Great British Gharana

23 Nov 2012 | 19:30 until 22:00

The Southbank Centre

Celebrating the fascinating sound of British Indian classical music, this concert features a host of professional and emerging artists living in Britain, including the performers of Rasikapriyas*, The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan*, Samyo* and The Rhythm Yatra ensemble*.

The concert also celebrates the work of Dharambir Singh and Mehboob Nadeem and features a host of acclaimed percussionists, including Kousic Sen, Bangalore Prathap, RN Prakash and Upneet Dhadyalla, as well as up-and-coming artists Roopa Panesar, Raaheel Husain, Jessica Mistry and Akash Patel.

A Gharana is a particular style of teaching and performance in Indian classical music, which might be followed by generations of families or groups. With immigration to Britain and the influx of superb Indian music artists, Britain is now home to a unique new Gharana that reflects contemporary British culture and audiences today.

The Great British Gharana is a celebration and showcase of some of Britain’s best Indian music talents, and features six different ensembles of North Indian and South Indian melody and rhythm, in the first ever concert event of its kind.

Rasikapriyas – Conducted by Somusundara Desigar
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan ensemble  – Conducted by Sivasakthi Sivanesan
Samyo – Conducted by Gaurav Mazumdar
Rhythm Yatra ensemble – Conducted by R.R Prathap 

If you support British Indian music don’t miss this concert!

£12, £10  (50% limited concessions available)


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Over the coming weeks we’ll be featuring interviews with each of the ensembles playing at the Great British Gharana – a great way to learn more about their music and their thoughts on being a part of the British Gharana!  See below for a list of interviews which are ready to read:

Interview with the Samyo ensemble conductor, Gaurav Mazumdar – Click here

Box office information


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX


0844 847 9910


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