Between 2007 and 2008 the Horniman invited students from Archbishop LanFranc School, Croydon, to explore culture and identity through music.
The project, titled The Mighty Bish, was a response to the Museum's temporary exhibition Utsavam - Music from India, showcasing musical traditions and instruments from rural India.
A key aim of the project was to enable the Horniman to work closely and creatively with young people, particularly those from South-East London's Asian communities.
Year 9 and 10 students attended 14 sessions, held at their school and the Horniman. With guidance from the Museum’s curators, students were able to view and handle historical instruments from the collections. They also learned to play and merge traditional forms of Indian music with contemporary electronic sound and mixing techniques, helped by tutors from Asian Dub Foundation Education. The students’ work culminated in two public performances.
The Mighty Bish was funded by the London Museums Hub.