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Young tabla players of the Benares Baaj tradition; will both perform and be in conversation with Dr Frances Shepherd and Sachin Khetani of the PRSSV Sangeet College Faculty plus special guests

Sachin Khetani is a senior student of the late Pandit Sharda Sahai. He started to learn Tabla at PRSSV at the age of 4 and now 20 years later he has taken classical Tabla to a more commercial audience. Sachin has worked with various artists such as Youth (Paul McCartney’s producer), Hype & fever, London Mozart Players, Spragga Benz and many more. He has a BA degree in Commercial Music and is now teaching Tabla and working alongside PRSSV and their students to stretch Indian Classical Music.

Frances Shepherd, Director of PRSSV is an ethnomusicologist is an ethnomusicologist who has specialised in the performing arts of the Indian sub-continent. She has been strategic and forward thinking in looking at the health and growth of the sector. Having been Senior Lecturer in music at Dartington College of Arts and then Kingston University, today she runs Sangeet College and oversees the teachers across the disciplines of Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Vocal and Kathak and continues to nurture musicians of tomorrow.

Hosted by Anjan Saha

Date

Sunday 20 December • 5:30pm-6:30pm

Fee

£1 to register your place.

PRSSV is a registered Charity. If you can help support our efforts to continue our work and ensure that music and dance continues to thrive in the future. Donate to support present and future generations.




Revisiting the Life of Legendary Kathak Dancer Gopi Krishna and his continued impact on Kathak dance today with celebrated Kathak dancer Ashwini Kalsekar

Ashwini Kalsekar is a celebrated Kathak artist in London, renowned for her expression, grace & footwork and her choreographies for their concepts and vibrancy. Her mother and guru, Rekha Nadgauda is a renowned dancer, and leading disciple of Pt Gopi Krishna, doyen of the Benares Gharana. Later Ashwini was groomed by Pandita Shama Bhate famed for her extensive knowledge and choreographic works. With a Masters degree in Kathak; Ashwini is shaping a new generation of Kathak artists in the UK.

Hosted by Anjan Saha

Date

Saturday 12 December • 5:30pm-6:30pm

Fee

£1 to register your place.

PRSSV is a registered Charity. If you can help support our efforts to continue our work and ensure that music and dance continues to thrive in the future. Donate to support present and future generations.




Memories of Dartington with performance artist Ansuman Biswas, ethnomusicologist Dr Frances Shepherd and guests.

Dartington College of Arts (Devon) inspired by Rabindranath Tagore was the first place in the UK promoting the traditions of Indian music and dance.

Ansuman Biswas was born in Calcutta and trained in the UK. He is interested in hybridity and interdisciplinarity. His work has included directing Shakespeare in America, touring with Björk, and been part of a ground-breaking study group for the European Space Agency on Cultural Utilisation of the International Space Station. A Director of Arts Catalyst, and the Live Art Development Agency, he has had a leading role in developing academic programmes including at Dartington College of Arts.

Frances Shepherd, Director of PRSSV is an ethnomusicologist who has specialised in the performing arts of the Indian sub-continent. She has been strategic and forward thinking in looking at the health and growth of the sector. Having been Senior Lecturer in music at Dartington College of Arts and then Kingston University, today she runs Sangeet College and oversees the teachers across the disciplines of Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Vocal and Kathak and continues to nurture musicians of tomorrow.

Hosted by Anjan Saha

Date

Saturday 28 November • 6pm-7pm

Fee

£1 to register your place.

PRSSV is a registered Charity. If you can help support our efforts to continue our work and ensure that music and dance continues to thrive in the future. Donate to support present and future generations.




Konnakal the Incredible Art of Rhythmic Recitation in the Carnatic, South Indian Percussion tradition with Maestro Prathap Ramachandra

Prathap Ramachandra is an Internationally acclaimed South Indian percussionist in London, who has performed in some of the biggest festivals around the globe. He specialises in playing Mridangam, Ghatam and Khanjira. He has accompanied many world-renowned artists from India and abroad. His cross-cultural collaborations in music and dance have allowed him to craft compelling approaches to Indian rhythms. He has mastery in Konnakol – speaking syllables while counting the Tala (meter) with the hand.

Hosted by Anjan Saha

Date

Friday 27 November • 8pm-9pm

Fee

£1 to register your place.

PRSSV is a registered Charity. If you can help support our efforts to continue our work and ensure that music and dance continues to thrive in the future. Donate to support present and future generations.




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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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

5:30pm

Book Online / Tel: 020 8574 1202

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

Venue
Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Pinner,
HA5 4EA

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

6pm

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