Tabla and Kathak Recital – June 24, 2012 – London, UK

BHAVAN CENTRE
Kathak Department of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, UK
24th June 2012 at 6.30pm

Tabla Solo by Deepak Sahai of the Benares Gharana, courtesy of PRSSV
With harmonium accompaniment by Fida Hussain

Kathak Dance recital by Dr Kumkum Dhar.
Disciple of the great Guru Shri Lachhu Maharaj Ji of Lucknow Gharana.

Tickets £10
T: 020 7381 3086/020 7381 4608
M: 079848 37806

Kathak / Flamenco Dance Performance at Kew Gardens – May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7th 2012
Kew Gardens, London, UK

This Bank Holiday Monday join Priya Pawar and friends for an open air dance and music performance in front of the Temperate House. Fusion of Indian classical style dance and flamenco inspired by nature’s seasons.

Deepak Sahai appears courtesy of Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya.

Programme:
12am-1pm – dance performance on stage with live music
1.15pm-2.00pm – live music on stage
2.30pm-3.30pm – dance performance on stage with live music

The event is free to the visitors of the Gardens.

More information is available at the Kew Gardens website.

An Evening of Kathak Dance by Abhay Shankar Mishra, accompanied by Deepak Sahai

An Evening of Kathak Dance

by

Abhay Shankar Mishra
Internationally Renowned Kathak Exponent

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 6:30pm

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
4A Castletown Road, London, UK

UPDATE – DEEPAK SAHAI TO PERFORM TABLA ON THIS VERY SPECIAL DANCE PERFORMANCE.

Abhay Shankar Mishra is one of the leading exponents of Kathak dance in the UK and in the world today. A mesmerizing performer, dynamic teacher, and creative choreographer of Kathak, Abhay currently lives and works in London. Born into a family steeped in musical tradition and trained under world-renowned Gurus, namely Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt Urmila Nagar Ji and late Pandit Pandey Maharaj, Abhay had the unique experience of learning all three of the major Gharanas of Kathak, i.e., Lucknow, Jaipur, and Banaras. He draws on his vast experience to achieve a beautiful blend of all three Gharanas in his work. He has performed internationally in Germany, Austria, France, North Korea and in South Africa. He also performed in Madrid, Spain, Italy at the Indian High Commission – duet with a leading flamenco dancer, Anna.

Deepak Sahai hails from one of the oldest and most respected music lineages in India. He is the direct descendent of the famed Pandit Ram Sahai and represents the sixth generation of the Benares Gharana of tabla playing. His Guruji and uncle was the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai. He gave his debut concert in Calcutta, at the age of 16. Since then he has performed widely across India performing with many of the great artists including Padmashree Uma Sharma of Delhi, Padmabushan Sitara Devi (kathak) and Pashupatinath Mishra (vocal).  He is a founding member of the hugely popular tabla trio, Dhamaka, which has received rave reviews. Currently he is based in the UK and is the resident artist at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya. Deepakís playing is highly respected for his beautiful tonal control, strength of sound and musicality; this coupled with his in depth knowledge of solo and accompaniment traditions makes for a truly formidable artist. Deepak Sahai appears courtesy of Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidaylaya.

Baithak – May 16, 2010

BAITHAK

An intimate music & dance recital with acclaimed classical artists

Sunday 16 May 2010 5pm – 7pm

Experience the unique interaction between artists and their audience in traditionalbaithak style in the exquisite surroundings of the Laurent Delaye Gallery, Mayfair.

*** NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE ***

Donation£15 per person (£10 PRSSV students and families) – in advance only. Book early, as places limited. Includes light refreshment.

Contactfrances@sahai.org 0208 574 1202

Venue:
Laurent Delaye Gallery
First Floor
11 Savile Row
London
W1S 3PG

[Underground: Green Park, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly]

Ashwini Kalsekar, Mehboob Nadeem and Dheeraj Mishra are affiliated artists and teachers of the PRSSV. The Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV) now in its 23rd year, works to enhance the practice, understanding and appreciation of the music and dance of South Asia and related art forms.

Laurent Delaye Gallery, kindly made available by Laurent Delaye.

 

Tabla Jugalbandi – February 19, 2010

Friday, 19 February 2010 at 6:45 pm

Pritpal Singh Rai and Narinderjit Singh Lallie

Two leading musicians from the younger generation present a mesmerising tabla recital in the Benares tradition. Their Guru is the legendary tabla virtuoso Pandit Sharda Sahai. In Tabla Jugalbandi Narinderjit and Pritpal will take you on a journey through the ancient city of Benares, ably demonstrating the richness, complexity and beauty of Benares’ melodious rhythmic traditions. Both have performed with reputed artists and their playing has attracted many plaudits with performances that display their wide knowledge of Indian music.

  

Pritpal Singh Rai is currently working for the Birmingham Music Services and, together with Narinderjit Singh Lallie, has been under the guidance of Pandit Sharda Sahai since 1999.  This event forms part of the ‘Jalsa 2010’ series.

Accompanist : Gurpal Singh (harmonium)

In association with Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation (www.sahai.org)

Shaam-e-Ghazal

Shaam e Ghazal

Saturday 23 May, 2009 at 7.30pm, is a Ghazal evening, presented in association with PRSSV (Sangeet College) with Surendra Kumar and Unnati Dasgupta and top musicians – not to be missed!

Tickets £10/8 (see attached flyer.) ALL TICKETS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE ATwww.harrowarts.com or through the box office on 0208 416 8989 (Mon – Fri)

PRSSV at the V&A Museum

PANDIT RAM SAHAI SANGIT VIDYALAYA AT THE V&A MUSEUM

V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER, 2008

The Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV) has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the first ASIAN ARTS TRAIL in the U.K for students of North and South Indian Music and Dance, working in collaboration with 2 National Museums, the Horniman Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. As part of this project students, their families and tutors will spend the day at the V&A. You are welcome to join us and attend the performances:-

12.15 – 1.30pm:
PRSSV Student showcases of Bharatanatyam dance, Carnatic vocal ensembles, tabla ensembles and flute ensemble in the Raphael Room and Nehru Gallery.

3pm – 4pm:
Kathak dance recital with live musicians – traditional dance piece,
followed by a specially commissioned fusion piece – in the Raphael Room

Entrance – Free

Sangitanjali – Tabla Duet – July 22, 2007

Sunday morning recitals of Music and Dance
Dominion Arts Education Centre, Southall, London, UK
11.30am – 12.30am prompt, voluntary contribution

Sangitanjali refers to the worship of Sangeet.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dheeraj Mishra is a promising young tabla player from India currently receiving  training under his Guru, Pandit Sharda Sahai.   He started learning the tabla at the age of 7 and played his first concert when he was 11 and by the time he was 14 he came first in the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy competition in Uttar Pradesh.  He has performed at numerous events in his native city Benares (India) both solo and in duet with his cousin Sumeet Mishra.

Since coming to the UK he has appeared in several festivals and concerts including in ‘Tabla Duet’ at Ipswich Mela and with ‘Lost Luggage’ music/poetry group at Nehru Centre, London.  More recently he accompanied the kathak dancers Annuradha Chaturvedi at Chiddlingly Festival (2006) and Shruti Soni at Diwali Festival in the Dominion Arts and Education Centre (Southall).  In June 2006 he represented the UK at ‘Toca Rufar’ youth festival in Seixal (Portugal).

Dheeraj passed Prabhakar (B.Mus.) in First Division in 2003.  He is currently in the work experience programme at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya in West London.

Sumeet Mishra belongs to a musical family and grew up in a musical environment in India where he performed regularly with members of his family. He is currently learning with his grand-father Pandit Sharda Shaai who is a world famous tabla maestro and head of the Benares Gharana.

Since coming to the UK in 2004 he has performed at many events and festivals, incuding SC Tabla Ensemble at London Mela 2004 (Ealing), Tabla Duo at ‘Year of the Volunteer 2005’ celebrations in January 2006 at the City Hall (London), Ipswich Mela – July 2006. At the Cheltenham Festival 2006 he joined his uncle, the internationally famous tabla player Sanju Sahai in a tabla trio with his brother Dheeraj Mishra. Sumeet has accompanied different artists including the kathak dancer Anuradha Chaturvedi at Chiddingly Festival 2006 (Sussex), classical vocalist Asmita Kardile at Divali Celebration 2006 concert at the Dominion Arts and Education Centre (Southall) and in ‘Parampara’ marathon concert he performed with a South Asian ensemble led by Carnatic Violinist Shree Nagaraju. More recently he accompanied the internationally famous sitarist Mehboob Nadeem in the 2007 foyer concert series at the National Theatre foyer concert.

Sumeet’s dream is to work with all sorts of music in collaboration with artists from around the globe. Performances include London Mela 2006 (Ealing) he worked with the ‘BBC 1’ DJ, Bobby Friction as part of which he was interviewed for the ‘BBC 1’ programme ‘BBC on The Road’. He represented the UK at ‘Portugal a’Rufar 2006’ (Seixal) where he had a chance to work with percussionists and musicians from five different European countries.

Sumeet is currently in the work experience programme at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya in West London where he assists in the training of young tabla players.

WHERE
Begin your Sunday in the heart of ‘Old Southall’ with an offering of
sangeet.  Enjoy sangeet in the company of lovers of music, dance and
the arts in an informal atmosphere of the ‘mehfil’.
Paddington to Southall in 20 minutes and a few minutes walk.

WHY
We wish to bring performers and audiences together in the intimate
atmosphere of the ‘mehfil’ to create a network of like minded people to
contribute to the creative re-growth in Southall.

HOW
With over 20 years experience of bringing the highest art to anyone
with a love of South Asian arts, PRSF is creating a learning resource
centre serviced by a dedicated team who work across arts and are happy
to talk.

Limited seating available. Booking essential.
email: frances_ann@hotmail.com

Dominion Arts Education Centre
112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ

Anjan Saha 07973 709 315
Frances  020 8841 1614

EMAIL
frances_ann@hotmail.com

PRSF are proud to be supported by Tulsi tea
www.eastern-venture.com
Supporting tea cultivation in India. In today’s stressful and challenging environment, Tulsi Tea makes an ideal accompaniment with its restorative properties, “The Elixir of Life”.

Tabla Blah Blah – Sunday, August 12, 2007

TABLA BLAH BLAH

What happens when a tabla guru, a radio 1 DJ and young upcoming tabla players come together?  Add to the equation visual projections, 360 degree sound and soundscapes you’ve got Tabla Blah Blah.  

Music Director & Composer– Pandit Sharda Sahai
Electronica & Sampling – Bobby Friction
Conceived & commissioned by London Mela Director Ajay Chhabra
Visual Animateur – Rob Rainbow
Performers  – Sangeet College Tabla Ensemble
Project Curation – Anjan Saha & Frances Shepherd
Tabla trainers – Pandit Sharda Sahai, Frances Shepherd,
Training assistants – Sumeet Mishra and Dheeraj Mishra
Tour Manager – Mahendra Shah
Design by Cabein

Tabla Blah Blah  brings together tabla legend Pandit Sharda Sahai, Bobby Friction of Radio 1 and visual animateur Rob Rainbow.  Ajay Chhabra, Festival Director presents an iconic image of the tabla and its representation traditionally and currently and forms part of the Mela Trilogy.

PRESS RELEASE

Tabla Blah Blah is a landmark commission bringing together two giants in their own fields, one hails from a traditional music heritage and the other from an urban music background.  Performed by young up and coming musicians with live visual projections.

Tabla Blah Blah presents an iconic image of the tabla.  The meeting of the DJ and Guru.  What does Tabla Blah Blah mean?  Is it a closing down of an information saturated world or is the rhythmic spoken language of the tabla?

WHEN: 3.30pm and 6.50pm on Sunday 12 August 2007

WHERE: London Mela, Gunnersbury Park, Pope’s Lane, Ealing W5 4NE

                   2 performances at Community Cabaret Stage

London Mela in partnership with Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation announces its new commission Tabla Blah Blah at City Hall, on Monday 8th May 2007, Ajay Chhabra, artistic director of the London Mela, announced to a packed house at City Hall, before London Mayor Ken Livingstone, the second installment of new commissions, Tabla Blah Blah.  This new piece features live performance, soundscapes with video visuals and is a collaboration between DJ and broadcaster Bobby Friction and leading tabla virtuoso Pandit Sharda Sahai. The developed piece will be performed by Sangeet College Tabla Ensemble in August 12th 2007 with live visual projections by Rob Rainbow.

The tabla players are comprised from the Sangeet College Ensemble, 5 -15 years of age and have performed three years consecutively at the London Mela.  The students are adept at playing from classical, folk to fusion compositions and rhythms on tabla and multi-percussion.

Ajay Chhabra said “These children represent what the Mela is about, they have grown up performing at the London Mela and their energy and passion forms the backbone of creativity which emerges each year from the event”.

Pandit Sharda Sahai who headlined the classical stage last year with Shree Balachander (Mridangam player) stated “The tabla tradition is very strong in today’s generation and the London Mela has always been a wonderful place to experience it. I am very excited at how we will be able to show the versatility of the tabla through working in new ways.”

The brief: Conceived by Ajay Chhabra –  DJ Bobby Friction will work alongside Pandit Sharda Sahai and the members of the ensemble to produce a sound track and visuals and a rhythmic piece drawing both from the traditional tabla repertoire and the eclectic musical experiences of the students.

NOTES

Pandit Sharda Sahai

With an unmatched reputation as a tabla virtuoso and master of tradition and versatility, he has performed over a thousand concerts worldwide accompanying musical legends such as sitarist Ravi Shankar, composer John Cage, sarodist Amjad Ali Khan and violinist V. G. Jog.  Renowned as a classical musician of the first order he has also been a pioneer with cross over collaborations with Nexus, Manodharma and Andy Sheppard.  He is the teacher and Guru of the members of the Sangeet College Ensemble.

DJ Bobby Friction

 Bobby Friction is an award winning DJ and journalist with a background in performance art.  In 2007 he received his third Sony Gold Award for “The Friction Show” on BBC Asian Network, specialising in the British Asian Urban experience.  He has created well received documentaries such as Friction in Europe, an investigation into the theory that young people from the new European states are flocking into the UK, and Vote Friction, where he investigated the BNP in Burnley.  Recently he has signed a three album deal with Sony BMG India.

Ajay Chhabra

Ajay Chhabra directed The Six Figures of City Hall in Oslo, Norway. He conceived and directed “In the Dholdrums”, was a key devisor with Emergency

Exit Arts and created the UK’s first Asian stilt-walking performance. His two award winning productions Hamari Kahani and Inner City Lives were both pioneering projects, revealing the harsh realities of two very ordinary groups, one coming to terms with old age, the other of gang murder. He completed an Arts Council Directors Bursary with physical theatre specialist David Glass and has collaborated with designer Keith Khan, comedy director Cal McCrystal and live art wiz Tatsuo Miyajima.

Rob Rainbow

Acclaimed visual animator, Robert will take images and iconagraphy around the tabla, time and culture and visualise this in realtime.  Co-director of the short film “In Passing” which is featured on the experimental film section of the BBC film site.

Sangeet College Tabla Ensemble

Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation

Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation provides a wide scope of opportunity for all people interested in the learning, performance and teaching of South Asian music and dance. As a member of the National Federation of Music Societies, the Foundation has been heavily involved in the promotion of concerts of internationally acclaimed and up and coming artists both in theUK and abroad. The foundation has been keen to promote unity and a cross exchange of cultures amongst musicians, organising performances that bring together virtuosos as well as promoting young and up coming artists.  Creative directors on this project are Anjan Saha and Frances Shepherd

www.sahai.org

Watch Tabla Blah Blah on YouTube.com

For interviews and high resolution images contact:

Anjan Saha 07973 709 315

anjan@anjansaha.com

Sangitanjali – June 17, 2007

Sunday morning recitals of Music and Dance
Dominion Arts Education Centre, Southall, London, UK
11.30am – 12.30am prompt, voluntary contribution

Shawn Mativetsky –tabla

Shawn Mativetsky
Versatile percussionist Shawn Mativetskyperforms in a variety of musical genres with dynamism and skill. Equally at home in Western classical and contemporary/new music, Indian classical music, and world music, Shawn also composes and performs music for dance and theatre. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and the United States. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion, both privately and at McGill University, where he directs the McGill Tabla Ensemble.

Shawn Mativetsky is a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares tabla gharana and has also studied tabla with Bob Becker. In addition, he has studied Western classical percussion with Pierre Béluse, D’Arcy Gray, Andrei Malashenko, and Robert Slapcoff, and the percussion of Kathakali dance-theatre with Bruno Paquet. Shawn holds a Master’s degree in music from McGill University and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

PRSF are proud to be supported by Tulsi tea
www.eastern-venture.com
Supporting tea cultivation in India. In today’s stressful and challenging environment, Tulsi Tea makes an ideal accompaniment with its restorative properties, “The Elixir of Life”.

Sangitanjali refers to the worship of Sangeet.

WHERE
Begin your Sunday in the heart of ‘Old Southall’ with an offering of
sangeet.  Enjoy sangeet in the company of lovers of music, dance and
the arts in an informal atmosphere of the ‘mehfil’.  Miss the rush hour
traffic, free parking on single yellow lines, time to shop, Roxy
restaurant next door, Paddington to Southall in 20 minutes and 5
minutes walk.

WHY
Although the prominence of Indian music has risen due to concerts in
high profile venues, the spontaneity which one gets in India is rarely
experienced here.  PRSF has a tradition of bringing the highest art
into the homes of anyone with a love of music where there is a student
or a listener. We wish to bring performers and audiences together in the intimate
atmosphere of the ‘mehfil’ to create a network of like minded people to
contribute to the creative re-growth in Southall.

HOW
With over 20 years experience of bringing the highest art to anyone
with a love of South Asian arts, PRSF is creating a learning resource
centre serviced by a dedicated team who work across arts and are happy
to talk. We are excited to do innovative things music around paintings,
listening to archival recordings, lecture series, plus recitals of
Carnatic Vocal, Bharatnatyam, Flute, Indian orchestra etc.  We welcome
your ideas.

Limited seating available.  For an idea of
numbers please email: frances_ann@hotmail.com

Dominion Arts Education Centre
112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ

Anjan Saha 07973 709 315
Frances  020 8841 1614

EMAIL
frances_ann@hotmail.com