11th June 2011

Mid-day Mantra: Rupinder Panesar

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A free monthly series presenting music from India to uplift the spirit on Saturday lunchtimes

Escape the hurly-burly, as once a month sampad and Town Hall, Symphony Hall present outstanding Asian artists from the UK and the Indian subcontinent in relaxed, informal sessions. Chill out, take your shoes off, close your eyes and experience the richness and variety of India’s musical heritage.

This month features Rupinder Panesar.

Rupinder Panesar is a rising star of the Indian music scene in the UK and abroad. She is considered to be one of the finest Sitarists to have emerged in the UK. She started learning Sitar at the age of seven with renowned musician and educationalist Ustad Dharambir Singh, disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan. Regarded from an early age as a talent for the future she was able to benefit from support and guidance from a catalogue of Indian maestros including Pandit Arvind Parikh, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Ustad Siraj Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, and Pt Ajoy Chakroborty to name a few.

Her performances have generated both excitement with audiences and respect from her peers who have recognised her outstanding ability. In recent times, she has given successful high profile concerts at The Town Hall, Birmingham where she played prior to Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma for Darbar, The Curve Theatre, Leicester, Purcell Room, London and has also in the past performed at the House of Commons and NEC Birmingham among many other venues. She recently recorded music for the film soundtrack of ‘West is West’, the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘East is East’ and also performed as a guest artist at the John Lennon Tribute Concert at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

sampad in association with Town Hall Symphony Hall. Supported by Arts Council and Coutts Charitable Trust.