GANGA: Tales of the River

Storyteller Emily Hennessey & Musician Sheema Mukherjee


When the River Goddess leaps from the skies, only Shiva’s hair can catch her wild torrents…

But still she roars, surging from mountains to sea, leaving no stone – or ego – unturned as she washes illusion from the truth.

In the heavens, bored brothers steal the holy cow and face a terrible punishment – a life on earth!

A king has more sons than space, but taking a fancy to the Sky God’s palace is never going to end well.

A woman journeys deep into the kingdom of death to demand the impossible.

And when a tiny fish flips out of the river, a young girl holds the end of one world and the beginning of the next in her hands.


Storyteller Emily Hennessey and sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure fast- flowing worlds of cosmic creatures, celestial curses, wise women and gods behaving badly in these Indian stories of liberation, love, life, truth and illusion.

65mins or 2 x 45mins with interval

Digital version available for online events.

Suitable for ages 14+

 Sheema Mukherjee is an internationally  renowned sitar player and composer best known  for her work with Transglobal Underground and The Imagined Village. Her work was featured during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Sheema absorbed North Indian classical music and the western tradition side-by-side, studying sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle,  the Late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and then with the Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Brought up between Britain and India, she has a rich background to draw on in her own compositions and collaborations.