Baithak LIVE / Winter Solstice special

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Baithak LIVE / Winter Solstice special

Baithak LIVE / Winter Solstice Special
MON 21 DEC 2020
from 2pm GMT on 


On the special occasion of Winter Solstice 2020, experience the magic of Indian classical music by young South Asian leading lights of the North – our very own ‘Northern Lights'!

SAA-uk's Music Mentors and students of the SAA-uk Music Academies Harsahib, Mehrbhan, Kirtan, Dilip, Aditya, Ara and Pallavi are proud to present once more, their performances for Chapel FM's annual 24-hour Music-a-thon event. Absorb a captivating medley of solos and duets on the 100-stringed santoor, the bowed dilruba, wood-carved sitar and more, which will transport you from the cold of Yorkshire to the warmth and splendour of traditional India.

Catch our Music Mentors presenting a selection of Indian classical ragas and compositions on the SAA-uk YouTube channel (@SouthAsianArtsUK) from 2pm GMT on 21st December 2020.

Vocals: Ara Madhani, student of Poloumi Chakraborty.
Dilruba: Mehrbaan Singh, student of Sri Kirpal Singh Panesar, presenting “Beloved” in Raag Bhairav.
Tabla: Dilip Singh Chaggar, student of Sri Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, presenting “Benares Baaj”, Tabla solo in Madhya Laya in Teental.
Carnatic violin: Aditya Tangirala, student of Jyotsna Srikanth, presenting “Vatapi Ganapatim” in Ragam Hamsadvani, “Manasayetulo” in Ragam Malayamarutham, and Tillana, Ragam Dhanashri, Adi Talam.
Vocals: Pallavi Khanvilkar, student of Poloumi Chakraborty, presenting Tarana based on Raag Jog and Bandish based on Raga Jaunpuri.
Santoor: Harsahib Singh Sudle, student of Ustad Harjinderpal Singh, presenting “Reunion” in Raag Bageshri.
Sitar: Kirtan Kaur Virdee, student of Jasdeep Singh Degun and Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE, presenting “Ode to Midnight”, a drut gat in Raag Kalavati.

Our Music Mentors are our gifted and talented young people that have reached the next level of technical skill and musical sensitivity in their chosen artistic discipline. If you would like to take the first step in joining the SAA-uk family and learning Indian classical music or dance, visit our Education page to book your first lesson!

Chapel FM's yearly Music-a-thon is just one of many performance opportunities we work hard to bring our dedicated students throughout the year; consider donating to ensure that the next generation of UK-based Indian classical artists are supported in their development for the future.

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The word baithak is inspired by the tradition of intimate concerts of Indian classical music, usually held in a person's private home with an audience of around 10-30 people.

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