STORYTELLER and sitar player combination Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee will be returning to Dorset for two performances of an epic Indian tale this spring.

These shows, made possible through the rural touring arts organisation Artsreach, will take place at Morden and Fontmell Magna.

Artsreach spokesman Kerry Bartlett said: "Deep in the forest Rama and Sita live in exile. Eyes watch their every move, and the universe shimmers with illusion.

"When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get to rescue her. But there’s only one thing worse than a blood-thirsty demon, and that’s his big brother.

"As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little known story to unfold

"Expect the unexpected as storyteller Emily and virtuoso sitar player Sheema conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much-loved Indian epic, ‘Ramayana’."

Work and extensive travel in India have kindled Emily’s great love of Hindu mythology, having lived and worked with a yak-herding family on the Tibetan plateau, studied Kathakali dance-drama in Kerala and spent several months at the Kattaikkuttu School in Tamil Nadu.

Sitar player Sheema, who composed for and performed in the 2016 staging of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Globe Theatre, has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Courtney Pine and Sir John Tavenor.

She has also supported Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on tour, performed at the Olympics Festival for Sydney 2000 and makes regular appearances at WOMAD Festival with her own ensembles.

They will perform at Morden Village Hall on Saturday, February 1, from 7.30pm; then at Springhead Trust Fontwell Magna on Sunday, February 2, from 5pm.

Call 01929 459431 for tickets and information on the Morden show.

Call 01747 811853 for tickets and information on the Fontmell Magna performance.