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South Asian Arts-uk

SAA-uk is a significant South Asian music and dance organisation delivering a diverse range of programming and activities in an environment that enables both the contemporary and the traditional to flourish through collaboration and performance. Our investment supports its core activities.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £113,000
  • 2013-2014: £115,712
  • 2014-2015: £118,721

Video feed

Uday Bhawalkar singing Dhrupad - Indian Classical Music

Pandit Uday Bhawalkar and Awad Pratap Balasaheb perform during the summer solstice, starting at 6am in the morning and carrying us through the break of dawn. The summer solstice, hosted in Leeds (UK), brings us the sounds of the Indian classical music from dusk till dawn. During this night, internationally acclaimed artists gather to share the music of the mind, body and soul, deeply imbedded in the Raags of sunset, night, dawn and sunrise. We would like to extend our thanks to GNNSJ (Leeds 11) for their hospitality and support. More info and photos: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Summer_Solstice_Festival_2014-21-06-2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157644967384869/ Pandit Uday Bhawalkar - Dhrupad Vocal Awad Pratap Balasaheb - Pakhawaj Seetal Kaur Gahir - Tanpura Gunwant Kaur - Tanpura Video Editing: Ángel Ponce (Canarywarp) Audio Mastering: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Folow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

Pratap Balasaheb on Pakhwaj - Indian Classical Music

Awad Pratap Balasaheb plays the Pakhawaj ft. Jasdeep Singh Degun playing the Harmonium. The summer solstice, hosted in Leeds (UK), brings us the sounds of the Indian classical music from dusk till dawn. During this night, internationally acclaimed artists gather to share the music of the mind, body and soul, deeply imbedded in the Raags of sunset, night, dawn and sunrise. More info and photos: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Summer_Solstice_Festival_2014-21-06-2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157644967384869/ Pakhawaj - Awad Pratap Balasaheb Harmonium - Jasdeep Singh Degun Video Editing: Ángel Ponce (Canarywarp) Audio Mastering: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Folow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

Natya Utsav Highlights

In 2014, SAA-uk celebrated once again the progress and achievements of its academy students. Natya Utsav was an evening full of colourful costumes, ornate jewellery and choreography that provided a unique insight in Indian Classical dance forms that originated from the north and south of India. More info and photos: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Natya_Utsav_SAA-uk_Dance_Academy_Showcase_2014-12-07-2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157645648979671/ Video Editing: Ángel Ponce (Canarywarp) Urban-Natyam Music (kindly provided by): Tarana by Shri Other music courtesy of Chitraleka Dance Company About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

Ramprapanna Bhattacharya Improvises with the Sitar (Raag Suha Sughrai)

Raag Suha Sughrai with Ramprapanna Bhattacharya. The summer solstice, hosted in Leeds (UK), brings us the sounds of the Indian classical music from dusk till dawn. During this night, internationally acclaimed artists gather to share the music of the mind, body and soul, deeply imbedded in the Raags of sunset, night, dawn and sunrise. More info and photos: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Summer_Solstice_Festival_2014-21-06-2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157644967384869/ This is the second clip of the Summer Solstice Festival 2014. Sitar - Ramprapanna Bhattacharya Tabla - Kousic Sen Video Editing: Ángel Ponce (Canarywarp) Audio Mastering: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Folow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

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Solstice Festival ft. Ustad Harjinderpal Singh (Alaap Raag Jog)

The summer solstice, hosted in Leeds (UK), brings us the sounds of the Indian classical music from dusk till dawn. During this night, internationally acclaimed artists gather to share the music of the mind, body and soul, deeply imbedded in the Raags of sunset, night, dawn and sunrise. More info and photos: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Summer_Solstice_Festival_2014-21-06-2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157644967384869/ This is the first of several clips that will be released of the Summer Solstice Festival 2014. Santoor - Ustad Harjunderpal Singh Tabla - Sri Kousic Sen (not performing) Video Editing: Ángel Ponce (Canarywarp) Audio Mastering: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Folow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

Leeds Indian Classical Music Summer School

Open to all musicians from young to old and beginner to experienced with an interest in Indian music. SAA-uk's summer school in Leeds (UK) offers the guidance for children and adults to learn this musical genre through the lessons of world renowned artists in the genre. Children will learn the principles of Indian classical music while having fun and making new friends. Adults can also enjoy the expertise of our teachers and relax for a week through the sound of music. More information and photos at: http://www.saa-uk.org/education_summerschools.php https://www.flickr.com/photos/saauk/sets/72157645861509387/ Sitar with Ustad Dharambir Singh, Roopa Panesar and team. Tabla with Bhupinder Singh Chaggar and team. Santoor with Ustad Harjinderpal Singh and team Bowed Instruments Ustad Surjeet Singh and Kirpal Singh Panesar. Sarod with Arnab Chakrabarty Vocals with Poulomi Chakrabarty and Kaviraj Singh Video Editing and Recording by Angel Ponce (Canarywarp) About: SAA-uk's mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary south Asian music and dance. More info at http://www.saa-uk.org Folow us on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/southasianartuk http://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk

Roopa Panesar: Bhairavi Dhun

A beautiful dhun by the beautiful Roopa Panesar accompanied by Bhupinder Chaggar on Tabla, performed in Budapest as a part of Trafo music concerts. Be sure to watch till the end as the audience response is crazy! Enjoy this beautiful dhun... in Raag Bhairavi. www.saa-uk.org.uk twitter @southasianartuk

SAA-uk: Deepa Nair Rasiya: Raag Puriya Danashri

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The Lords of the Dance - Saa-UK

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South Asian Arts UK - An Evening of Sacred Music: Ramya Tangirala

Within this video we have interviewed Ramya Tangirala and Prathap Ramachandra (Mridangam accompanist) and asked them to share a bit about their background in Carnatic Music and Percussion. Prathap ji also briefly touches upon the history of the Mridangam - or a version of. This footage ends with a five min clip of the concert to give you a mini taster of what you missed this fine evening. Enjoy, An Evening of Sacred Music featuring Ramya Tangirala and accompanied by Prathap Ramachandra on Mridangam and Achuthan Sripathmanathan on Violin. Twitter: https://twitter.com/southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Instagram: @southasianartsuk Website: http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson_concerts.php

South Asian Arts UK - Solstice 2013

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Kamalbir Singh - Raag Bihag (Special Interview)

Saauk Presents Kamalbir Singh accompanied by Shahbaz Hussain on Tabla. This video consists of a short interview with both the artists to give you a small look into our musicians musical journeys with a short 5 min clip of pure, beautiful performance footage from the concert to end with! Enjoy. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk TWITTER: https://twitter.com/southasianartuk WEBSITE: http://saa-uk.org/

Raag Puriya Dhanashri - Vanessa Rani (2012)

Going back to 2012 where we had a very beautiful and talented singer perform for us. Her unique Vanessa Rani has a versatile but unique tone and style. Her influences include Jazz, a variety of world music styles, reggae and popular culture style music. This particular piece was composed by the renowned Guitarist Giuliano Modarelli based in a Indian Melodic Scale/Musical mode - Raga Puriya Dhanashri http://saa-uk.org/artist/Vanessa_Chutterghoon twitter @southasianartuk

SAA-UK - New Moon Quartet (2011)

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Ustad Surjeet Sing and Craig Monk - Raag Madhuvanti

This concert featured Maestro Ustad Surjeet Singh on Sarangi and his student Craig Monk on Violin. Together they shared a musical conversation with two ancient stringed instruments through the romantic and colourful Raga Madhuvanti. Tabla accompaniment by Bhupinder Singh Chaggar. 'A rare treat to hear Violin and Sarangi being played together' - Keran SAA-uk C.E.O Twitter: https://twitter.com/southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Website for more information and contact details: https://www.saa-uk.org/ Edited By Dilrani Kaur

Bangalore Dreams - Sprint (Ft. Jyotsna Srikanth & Company)

Bangalore Dreams features one of Europe's leading violinist frin the Carnatic Classical tradition, Jyotsn Srikanth. This evening was an event not to be missed by lovers of classical, comtemporary and Jazz music. Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED : www.saa-uk.org.uk

Carnatic singing - the opening of Vidya 2013

Carnatic vocalist Ramya Tangirala is accompanied by Akshaya, Sanjita and Samyukta - three of her singing students - at SAA-uk's dance showcase in June 2013. SAA-uk is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds City Council and this concert took place at Northern Ballet, Leeds. Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED : www.saa-uk.org.uk

Arun Ghosh - Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)

South Asian Suite - Arun Ghosh LIVE Performance at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds (UK) 25th October 2013 Born in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and living in London, Arun Ghosh's musical style represents his rich cultural heritage. The British-Asian clarinettist and composer is a leading light on the UK Jazz scene, captivating audiences and critics with his passionate and dynamic performance style, eloquent musical expression and a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll spirit. Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: www.saa-uk.org.uk

'Anand' Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Thursday 26th September 2013 At Seven Arts Centre, Leeds Tofail and Gurpreet Singh are UK based musicians trained in North Indian Classical Music. They're a duet that has performed regularly across the UK presenting a selection of Ghazals, Geets, Bhajans and Tarana with an equal ease to audiences of all backgrounds. The pair shared their love and passion for music of the heart and soul with the people of Leeds. Through presenting repertoire that spans the 10 decades of Indian Cinema, the evening brought glorious memories for grandparents all the way through to grandchildren. http://saa-uk.org/whatson/Anand-26-09-2013 Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: www.saa-uk.org.uk

'Vidya' Dance - SAA-uk Dance Academy

Special Thanks to Chitraleka Dance Academy for Bharatanatyam Music And Music Credits to Pandit Ajoy Pohankar for Kathak Discover a world of grace, poise and beauty as the SAA-uk Dance Academy present Vidyā, an evening of classical Indian dance, by students of Smt. Devika Rao and Smt. Aditi Sen. Bharatanatyam combines expression and rhythm with sculptural-esque movement and will be performed by dancers as young as three, whilst Kathak is full of graceful movement interspersed with spins and lightning fast footwork. Both dance forms brought stories to life and this evening will explore the journey that our students have been on for the past year. They celebrate a year of hard work with new and unique performances! http://saa-uk.org/whatson/Vidya-28-06-2013 Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: http://www.saa-uk.org.uk

SAA-UK - Light Night 2013

SAA-uk senior Bharatanatyam dancers perform "Alive/Alight" at Leeds Town Hall as part of Light Night 2013. The piece was choreographed by the girls with their teacher, Rashmi Sudhir, and presents classical bharatanatyam with an urban twist. SAA-uk youth dancers Simran, Jyoti, Tia and Tonicka performed to over 460 people as part of the event. Their five performances of Urban-Natyam, which presented classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance in dramatic UV lighting and costumes, really wowed the crowds! They also delivered five short workshops for audiences to learn basic steps, with around 70 people taking part. We thank our lovely teacher, Rashmi Sudhir, for supporting the dancers with this work. Well done girls, you made us very proud Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: http://www.saa-uk.org.uk

Momentous with SAA uk dancers

dancers Momentous, created by Illuminos, it featured over 1200 people from Leeds. We were lucky enough to catch it when our Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers appeared - check out all four corners of the building!In October 2013, a giant projection transformed Leeds Civic Hall into an enormous, spinning, ticking, and whirring clock face. Magical cogs, levers, chimes and video footage of Leeds people, art and culture transformed into clockwork figures marked the passing of time over three momentous nights. SAA-uk were privileged to take part in this project, with Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancers and Dhol students, as well as Keran herself, being filmed for the projection. SAA-uk Dholis dropped into the doors as skateboarders whizzed past; and our dancers graced all four corners of the building as line dancing ladies trotted by. It was quite a sight to behold! Congratulations to lluminos and Leeds Inspired for a truly magical project. www.saa-uk.org.uk twitter @southasianartuk

'Masters Agam' - Agam (Without Sorrow)

Stuart Masters combines Western and Indian Classical, Folk, and Celtic influences to create a unique, hybrid style of guitar playing. He was invited to play at the Shanghai International Finger-Style Guitar Festival in 2011, returning to play in China the following year. Having begun his musical life playing the violin, he soon discovered the allure of the steel string guitar and its potential to communicate the folk sounds of the British Isles, as well innumerable other musical styles. 2013 sees the release of a new solo album, 'Odonata', and a cross-cultural collaboration with renowned Sarode and Rebab player, Rishi Ranjan. Stuart Masters (Oud) @mastersstuart Giuliano Modarella (Guitar) @GiulsModarelli Harkiret Singh Bahra (Tabla) Vanessa Rani (Vocals) Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: http://www.saa-uk.org.uk Edited by: Dilrani Kaur @dilusionall

'Masters Agam' - Stuart Masters: Hungry River Cobbler

Thursday 23rd May 2013 Stuart Masters combines Western and Indian Classical, Folk, and Celtic influences to create a unique, hybrid style, with pure, haunting vocals. His self-produced debut album came out in 2010, and 2013 sees the release of his solo album, 'Odonata'. Twitter: @southasianartuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAsianArtsUk Our website for more info and upcoming events NOT TO BE MISSED: http://www.saa-uk.org.uk @southasianartuk @mastersstuart @dilusionall

Sunset Song - Ustad Dharambir Singh, Dr Vijay Rajput and Bhupinder Chaggar

Features: Dr. Vijay Rajput -- Vocals, Dharambir Singh -- Surbahar, Bhupinder Singh on Tabla, Dilrani Kaur on Surmandal, Seetal Gahir on Tanpura Rāg Maarva- a raga of sombre mood. Normally sung at sunset, the time when human beings have time after a long day to remember, long, unite and celebrate.Opera North in conjunction with SAA-uk, are delighted to bring you an evening of classical Indian music; specially chosen for the time and season. Central to Hindustani tradition is the concept of performing ragas at specific times of the day and year, allowing the composition to reveal the true essence and beauty of the music. What unfolds is a truly magical experience. In 'Sunset Song' a raga for sunset is paired with another played during the monsoon (in India later in the year, but in UK rather suitable for April showers). Experience the divine music of sunset, as twilight falls around you in an intimate and welcoming concert. Performed in a relaxed setting amongst the audience, by musicians including the highly esteemed Ustad Dharamabir Singh MBE on Sitar, Dr. Vijay Rajput on Vocals, Sri Bhupinder Singh on Percussion, Kaviraj Singh on Santoor, Dilrani Kaur on Surmandal and Seetal Kaur Gahir on Tanpura. www.saa-uk.org.uk twitter @southasianartuk Dharambir @sitarsingh Bhupinder @bhupinderchagga Dilrani @dilusionall Seetal @seetal_

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