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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Anjan Saha 07973 709 315
Frances  020 8841 1614


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