In 2014 Nedland Kultur was approached by Bentein Baardson and Håkon Berge at Kilden, the concert-, theatre- and opera house of Kristiansand, Norway, with an invitation to take part in the planning and programming of a “Sacra Art” Festival, featuring religious music from various countries and cultures. The main contribution from Nedland Kultur was a specially comissioned concert by Indian violin virtuoso and composer Dr. L. Subramaniam and his family: Sacred Ragas, curated and coordinated by Sigbjørn Nedland, in close collaboration with Dr. L. Subramaniam.

The idea behind the Sacra Art festival was to combine into one event songs of praise, prayer, contemplation and dedication from several religions. Songs from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Budhist and Hinduist cultures and more were performed in several concerts. Nedland Kultur chose to focus on Indian religious songs and music pieces, that members of the Subramaniam family gave a spirited performance of.

Subramaniam family on stage:

Dr. L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Bindu Subramaniam, Ambi Subramaniam

Since its conception, the architectonially striking culture house “Kilden” has become home to many cultural expressions, in various styles of music, theatre and opera. The reason for the inclusion of religious expressions, was formulated like this when “Sacra Art” was introduced:

“Time is ripe for a widening of perspectives as regards religious art and music. Kristiansand, like the rest of Norway, has become home to thousands of people from various countries and cultures. This enrichment of Norwegian culture, should now get it’s reflection in a broad manifestation of religious music and artistic expressions.

“All life is holy. All humans are equally valuable. To understand each other, we need to get to know each other. To get to know each other, we need to tell each other our stories.”

Nedland Kultur fully support this aim of sharing cultures and music – both in a Norwegian and in a global context. We were a proud partner of Kilden and the festival of sacred music. Dr. L. Subramaniam found both the event and the environment inspiring