Himansu Rai (Shiraz)
Enakshi Rama Rau (Selima)
Charu Roy (Prince Khurram)
Seeta Devi (Dalia)


Director: Franz Osten
Production companies: British Instructional Films, Emelka Film, Himansu Rai Film
Producer: Himansu Rai
Assistant Director: Victor A. Peers
Screenplay: W.A. Burton based on the play by Niranjan Pal
Photography: Emil Schünemann, Henry Harris
Art Directors: Promode Nath, Lala Brigmohonlal  

Music Credits  


Score composed by Anoushka Shankar
Orchestrated and arranged by Danny Keane, Julian Hepple
Sound design by Dennis Fernandez, Tony Birch and Julian Hepple
Commissioned by British Film Institute
Executive Producer Tim Stevens Producer Thomas Walker                       
Recorded by Mat Bartram
Assisted by Chris Parker
Mixed by Mat Bartram, Anoushka Shankar, Julian Hepple
Recorded and mixed at Angel Studios, London  


Sitar and kick drum Anoushka Shankar
Cello and piano Danny Keane
Flute and kanjira Ravichandra Kulur
Violin Preetha Narayanan
Harmonium, Moog and modular synthesiser Christopher Kemsley
Clarinet Idris Rahman
Tabla and bass tabla Sanju Sahai
Mridangam, kanjira, moorsing and daf Pirashanna Thevarajah
Foley and tanpuras Julian Hepple, Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka plays sitar


Anoushka Shankar      

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered six Grammy® nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by Time magazine, and a Songlines Best Artist Award.  

Anoushka studied under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, from childhood, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen. By the time she was 20, she had made three classical recordings and received her first Grammy® nomination, becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Anoushka released her self-produced album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy® nomination and signified a move into a more creatively experimental phase as a composer. Through her bold and collaborative approach, as evidenced on the ground-breaking albums Traveller (2011), Traces of You (2013) and Land of Gold (2016) she has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue whilst demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.  

Besides her musical career, Anoushka is known for her activism. Land of Gold was written in response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, as a plea for compassion and empathy and against ever-closing borders. She has been vocal about her own childhood abuse in support of organisations against sexual violence and wrote ‘In Jyoti’s Name’ in response to the horrific gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey, which shocked the world in 2012. Anoushka hosted a radio show about gender equality to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and narrated Stolen Innocence (Chris Davis, 2017), a documentary film about human sexual trafficking, which premiered in London in autumn 2017.