This is Not That Dawn - Orchestral Workshop

Catalyst New Music

Be the first to hear Omar Najmi's breathtaking new opera about the Partition of India in 1947 and its lasting impacts decades later.

Music & Libretto by Omar Najmi
Conducted by Brendon Shapiro
Dramaturgy by Fatima Maan

Amanda Densmoor
Francesca Mehrota
Samina Aslam
Amal El-Shrafi
Omar Najmi
Nicholas LaGesse

Accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra


Punjab, 1947 | India is on the brink of Partition. Meera is a young and promising kathak dancer who falls in love with her Muslim neighbor Bilal. When he emigrates to Pakistan with his family, Meera is left to bear their child - Anitha - alone. Amid mounting violence between Muslims and Hindus, Meera gives baby Anitha over to her sister Manju who is fleeing to England.

​England, 1972 | A serious injury has truncated Anitha’s nascent ballet career. Struggling with her uncertain future and her conflicted identity, she returns to India for the first time since her birth in search of closure about the unknown fate of her mother, Meera. Through this transformative journey, Anitha discovers that she is connected to the mother she never knew by their shared passion for dance.

Duration: 90 minutes
, 7:30 pm

Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave St
Somerville, MA 02148
United States