How To Accompany On Tabla With Rising Star Sany Das

Do you want to learn how to accompany a singer or musicians on a rhythmic instrument? Then this session is a must for aspiring Tabla players. Sany Das (studied under the Farrukhabad and Delhi Gharanas) will show you how to accompany Bollywood songs, Bhajans and fusion. He will demonstrate how Laggi and Tihai are used to create dynamics and excitement and add colour to a performance. He will also give a grounding on how to listen and respond to music with basic improvisational skills.

Sany Das studied under Ustaad Syed Md Ali who learned tabla from Ustad Sabir Khan of the Farukabaad Grarana. He has played tabla as accompaniment with many popular artists across Bangladesh. He creates drama and high energy in his performances that enthrall audiences. Sany is currently a visiting artist in London with PRSSV.

Skill Level

Suitable for students with some basic experience of Tabla and or other percussion instruments.

Dates

Sat 22 August / 5pm

Fee

75-minute session
£8

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Understanding The Unfolding Of Raga With Sitar Master Clem Alford

An audience with one of the UK’s finest Sitar Maestros – Clem Alford.
He will draw on his many years of expertise to discuss the power and beauty of Ragas and his approach to presenting them. Suitable for anyone who is curious about Indian classical music and wishes to gain a broad overview, he will demonstrate the unfolding of a Raga and discuss tone, Taal, musicality and the artform.
Clem Alford was born in Glasgow and is known as the “Scottish Pandit” for his knowledge of Indian classical music tradition. He took to the instrument in the 1960s after being inspired by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. He has taught hundreds of people over the years in London at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and at PRSSV where he is a valued resident teacher. He has composed music for films and won several accolades in India and the West.

Suitable for all music lovers including Sitarists and other string players.

Skill Level

Talk and demonstration – suitable for all

Dates

Sat 22 August / 4pm

Fee

75-minute session
£8

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Kathak Dance With Dance Virtuoso Kakoli Shankar Mishra

Kathak workshop: a chance to work with one of the leading dancers in India. The workshop will work on Tatkar, Chakra and the execution of Toras and Tukras.

There are 2 levels to choose from:

Intermediate: For anyone who knows the basics of Tatkar and dancing Toras and Tukras and been learning for a few years and would like the chance to focus on improving your technique.

Advanced: A chance to work intensively with a performing artist with extensive knowledge and experience of the different styles of Kathak.

Kakoli Shankar Mishra is a dedicated Kathak exponent, who has mastered Kathak with perfection and grace. She is critically acclaimed and renowned for her sensitivity with Abhinaya or the art of expression in dance. Kakoli received her training under the legendary Kathak maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana and Smt. Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana.

Kakoli has had the privilege and honour of performing at various prestigious venues and events such as The Mayor of London’s Arts Festival and in presence of dignitaries, including HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Charles. Kakoli currently resides, performs and teaches Kathak in India whilst maintaining a connection with students in London as a visiting teacher with PRSSV.

Skill Level

Intermediate and Advanced

Dates

Fri 28 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1:45pm
Sat 29 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1:45pm
Sun 30 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1.45pm

Fee

Fee £25 for 3 sessions 75 minutes each
Single session £10

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Odissi Dance With International Exponent Sushmita Pati

A series of classes covering the basics of Odissi – one of the major dance forms of India which follows the principles of the Natyashastra. You will be learning directly from international Odissi dancer and choreographer Sushmita Pati. Topics covered include attention to dance gestures and the Anga Suddhi movements and rhythms of Odissi, and you will be learning a short dance piece. 

The first 2 sessions will be practically orientated, and the last session will cover some theoretical aspects of Odissi. 

Sushmita Pati is an international Odissi dancer and choreographer who is based in Hampshire and is choreographer at Kala the Arts. Her training in India was with the late Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, one of the finest choreographers of Odissi. She introduced Odissi to the UK in the late 1980s and was the first Odissi teacher at London’s Bhavan Centre.

Her work was presented as part of the opening of renowned Anvil concert hall, Basingstoke, and she continues to present solo performances at regional venues with Hampshire Dance.

Skill Level

Intermediate and Advanced

Dates

Thurs 20 August / 7pm
Fri 21 August / 7pm
Sat 22 August / 2pm

Fee

£25 for 3 sessions 75 minutes each
Single session £10

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