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.


Sat 22 August / 5pm


75-minute session

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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


Sat 22 August / 4pm


75-minute session

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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


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 £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


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


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

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Gayaki Ang – Partha Bose & Esha Bandyopadhyay

We welcome two wonderful artists from India for this special double bill concert of Gayaki Ang, so named as it refers to singing as well as to a vocal approach of playing the sitar.

PRSSV’s Baithak series (intimate music gatherings) provide unique opportunities for audiences to experience Indian classical art forms at close quarters.

1st Half

Esha Bandoyapadhyay, an outstanding vocalist reputed for her mellifluous voice and her mastery of the different vocal forms – Khyal, Thumri (Purab Ang), Dadra and Bhajan.

2nd Half

Pt. Partha Bose is a highly acclaimed sitar player form India with 35 years of performances in India and abroad. He is renowned for his ability to weave technical virtuosity with emotional expression.

They will be accompanied on Tabla by Dheeraj Sahai-Mishra, ‘a player of rhythmic virtuosity’(Songlines magazine) and on Harmonium by Sunil Jadhav, a versatile musician and composer.

Sunday 2 June 2019


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£14 Advance purchase
£16 On the door (under 8 years are free)
£6 Concession tickets (under 16, unwaged, OAP)

Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Pinner,

Parampara 2020

Join the students and teachers of PRSSV Sangeet College for their 30th anniversary year celebrations. See the next generation of talent in a dazzling array in large and small ensembles of Indian vocal, Bansuri (flute),Sitar, Tabla players and Kathak dancers.

The evening will culminate with ‘Brahmand’ in which you will be immersed with projections and soundscapes while being taken on a journey through the universe with rhythm, Kathak dance and Ragas.

Sangeet College provides innovative training methods and contemporary accredited qualifications for Indian music and dance traditions. It is a department of PRSSV, a charitable trust set up in 1987 which plays an active role in preserving this rich heritage of Indian performing arts by

of redefining how Indian music/dance and musicians contribute to the musical life of the UK.

– providing access for students and practitioners of all ages to develop their passion for Indian music and dance.

– their Heritage Centre: a living legacy of film, recordings and interviews of Indian music and dance.

– curating events for spaces ranging from national galleries, arts centres and festivals.

Indian Classical Music is one of the finest ancient art forms of the world. Apart from its beauty and entertaining qualities as a pure performing art, its spiritual propensity as well as its ability to positively affect and enhance one’s mental and intellectual capacities in multiple ways is well acknowledge” (Raga Sangeet by Samarth Nagarkar).

01 November 2020


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Tickets £12.50/£6 concession (under 12, unwaged, OAP)
Venue Elliot Hall, Harrow Arts Centre

Professor Karaikudi S. Subramanian

Prof. Karaikudi Subramanian is one of the senior and fore most Vina maestros in India. As a ninth generation performing artiste in a family of Vina players, Prof. Subramanian started learning Vina from his mother Lakshmi Ammal and later became the disciple of his grand uncle and adoptive father, the legendary Vina player, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer (1888-1958). He has also learnt from and performed with his sister Rajeswari Padmanabhan and Ranganaki Rajagopalan.

He was awarded Ph.D in Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University, for his thesis: “South Indian Vina-Tradition and Individual Style” (1985), with a fellowship from Asian Cultural Council in 1983. He retired as a Professor of Music from the University of Madras (1986-2002).

His record album ‘Music Fur Vina’, with Rajeswari Padmanabhan made by Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin-1975 won the Schallplatten Kritik Award in 1980. His Vina album ‘Sunada’ with Prof.Trichy Sankaran won the Naird Award, (USA-1991). He has been performing and collaborating with leading world musicians and been a visiting professor at Universities across the globe for nearly four decades. He has produced and directed music educational programs for festivals and a television serial in Singapore & India. He has presented and published many articles in International seminars, most notably by AIIS, New Delhi (1993) and VWB-Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, Germany (2002).

He founded Brhaddhvani, Research and Training Centre for Musics of the world in Chennai (1989) with Dr. S. Seetha (former head of department of music at University of Madras), and developed a system for holistic music education, Correlated Objective Music Education and Training (COMET), combining tradition and technology, arts and science, preservation and propagation methods reaching out to world musicians, dancers, actors, children and music therapy. The COMET system of education has benefitted over 5000 children both in rural and urban areas in South India as well as creating jobs for music teachers. Since 2015 Prof. Subramanian has been conducting annual workshops in Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom and the USA. A few of his disciples have started Brhaddhvani, Global Centre for Music in Denmark and United Kingdom to propagate his pioneering methodology, COMET and spread the Karaikudi Vina Tradition.

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra, a Hindustani Classical vocalist/performer, belongs to two of the most respected families of the Benaras Gharana. His paternal grandfather was Late Pt. Baijnath Prasad Mishra of the Benaras Gharana of Sarangi and maternal grandfather was Late Pt. Sharda Sahai (Direct descendant of Pt. Ram Sahai-ji, the founder of Banaras style of tabla playing).

He is the son of Pt. Triloki Nath Mishra and ‘Gandabandh Shishya’ (senior most Disciple) of the legendary Padmavibhushan Girija Devi-herself a disciple of his great grandfather, Late Pt. Sarju Prasad Mishra. Rahul is professionally trained in most of the forms of Vocal Hindustani Classical, that are typical of the Benaras Gharana, including: Khayal,Thumri,Tappa,Dadra,chaiti,kajri,Hori,Bhajan etc.

Furthermore, he also holds a Praveen Degree from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabaad.
And, has been an Awardee for ‘Excellence in Vocal Music’ from Rotary club (Kolkata) and ‘Sur Mani’ from Sur Singar Samsad-Mumbai. He is also is a National Scholarship holder from Ministry of Culture and Visiting Vocal Classical Faculty in PRSSF Varanasi, India.

In 2014, he collaborated on a fusion album showcasing his style of Hindustani Vocal Classical music with a U.S. Based singer/songwriter, and his colleague from Girija Devi’s Gurukul-ITIDA, in an album titled, ‘Des-Pardes’ released by Hungama music, in which Rahul Mishra has also been involved as a Music Composer.

In late 2014-Present, he became the Co-founder of the Band called ‘Des-Pardes’ with ITIDA, a collaboration concept based Band, which works with artists of various backgrounds from all over the world, to bring Benaras Gharana Classical/Indian Sufi & Folk and the music of the West together, through fusion! The Band is the first international fusion band to be the part of Legendary Music composer A.R Rehman’s music company called “Qyuki”, and has performed in various parts of India, receiving great appreciation by all.

Rahul Mishra is working towards a Goal that his Late Grandfather Pt.Sharda Sahai started, ‘Each one, Teach one!’ through which he gives free music education to the people who can’t afford to learn music and have a bright future and also by educating foreign artists the combination of Indian classical and Western music similarity and growth together.

Kakoli Shankar Mishra

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

Her talents and potential as a Kathak artist were sharpened and polished by her gurus transforming her into a mesmerising performer. She has been honoured with “NRITYA BHUSHAN SANMAN” from Society of Action through Music.

To her credit, Kakoli has given numerous performances at prominent venues all over the world including countries such as India, UK, US, Germany, France and Belgium. 

A dedicated teacher of Kathak, Kakoli also holds a Sangeet Bivakar degree in Classical Vocal Music. Her grace, rhythm and versatility are evident in her performance.

In London, she was a Freelance Performer, teacher and choreographer and a guest lecturer of dance at “UEL” (University of East London). Kakoli was also a resident teacher for the International Dance Festival in Glasgow, involving students of 10 Scottish schools, whilst simultaneously holding a teaching position in London with the South London Music and Culture Group.

Subsequently, she taught in Pt. Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya at Harrow Arts Center and Compass Theatre, Ickenham. 

Kakoli has had the privilege and honour of performing at various prestigious venues such as The Mayor of London’s Arts Festival and in presence of dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Lady Camilla Parker Bowles. 

Currently, she is residing and teaching Kathak in India and maintains a connection with studentsin London as a visiting teacher at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidhyalaya. 

Kiranpal Singh

Kiranpal Singh journeyed from the foothills of Kenya’s Kilimanjaro to UK and Mumbai. Suffused with a great curiosity and philosophy for life and the larger world, this 100 string Santoor playing troubadour takes his music around the world to weave the magic of glistening web like ragas on his musical loom.

Kiranpal Singh Deoora is one of a select few performers of Indian Classical Music on the Santoor. He is one of the UK’s leading musicians, having learnt his art in the traditional way in Bombay, from the Santoor innovator Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma through the support of His Holiness Satguru Jagjit Singh Maharaj, the then spiritual Head of Namdhari Sikhs.

Born in Tanazania, Kiranpal now lives in London. He plays regular concerts all over the globe. He has played for HRH Prince Phillip at Buckingham Palace, as well as South Bank Halls numerous times. He has played at Spittalfields Festival and London Mela as well as other prestigious festivals. His mastery of the advanced techniques of the Santoor has allowed him to develop a wide repertoire and reveal his spontaneous imagination in performance.