poet, and his younger brother Aurangzeb and their different visions of Islam within India.
The music i have composed is heavily influenced by Sufi ideas – exploring the ecstatic repetition of Qawwali music and the poetry of Rumi, Kabir and other Sufi Saints. This is combined with a more regal North Indian Classical and Persian sound that would have been played in the Mughal Palaces of the day.
Here is a track called ‘Ali Mola’ from the show.