The Benares Baaj Archive
From the 18th century royal courts of India to 21st century modern Britain, this audio visual archive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, documents the impact of the Benares Tabla playing tradition and the life and legacy of Pandit Sharda Sahai.
Selected archives are accessible online. Contact us to visit our dedicated Benares Baaj Leaning and Research Centre, to view more materials and take part in workshops and seminars.
“You are the guardians of a rich musical tradition, stemming from 18th century India but now based in Ealing. Until now no public archive has existed to help people to explore the heritage of the centuries old Benares Baaj tabla-playing tradition and its links with the UK. That has now changed, thanks to your creation of an archive, created with the help of local volunteers.”
Sue Bowers, Head of London Team at the Heritage Lottery Fund,
“Over the last three years we at PRSSV supported by a team of volunteers have broken new ground by making publically accessible what is essentially an oral musical tradition. We hope that this will enhance the understanding of the development of Indian music in the UK and inspire traditional musicians and dancers to create new ways of sharing their art forms with the public.“
Dr Frances Shepherd, Director of PRSSV