Kalakar UK will premiere their first ever musical theatre - Begum Akhtar, showcasing the life and times of Padma Bhushan Begum Akhtar – one of India's most popular ghazal singers ever. Begum Akhtar was an outstanding exponent of dadra, thumri and ghazal semi classical music forms. She earned her mastery of these against a backdrop of a patriarchal society using her astounding talent, never once compromising on her dignity.

At the helm of this pioneering production is the extremely gifted Chandra Chakraborty a force in the Indian classical music scene in Western Europe and elsewhere. Chandra is supported by other eminent names like Salil Tambe, Alice Barron and Dr Siddhartha Kar Gupta.