Diwali at Dishoom

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In the days and weeks before Diwali, the excitement and gaiety flickers through Bombay like electricity. It is with that same sense of excitement that we announce we are once again bringing friends and family together for a first-class partee.

This year, on Thursday 20th October, we will celebrate the festival of light at Studio Spaces in Wapping. A night-time affair filled with poetry, live music and bespoke dance performances curated in partnership with our good friend Sweety Kapoor, a renowned artistic director and creative producer specialising in the finest British talent of South-Asian heritage.

The meaning of Diwali

The festival of light brings people together in celebration, regardless of wealth or status, of race, background or beliefs with its symbolism of new joy, new beginnings and hope. The festival marks the end of a new year and the beginning of the next. A time to reflect on the year past, which has inevitably been full of many shades of light and dark. This year its symbolism – the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, of awakening and new joy – seems especially fitting.

Representing so much that is dear to us, Diwali is celebrated with boundless passion here at Dishoom. We’re thrilled at the chance to celebrate all that is good in the world and to look to the future with hope and excitement. In that spirit, we hope you will join us for a wonderful party to celebrate.

The stellar line-up

It is with great excitement that we share some of the fabulous talent gracing the stage on the night of our grand celebration. Expect a magical evening with electric performances from the likes of:–

Mona Arshi & Tulani Kayani-Skeef Award-winning poet and novelist Mona will be performing a collaborative piece alongside classically trained 'BBC Young Dancer' finalist Tulani, choreographed by dancer Saloni Saraf.

Amrit Kaur Acclaimed Punjabi folk and soul singer will be accompanied by Pratab Singh on Tabla for this unique performance.

Pritt Tamil Influenced RnB, Carnatic infused, soulful songstress will be accompanied by Mithushan Sivagurunathar (ghatam & morsing) and Veena Sathiendran (sitar) for her first ever live audience performance.

The Jazz All Stars Project Tracing the influential history of Jazz in Bombay, this assembly of award-winning artists has been brought together especially for this event. The line-up includes 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' Arun Ghosh (clarinet), acclaimed pianist Kishon Khan, groove masters Richard Bailey (drums) and Pandit Dinesh (percussion), Sohini Alam (vocals), Suman Joshi (bass) and Chris Williams (alto sax).

Surya Sen British-Bengali electronic producer Surya Sen expertly blends brilliant beats spanning a range of musical genres and will be kicking off the evening’s party with a live set featuring an exclusive new track.

Cousins - DJ Manara & Minara London-based 'Queen of Blends' DJ Manara and Cousin’s star Minara will be mixing global club cuts, house and Bollywood samples to ensure toes are tapping long into the night.

DJ Nadi Blending a bespoke set, Bengali born Nadi (meaning river) is one of the most exciting DJ's to emerge from lockdown’s Daytimers crew.

DJ Priya Powerhouse emerging artist Priya will be dropping one of her signature energetic mixes with a Desi twist.

The Stars of Shehnai South Indian Nadaswaram & Thavil musicians will kick start the celebrations with an ode to this ancient art form.

Bolly Co. Acclaimed Bollywood dance troupe will perform a specially commissioned semi-classical dance piece choreographed by dancer Saloni Saraf.

Sky Magic Get ready for jaw-dropping magic and groundbreaking illusions from one of the UK’s finest close-up magicians.

Bishi The vocalist, composer and producer will return to her DJ roots for this special set.

Food and drink

To fuel the party, an array of finest vegetarian fare awaits. Dishoom chef-wallas will be cooking up café classics including celebratory Jackfruit Biryani, Mattar Paneer, Dishoom House Chaat, Mushroom Pepper Fry and more. While the good folks at Jhal Muri Express will be serving crunchy, tangy, fresh and flavourful snacks and Horn OK Please! will be armed with delicious Moong Dal Dosas and Chaat. Complimentary Chai and Mithai will also be offered to Diwali guests.