Hear... the tables turned on Melvyn Bragg. The acclaimed author and presenter of The South Bank Show, will be on the interviewee end for once, to talk about his work, his latest book and the Radio 4 series On Giants' Shoulders. This is a rare opportunity to meet a culture vulture, and articulate chatterer in the flesh, who has a hectic schedule as an all-rounder media person. Bragg will be speaking from 6pm at the Royal National Theatre Platform Performance, Lyttleton Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-928 2252).

Experience... traditional Indian dance and modern practice blended together. Independence is the Srishti company's latest show, bringing Bharatanatyam from the South and Kathak dance from the North. The show looks at the effects of Indian Independence and the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan, with "Journeys", which explores the complexities of relationships under such pressure, and "Independent yet United", looks at the influence of British involvement on Indian dance. Choreography is by Nina Rajarani, who trained in Britain, and Prashant Shah who was taught in India. Tonight at The Purcell Room, South Bank, London SE1 (0171- 960 4242), Arena Theatre, University of Wolverhampton (11 March), Mirren Theatre, Essex (12 March), The Bull Arts Centre, Barnet (20-21 March), Worcester Arts Workshop, Worcester (22 March), The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (28 March), The Studio, Bradford ( 3 April), Grange Arts Cente, Lancaster (4 April), 21 South Street, Reading (5 April).

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