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25 June / 7:30pm
Orchestral Qawwali
Rushil • Abi Sampa • Amrit Dhuffer
Southbank Centre, London
£75-£15 Book Now

String Fest

Tuesday 29 March 2022 / 6:30pmConcertKaviraj Singh - Santoor
Manjeet Singh - Tabla

Nehru Centre, LondonMore Info
Thursday 31 March 2022 / 6:30pmConcertClem Alford - Sitar
Stewart Fenwick - Tabla
Nehru Centre, LondonMore Info
Friday 22 Apr 2022 / 6:30pmConcertSuhas Mitra - SarodNehru Centre, LondonMore Info
Thursday 28 Apr 2022 / 6:30pmConcert Subathra Raghuraman - Veena Nehru Centre, LondonMore Info
Thursday 12 May 2022 / 6:30pmConcertAmeen Ali Khan - Sarod
Saphwat Simab - rubab
Nehru Centre, LondonMore Info
Wednesday 25 May 2022 / 6:30pmConcertVijay Jagtap - sitar Hanif Khan tablaNehru Centre, LondonMore Info

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Women in the Arts Festival – Edition 5

Saturday 12 March 2022 / 7:30pmConcertMehtab Malhotra —
Ghazals: Words, Music & Poetry – Works of Modern & Traditional Urdu Poets

Af Malhotra - Tabla
Pammi Singh - Guitar
Robin Christian - Flute
Kiran Thakrar
- Harmonium
Gurbaksh Matharu - Esraj
Tara Theatre, London£20 / £17.50 conc

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Sunday 13 March 2022 / 7:30pmConcertSHE — Story Telling / Classical —

Vayu Naidu tells stories about rivers and storms, and the mischief of some and the magnitude of women - forgotten and remembered. Be prepared to be shocked, and surprised by tales that can be black and bright.

Alice Barron - Violin
Tara Theatre, London£15 / £13.50 conc

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Friday 18 March 2022 / 7:30pmConcertSparsh Bajpai — Jazz & Classical Soprano
Saachi Sen — Singer/Songwriter
The Nutshell, Winchester£15 / £13.50 conc

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Saturday 26 March 2022 / 8pmConcertKhiyo
Bangladesh @ 50

Sohini Alam - Vocals
Oliver Weeks - Guitars
Ben Heartland - Bass
Richard Jones - Viola
Hassan Mohyeddin - Tabla
David Ingamells - Drums
Grand Junction, London£17.50 / £15 conc

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Saturday 9 April 2022 / 7:30pmConcertKiran Sachdev — with Guest musicians
A concert in celebration of Bollywood Classics

Kiran Thakrar - Keyboard/Piano
Keval Joshi - Tabla
Kamalbir Singh - Violin
Pammi Singh - Guitar
Manish Barot - Percussion
Amar Sarl - Dholak & Tabla
Harrow Art Centre, Harrow£15

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Sama @ Tileyard London

11 Mar / 7:30pmStringFEST - aavaam - we two
Shreya Devnath & Praveen Sparsh - Duet for violin & mridangam
Tileyard LondonBook Now
15 Mar / 6pmKHYAL: Music & Imagination
Shrinivas Joshi - Khyal - The legacy of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Tileyard LondonBook Now
29 Mar / 6pmStringFEST
Arnab Chakrabarty & Shahbaz Hussain - Sarod & Tabla
Tileyard LondonBook Now



Taking inspiration from his father, Jonathan Mayer revisited material from the 1960s. John Mayer formerly Indo Jazz Fusions in 1966 and this quartet will also play new original material.

Jonathan Mayer – Sitar
Mitel Purohit – Tabla
Tony Levein – Drums
Steve Tromans – Piano

19 DEC / 7:30pm / 10ConcertStorey’s Field CentreBook Now

Words • Music • Poetry

A celebration of Words, Poetry and Music.

24 Sep / 6:30pmConcertNajma AktarNehru Centre
30 Sep / 6:30pmConcertKaleem SheikhNehru Centre
30 Oct / 6:30pmConcertSanjeev & Karuna LoombaNehru Centre
28 Nov / 6:30pmConcertKamalbir Singh.
Accompanied By
Manjit Singh Rasiya Tabla, Ikram Khan Sarangi
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Nehru Centre
1 Dec / 7:30pmConcertZeeshan Ali
Accompanied By
Shabaz Hussain Tabla
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The Curve, Slough
3 Dec / 6:30pmConcert Puja Gupta
Accompanied By
Shabaz Hussain Tabla
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Nehru Centre
6 Dec / 6:30pmConcertMehtab Malhotra
Accompanied By
Af Malhotra Tabla, Ikram Khan Sarangi, Junaid Khan Sarangi
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Nehru Centre

Irfan Khan Quartet

Ustad Irfan Khan is the khalifa (head) of the ancient Lucknow Shajahanpur Gharana (Traditional School) of instrumental music and is one of the last instrumentalists of the subcontinent with a vast repertoire of historic compositions and a detailed insight into Raga grammar.

His ancestors were rubab players and came to India as martial musicians from Afghanistan in the 17th century. In Lucknow they mixed with the court musicians and modified the rubab into what would become the sarod.

21 Nov / 6:30pmConcertNehru Centre
Solo Performance accompanied by Gurdain Rayyat
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22 NOV / 7:30pm / £20ConcertPurple Playhouse Theatre, HoveBook Now
24 NOV / 8pm / £20ConcertTileyard Studios, LondonBook Now
25 NOV / 7pm / £13.50 - £11.50ConcertNorwich Arts Centre, NorwichBook Now

Zeeshan Ali

Zeeshan Ali is the student of Ustad Mehdi Hasan Khan sahib and has spent his life in around the art of Ghazal Gayaki. Zeeshan was fortunate enough to be awarded the first place prize in the Asian Song Contest whereby he was given a HMV gold plate by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahib. Zeeshan has spent over 30 years amongst greats seeking their blessings and taleem, some of which include the great Ustad Salamat Ali Khan sahib, Ustad Pervaiz Mehdi Khan sahib and Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib, to name a few. Zeeshan hopes to spread the name of his Great Ustad through his passion for music.

1 DEC / 6pm / £20ConcertThe Curve, SloughBook Now

Saami Brothers Qawwal

Saami Brothers are a group of accomplished vocalist and worthy custodians of the Traditional Qawwali as exemplified in Khyal of the performance Hazrat Ameer Khusrau and Ustad Tanras Khan Sahab – of the Delhi / Qawwal Bahche Gharana.

The group are the sons of the much acc laimed Maestro Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. They are well – versed in several classical genres, currently performing as a traditional (Riwayati) Qawali group

16 NOV / 8pm / £12-£15Concertmac, BirminghamBook Now
17 NOV / 7pm / £20ConcertTileyard Studios, LondonBook Now
20 NOV / 7pm / FreeTalk/Discussion on QawwaliThe Curve, SloughBook Now

Ustad Naseeruddin Saami

The name of Naseeruddin Saami needs no introduction in the field of music. His ancestors founded the school of music known as the “DELHI GHARANA”. His forefathers were associated with the Darbar of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. His ancestor MIYAN SAMATH had the privilege of being the disciple of Hazrat Ameer Khusro.

Naseeruddin is a strict follower in the style of his family tradition-keeping ‘Sur’ as the most important component of his singing. His singing is peaceful and calm. Heartfelt rendition of the raga, manifesting the emotions which are mentioned in the bandish is one of the main aspects of Khyal Gaiki, in which he excels. He shows his versatility by also singing, Sadara, Thumri,Tarana, Dadra and Ghazal.

17 NOV / 3pm / £20ConcertTileyard Studios, LondonBook Now

Kabir – Vipul Rikhi

An introduction to the enigmatic, iconoclastic 15th century Bhakti-Sufi poet, Kabir, through storytelling, commentary, poetry and songs. The songs are in dialects of Hindi and the entire narration will be in English.

Vipul Rikhi is a singer, poet, storyteller and translator, immersed in the oral traditions of Kabir and other Bhakti and Sufi poets for over a decade

2 November / 7pmConcertSOAS, LondonBook Now

Saami Brothers Qawwal

Saami Brothers are a group of accomplished vocalist and worthy custodians of the Traditional Qawwali as exemplified in Khyal of Hazrat Ameer Khusrau and Ustad Tanras Khan Sahab – of the Delhi / Qawwal Bahche Gharana.

The group are the sons of the much acclaimed Maestro Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. They are well-versed in several classical genres, currently performing as a traditional (Riwayati) Qawali group.

22 August/ 8pmConcertThe Gallery, Tileyard StudiosBook Now

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their riveting interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition.

This award-winning ensemble represents the 26th generation of the seven centuries-old Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi founded by Saamat bin Ibrahim, the first qawwal of the subcontinent and principal student of mystic Amir Khusrau.

31 August/ 6pmConcertOsterley Park Hotel, IsleworthBook Now

The Anuraag Collective

The Anuraag Collective is the coming together of a fluid, eclectic set of musicians,veterans in their own genres of music. Anuraag (composer and lead vocals) breathes life in the priceless ancient Indian philosophies as they manifest themselves in this modern-day context. Strong influences of Sufism and Hindustani Classical Music melt together, effortlessly with luscious Jazz and Neo Soul influences.

22 June / 8pmConcertRich MixBook Now


Akademi, in collaboration with SAMA Arts, presents a first-ever performance in Britain, showcasing unique selections from the court and salon Sadir dance repertoire from British India, performed by the captivating dancer, actor, and noted scholar Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh.

Sadir or the invitational performances of the 17th to early 20th century Southern India, were given by highly trained, hereditary, professional dancers, and their musician troupes in the royal durbars and sumptuous salons of rajahs, nawabs and other wealthy sponsors, often including among their guests, the officers of The Raj or British India.

30 June / 7:30pmConcertLSO St. Luke’sBook Now

Rhythms in the Landscape

Rhythms in Landscape is timely celebration of South Asian Dance Festival covering both Classical and Contemporary styles.

It will celebrate historic achievements and contemporary diversity of South Asian Dance in the UK and pose crucial questions to stimulate, steer and secure the future of British Asian dance as part of the UK’s ever growing dance landscape. The five day festival will cover a range of events – including performances, master classes, workshops from training to artist development and other contemporary factors that are shaping South Asian dance creation & distribution

28 June / 7:30pmConcertSadir: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs, and the Officers of The Raj — Swarnamalya GaneshStorey’s Field Centre
29 June / 7:30pm ConcertKathak —Alpana Sengupta Dance CompanyStorey’s Field Centre
30 June / 7:30pmConcertBharatanatyam — Krishna ZivrajStorey’s Field Centre
19 July / 7:30pmConcertKathakali Dance/Drama —Kalamanadalam Vijayakumar
Kuchipudi — Arunima Kumar
Storey’s Field Centre
21 July / 6pm ConcertMohini Attam —Uphaar Dance Company
Kathak — Parbati Chaudhury
Odissi —
Elena Catalano
Storey’s Field Centre
29 & 30 June & 21 July / 12pm - 1:30pmYoga WorkshopYoga for Body, Breath and Mind —
Tina Rawal
Storey’s Field Centre
30 June / 5pmConcertChilanka Pooja —
Natyanjali Dance School
Cambridge Junction

Proejct Mishram


Progressive Carnatic fusion band from Bangalore. ’MishraM’ is an amalgamation of the western genres of music like Rock, Metal, Jazz, Reggae and Electronic music centered around the Indian classical music.

Tuesday 2 July / 7pmConcertWharf Chambers Co-operative Club, Leeds
// with support from The Tenmours
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Tuesday 9 July / 8pmConcertMAC, Birmingham
Wednesday 10 July / 8pmConcertRich Mix, LondonBook Now
Thursday 11 July / 8pmConcertThe Reardon Smith Theatre
National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff
Book Now - Rekha Girish 07540 945075

Shared Values Festival

Shared Values is a festival of South Asian art music, contemporary, classical & traditional that seeks to showcase the achievements of non-South Asian musicians who have wholeheartedly adopted the aesthetic values of this music and emerged as accomplished performers. We believe that the breadth and depth of these artists’ with their adoptive musical culture can only be put in perspective when they are given an opportunity to share a platform with leading indigenous performers. This is a festival to project that South Asian music is universal, welcoming and inclusive. (click on the artist list to book online, click on venue for directions).

17 Feb ConcertClive Bell - Flute / Ricky Choudhuri - Flute / Sanjay Jhalla - TablaBrockwood School
3 MarConcertJon Mayer - Sitar / Nitin Amin - Flute / Manjeet Singh Rasiya - TablaStorey’s Field Centre
18 Mar / 6:30pmConcertFabrice De Graef - Flute / Kiranpal Singh – Santoor / Manjeet Rasiya - TablaNehru Centre
22 Mar / 6:30pmConcertJosh Feinberg - Sitar / Shahbaz Hussain - TablaNehru Centre
11 Apr / 6:30pmConcertClem Alford - Sitar / Sirish Kumar – TablaNehru Centre
13 Apr / 7:30pmConcertRoopa Panesar - Sitar / Sanju Sahai - TablaTileyard Studios
14 Apr / 6pmConcertJérôme Cormier - Dhrupad Vocal / Carsten Wicke - Rudra Veena Tileyard Studios
17 Apr / 6:30pmConcertNicolas Magriel - Sarangi / Matyas Wolter - Surbahar / Olmo Cassiba - PakhawajNehru Centre
18 Apr / 7:30pmConcertCarsten Wicke - Rudra Veena / Matyas Wolter - Surbahar / Olmo Cassiba - PakhawajNehru Centre
23 Apr / 7:30pmConcertJesse Bannister - Saxophone / Giuliano Modarelli - Guitar / Kash Killion - Double Bass / Sanju Sahai -TablaRich Mix
7 May / 6:30pmConcertGayatri Ajay - Veena / Pujenthan Sivagurunathan - Khanjira / Janakan Srirangan - MridangamNehru Centre
9 May / 6:30pmConcertSubhadra Desai - Khyal / Surjeet Singh - Sarangi / Sanjay Jhala - TablaNehru Centre
11 May / 7:30pmConcertJohn Baily Rubab / Veronica Doubleday - Vocal / Sulaiman Haqpana – TablaTileyard Studios
12 May / 6pmConcertIndro Roy-Chowdhury - Sitar / Ustad Dharambir Singh - Surbahar / Shahbaz Hussain - Tabla / Sudarshan Singh - JoriTileyard Studios
14 May / 7:30pmConcertKen Zuckerman - Sarod / Sanju Sahai - TablaRich Mix

Ustad Nishat Khan

Sitar virtuoso, Nishat Khan has an impeccable international reputation and the north indian is regarded as one of the towering performers of the pre-eminent instrument of Indian classical music.

He returns to London to perform at the prestigious Union Chapel, accompanied by tabla player Pandit Sanju Sahai and with it’s “infinite and imaginative variety”, as declared by The Guardian, this is truly to be a magical evening.

13 May / 6:30pmConcertUnion ChapelBook Now

Songs of the Mystics: Sufi Qawwali – Najamuddin Saifuddin & Group

The family of Qawwal Najmuddin Saifuddin group trace their ancestry back to the 13th-century and are considered today the leading singers of the Sufi Qawwali tradition. Their songs are of thousands of years of mystic poetry, which have been passed on from generation to generation. The songs, which constitute the qawwali repertoire, are in a number of languages. Those from the classical period are in dialects of north India like Brajbhasha and Awadhi. These dialects continue to have huge influence on qawwali in other languages. There is a rich tradition in other languages like Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and Saraiki.

UK Tour

5 MarHolywell Music Room, Oxford0730 605 6305Book Now
15 MarStorey’s Field Centre, Cambridge01223 357851Book Now
16 MarDominion Centre, Southall0730 605 6305Book Now
22 MarTara Arts Theatre, London0208 8333 4457Book Now
23 MarWoodside Hall, Glasgow0778 693 5075Book Now
24 MarExcelsior, Nottingham0115 7100 300
29 MarMidland Art Centre, Birmingham0121 446 3232Book Now
30 MarKey Theatre, Peterborough01733 207239Book Now
31 MarThe Curve, Slough0730 605 6305Book Now
5 AprGreat Hall, Dartington01803 847 070 Book Now
6 Apr Porchester Hall, London0730 605 6305Book Now
7 AprNewhampton Art Centre, Wolverhampton01902 572090Book Online
10 AprRoyal Northern College of Music, Manchester0161 907 5555Book Now

The Indus Festival

The Indus Festival, is a series of performances in celebration of the classical and contemporary arts of South Asia. We are presenting a number of artists in collaboration with organisations from the East region. This will be the basis for all future work of Indus Music. We propose to celebrate The Beatles’ trip to India which transformed the perception of Indian music in the West. Their historic meeting with Pandit Ravi Shankar remains to this day the key moment in the history of this music in the West.

The festival will include music – all genres, Khyal, Qawwali, Ghazals, Dance, Book Reading, Poetry.

1 Mar / 7:30pmConcertNitin Amin – Flute
Jonathan Mayer – Sitar
Manjeet Singh Rasiya – Tabla
Storey’s Field Centre
3 Mar / 3pmWorkshopChildren’s Educational Programme Percussion Tradition Of North & South India

Storey’s Field Centre
3 Mar / 6:30pmConcertKaleem Sheikh: Introduction to the history of Ghazals and a Performance
Five Notes of the Raga: A book by Dr Bhaskar Das Gupta
Khyal Vocal: Deepa Hattangady Karnad
Storey’s Field Centre
12 Mar / 7:30pmConcertSongs of the Mystics:Traditional Sufi Qawwali
Najmuddin & Saifuddin Qawwal
Storey’s Field Centre
17 Mar / 3pmConcertSanjukta Mitra: Classical Vocal
Anandadhara Arts Presents The Gems of Bengal
Storey’s Field Centre
17 Mar / 7:30pmConcertIndian Classical Dance
Bhartanatyam: Viji Moorthie
Kathak: Ragini Madan
Storey’s Field Centre


20 Sep / 6:30pmConcertShika Ganguli —
Hanif Khan - Tabla / Nafiz Irfan - Harmonium
Nehru Centre
26 Sep / 6:30pmConcertRahul Mishra —
Dheeraj Mishra - Tabla / Nafiz Irfan - Harmonium
Nehru Centre
25 Nov / 3pmConcertShafqat Ali Khan —
Shahbaz Hussain - Tabla / Gurbaksh Singh - Dilruba
Royal Asiatic Society
26 Nov / 6:30pmConcertChandrima Mishra —
Shahbaz Hussain - Tabla / Prabhat Rao - Harmonium
Nehru Centre
27 Nov / 6:30pmConcertKaviraj Singh —
Amritpal Singh - Tabla / Gurbaksh Singh - Dilruba
Nehru Centre
4 Dec Inauguration / 6pm
5-13 Dec /
10am-6pm / Mon to Fri only
ExhibitionKhyal: Music and Imagination - Multimedia Exhibition —
Led by Martin Clayton and Laura Leante at Durham University, in collaboration with GemArts, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Nehru Centre
4 Dec / 6:30pmConcertKhyal: Music & Imagination Exhibition Inauguration
Vijay Rajput —
Sanju Sahai - Tabla / Kirpal Singh Panesar - Dilruba
Nehru Centre
5 Dec / 4pmWorkshopVijay Rajput —
Khyal Workshop
Nehru Centre
6 Dec / 6:30pmConcertUstad Fida Husain – Felicitation Event
Deepa Karnad —
Budhaditya Bhattacharya —

Gurdain Rayatt - Tabla / Gurbaksh Singh Matharu - Dilruba
Nehru Centre
8 Dec / 6pmConcertSanjukta Mitra —
Udit Pankhania - Tabla
Prabhat Rao —
Amritpal Singh - Tabla / Rishikesh Kardile - Harmonium
Bhavan Centre
9 Dec / 1pmConcertRoshan Abbas —
Guest musicians
Dominion Centre
10 Dec / 4pmWorkshopSarojini Pati —
Khyal Workshop
Nehru Centre
11 Dec / 6:30pmConcertKaleem Sheikh — A talk on Khyal / Music — CANCELLED
Tarsem Singh - Tabla / Surjeet Singh - Sarangi
Nehru Centre
12 Dec / 4pmFilm ScreeningScreening 1 —
Kishori Amonikar - Live in Concert
Nehru Centre
13 Dec / 4pmFilm ScreeningScreening 2 —
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - Live in Concert
Nehru Centre
14 Dec / 7:30pmConcertRahul Mishra —
Dheeraj Mishra - Tabla
Tara Arts
16 Dec / 2pmSeminarKhyal Seminar —
Comprehensive discussion on Khyal and gharanas (schools)
Rich Mix
16 Dec / 6:30pmConcertChiranjeeb Chakraborty —
Amruta Bawane Garud —

Manjeet Singh Rasiya - Tabla / guest musicians
Rich Mix

24 May / 6:30pm / £ FreeConcertShephali Frost —
Sufi Songs from 16 - 21st Century / Prelude event - Women in the Arts Festival
Nehru Centre
12 June / 6:30pm / £ FreeConcertChinmayi Tripathi: Poetry Project —
Songs of Hindi Poets (Neo Romanticist Poetry)
Nehru Centre
12—17 June / 11am-7pm / £ FreeExhibitionMadhubani Painting Exhibtion —
Seema Singh
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
16—17 June / 10am / £27.54WorkshopMadhubani Painting Workshop
Seema Singh
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
Saturday 16 June / 8pm / £12-15ConcertMystic Songs & Sufi Qawwali —
Abi Sampa with support from Chinmayi Tripathi
Rich Mix
18 June—11 July / 11am to 7pm / £ FreeExhibitionWomen in Khyal Music - Music and Imagination —
A multimedia exhibition
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
19 June / 6:30pm / £ FreeTalk/ConcertA Talk by Dr Laura Leante - Khyal Exhibition —
Khyal Music — Dr Milind Malshe
Nehru Centre
20 June / 6:30pm / £ FreeTalk/Book LaunchA Talk by Dr Laura Leante — Khyal Music & Visual Art
Book Launch — Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta launched a fictitious musical story on Khyal between a 15th Century blind poet saint and Mughal Emperor Akbar.
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
19—23 June/ 10am to 6pm / £ FreeExhibitionSongs of Spring —
Sara Riaz Khan•Vinita Khanna•Sudipta Modi
Asia House
24 June—13 July / 11am to 7pm / £ FreeExhibitionSongs of Spring —
Sara Riaz Khan • Vinita Khanna • Sudipta Modi
Transferred from Asia House
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
26 June / 7pm / £7.50TalkTalk on Music of the Agra Gharana —
Priya Purshothaman
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
29 June / 7pm / £15ConcertPriya Purshothaman — Khyal Vocal
With Amritpal Singh—Tabla
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
6 July / 7.30pm / £ FreeConcertDeepa Hattangady Karnad —
Khyal Music
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
8 July / 6:30pm / £10Dance RecitalIndrani Datta — Kathak
Katrina Rute — Bharatanatym
Pallavi Anand — Odissi
Bhavan Centre
10 July—13 July / 11am to 7pm / £ FreeExhibitionExhibition of the Baul Tradition —
Papia Das Baul
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
12 July / 6:30pm/ £ FreeConcertSanjukta Mitra —
Khyal Vocal
Nehru Centre
13 July / 6:30pm/ £ FreeConcertYan White —
Flute recital - Khyal Exhibition
M.P. Birla Gallery, Bhavan Centre
19 July / 6:30pm / £ FreeConcertSunita Avani Amin —
Dhrupad Vocals
Nehru Centre
21 July / 7:30pm / £15ConcertAmrit Kaur Lohia —
KauRAS/ Deepa Nair Rasiya —
Songs of Sufi / Sikh Tradition
Watermans Art Centre
22 July / 3pm / £15ConcertSangeeta Datta —
Tagore & Baul
Papia Das Baul —
Baul Songs
Watermans Art Centre
22 July / 7pm / £15ConcertShepali Frost –
Sufi Mystics / Contemporary Poets
Vandana Somai –
Bhakti Poet
Watermans Art Centre
28 July / 7:30pm / £13ComedySindhu Vee: Sandhog —
A night of comedy with Sindhu Vee
Tara Arts Theatre
3 August / 6:30pm / £ FreeConcertUrmi Chakraborty —
Semi Classical /Hindustani Vocals
Nehru Centre
13 August / 2:30pm / £10ConferenceWomen in the Arts Conference —
Keynote Speech / Panel discussions / Business of Music
Music Publishing / Talent Development & Artist Management
Finance & Fundraising
Wilton's Music Hall
13 August / 7:45pm / £17.50ConcertNicki Wells —TuryaWilton's Music Hall
14 August / 7:45pm / £17.50ConcertZoe Rahman —Jazz / ContemporaryWilton's Music Hall
15 August / 7:45pm / £17.50ConcertPatricia Rozario —Soprano/ Western Classical ::Naresh Sohal / John Taverner / Vijay AnandWilton's Music Hall
16 August / 7:45pm / £17.50ConcertCalcutta —English Baroque meets Indian MusicWilton's Music Hall

Present by Tara Arts with Sama Arts

6 April / 7:30pmConcertIn Praise of Khusrau: Sitar & Mystic Sufi Songs
Roopa Panesar and Abi Sampa
Tara Arts Theatre
7 April / 2pmConcertAgra Ragas
Deepa Hattangady Karnad
Tara Arts Theatre
7 April / 4pmConcert

Konnakol (Indian scat) & Carnatic Vocal / Songs of the Tanjore Quartet
Konnakol and Vamshikrishna Vishnudas
Tara Arts Theatre
7 April / 7:30pmConcert
Songs of Love and Separation
Amrit Kaur Lohia and Mehtab Malhotra
Tara Arts Theatre
8 April / 2pmConcert
Rhythms in the Landscape
Taal Vadya Kacheri and Kirpal Panesar
Tara Arts Theatre
8 April / 4pmConcert
Voice of the Kirana School
Vijay Rajput
Tara Arts Theatre
8 April / 7:30pmConcert
Ancestral Voices
Arnab Chakrabarty, Yogesh Samsi & Gundecha Brothers
Tara Arts Theatre



An in-depth exploration of one of the foremost vocal genres of South Asia Concerts, Workshops & Seminars

14 SepDeepa Hattangady Karnad - AgraNehru Centre
15 SepSwati Natekar - Kirana / GwaliorNehru Centre
10 OctSamrat Pandit - PatialaNehru Centre
17 OctSatninder Singh Bodal - Khayal VocalNehru Centre
2 NovMadhumita Ray - Rampur Sahaswan / GwaliorNehru Centre
7 NovSmt Shobaa Joshi - Khyal VocalNehru Centre
5 DecVijay Rajput - KiranaNehru Centre
8 DecKrishna Chakrabarty - KiranaNehru Centre

Words, Music & Poetry

Kaleem Sheikh is a London based singer and writer. Trained by the Late Ustad Sultan Khan in the tradition of vocal music, Kaleem also received extensive knowledge in musicology from Ustad Sultan Khan. He has worked as a music journalist for BBC radio and provided consultancy advice to arts organisations and lectured on Indian cinema at the home of The Guardian, Kings Place.

Kaleem performed for the Hollywood producer, Ismail Merchant and also for the foremost singer in Iran- Shajarian. In 2016, he sang in a highly successful tribute concert in memory of Ustad Sultan Khan at the Nehru centre. Kaleem has been described as a ‘ great artiste ‘ and ‘sureela’ and able to create a ‘good musical atmosphere’ by historic musical Families.

  • Surjeet Singh – Sarangi
  • Krishan Mohan – tabla
21 NovNehru Centre, London


Mrigya is one of India’s most premier and prodigious World-Fusion bands, hailing from New Delhi. Formed in 1999, the band has blossomed into a fascinating contemporary world music band venturing to stretch the boundaries of Indian classical music becoming the harbinger of a unique fusion band offering a rich blend of Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin, Indian Classical and Jazz. The band has toured extensively around the globe winning accolades and representing India at various international festivals. Mrigya shows range from international performances around the world for elite audiences, and the most exclusive shows ever performed. 

18 AugTileyard Studios, London
19 AugThe Bushey Academy, Bushey
20 Augmac, Birmingham

Gandharva Choir

Creative, innovative and experimental, the Gandharva Choir has presented hundreds of striking performances of Indian choral music in India and abroad over the last four decades. Founded in 1972 under the leadership of Pt Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, the Gandharva Choir is presently conducted by Pt Madhup Mudgal.

The Gandharva Choir has successfully experimented with classical and folk styles of music. It not only specializes in difficult classical forms such as Dhrupad, Dhamar, Varnam, Kriti and Tarana, but is equally adept at patriotic, devotional and folk forms. Its extensive repertoire includes hymns from the ancient Vedas, compositions in the Hindustani as well as Carnatic styles of music, Rabindra Sangeet and modern experimental works involving the use of harmony.

6 JulUniversity of Salford, Salford
7 JulGreat Hall, Hope University, Liverpool
8 Jul Brahmakumari Spiritual University, London
11 JulSeminar/Talk - Chants, Chorus & Choirs: Nehru Centre, London
12 JulMAC, Birmingham
13 Jul Choir Workshops: Harrow Art Centre, London
14 JulBhavan Centre, London
15 JulArnolfini, Bristol
18 JulThe Sage, Newcastle

Women In Music

Women in Music highlighting women instrumentalists and vocalists

20 AprGauri Pathare - Hindustani Khyal VocaNehru Centre
29 AprDr Lalitha / N Nandini - Carnatic ViolinBhavan Centre
7 MayPapia Das Baul - Sufi Baul Songs / Shemonty Monjari - Songs of Rabindra BaulRich Mix
11 MayRamya Mohan - Raga MoodsNehru Centre
16 MayJayeeta Ghosh - Ghazals & Geets Nehru Centre
30 MayAmita Sinha Mahapatra - Dhrupad VocalNehru Centre
5 JunShanta AcharyaNehru Centre
9 JunDouble Bill: Chloe Goodchild - Naked Voice / Quest EnsembleTileyard Studios
11 JunDeepa Hattangadi Karnad - Khyal VocalTileyard Studios
11 JunDouble Bill: Misagh Moradi / Alif LailaTileyard Studios
16 JunWomen in Music Symposium + MusicBrunei Gallery SOAS
18 JunAmita Sinha Mahapatra / Aliya Rasheed - Dhrupad VocalTara Arts
25 JunAmita Sinha Mahapatra - Dhrupad Vocal / Anuja Borude - PakhawajlTileyard Studios
1 JulTanya Wells - Contemporary Songs / GhazalsTileyard Studios
2 JulDouble Bill: Roopa Panesar / Amrit LohiaTileyard Studios


1 FESTIVAL – 13 concerts – 17 sessions – 20 Instruments – 35 artists – 6 Venues
10 March – 23 April 2017 – various venues throughout London

25 MarDhruba Ghosh - sarangi / Kiya Tabassian - setarCafe Inageles
28 MarClem Alford - sitarNehru Centre
1 AprSamrat Pandit - PatialaNehru Centre
7 AprGayatri Ajay - saraswati veena / Shri Kirupakar - mridangam / Bangalore Prakash - GhatamNehru Centre
8 AprAttab Haddad - oudTileyard Studios
18 AprRaginder Singh - violinNehru Centre
21 AprTunde Jegede - kora & cello / Zayn Mohammed - guitarTileyard Studios
22 AprArnab Chakrabarty - sarod Tara Theatre
22 AprGurdev Singh - dilruba / Surjeet Singh - sarangi / Manjeet Singh Rasiya - tablaDominion Centre
23 AprAshok Pathak - surbahar - Morning RagasTileyard Studios
23 AprIndrajit Roy-Chowdhury - sitarTileyard Studios
23 AprArnab Chakrabarty - sarod/sur sringar with Talvin Singh - tablaTileyard Studios


Rani Khanam

Kathak Dance 

10 OctBhavan Centre, London

Gundecha Brothers

Dhrupad Dhamar and Bhakti poets

9 OctTileyard Studios, London

Khyal: Music & Imagination

We are back once again with the latest edition of our Mystic Voices concerts series. An ongoing exploration by Sama of the connections between spirituality, poetry and music in the artistic traditions of South Asia, Mystic Voices offers you a number of exciting performances this season.

13 MaySound Of The SufisNehru Centre
27 MayMehboob NadeemNehru Centre
28 MayDev JoshiBeck Theatre
30 MayUstad Rashid KhanBarbican Centre
10 JunMadhvi Mudgal & Dance CompanyBhavan Centre
14 JunMowna Ramachandran / Kaleem SheikhNehru Centre
17 JunShubhendra Rao & Saskia Rao De HaasBhavan Centre
1 JulInuauguration Of Dhrupad Institute UKNehru Centre
2 JulDhrupad Workshop/ SeminarTileyard Studios
3 JulNatalia Hildner - KathakCecil Sharp House
3 JulUstad Wasifuddin Dagar - DhrupadCecil Sharp House
10 JulQawwals Najmuddin / Saifuddin & GroupCecil Sharp House
15 JulFilter Coffee / Contemporary MusicNehru Centre
27 JulFolk Traditions Of RajasthanNehru Centre
28 JulDesert SlideUnion Chapel

Women In Music

Equity and diversity within an overarching theme of an ‘integrated, multicultural Britain’ are central objectives of our artistic agenda. While women have played a key role in Asian musical traditions their presence on the concert stage has been a fraction of that of their male counterparts, to say the least. We aim to bring to the fore numerous outstanding women artists in Asian music and help them perform, network, collaborate and organise as a collective.

Our ‘Women in Music’ festival seeks to showcase newly commissioned works as well as traditional art forms by women performers with the goal of fuelling the public’s interest and involvement in the Asian arts, and in the process, raising awareness of the underdeveloped role of British Asian women in the public sphere in general. Through music, we seek to ask those tough questions that are often ignored, about the role of women in British Asian communities which often struggle with the challenges of the 21st century, not infrequently because of lingering traditional perceptions of gender roles.

21 MarKhiyoNehru Centre
22 MarJyotsna Srikanth & Daphna SadehNehru Centre
23 MarFlux OfficialNehru Centre
24 MarAnuradha Pal’s Stree ShaktiNehru Centre
26 MarAnuradha Pal’s Stree ShaktiShisikunj Bhavan
27 MarSanhita NandiThe Music Room
1 AprAbi SampaNehru Centre
6 AprSpring In The Season Of Love - Meeta PanditNehru Centre
7 AprWomen In Music SymposiumNehru Centre
8 AprNajma Akhtar’s Fiver Rivers Project Nehru Centre
10 AprManju MehtaBhavan Centre
21 AprShivanovaNehru Centre
22 AprWomen In Art Exhibition
Deepa Nair Rasiya
Dj Ritu
Tileyard Studios
23 AprNahid Siddiqui – Mirage (Kathak)
Dj Ritu
Tileyard Studios
24 AprKrishna Chakraborty
Supriya Nagarajan
Swati Natekar
Tileyard Studios
17 JunShubhendra Rao And Saskia Rao-De HaasBhavan Centre