Midsummer's Night Music – Food for the Soul


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Midsummer's Night Music – Food for the Soul

DATE:  Friday, 21st June 2024   
TIME:  8:00pm Doors Open
START AT: 8:30pm
VENUE: The Old Gurudwara Sahib, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 
TICKETS: Standard £29.50, Concession: £22.50, Under 30s & Registered students £15:50. 

*SAA-uk Academy students & Parents get a 50% discount. To book your tickets, contact

For the first time since 1999, we are opening the doors of the Old Gurudwara Sahib at Chapeltown Road to invite you in for a mid-summer dream.

It's time to grab your cozy wrap or blanket, your favorite hot drink, and your tickets for the Leeds Summer Solstice 2024 event! This year's ticket includes an evening meal, featuring the best veggie Punjabi Street Food by KCatering, also known as Rani Aunty. Just present your purchased ticket. Free water, teas, and coffees will be available, and delicious street food snacks will be on sale throughout the night!

Join us for an extraordinary immersive experience on the shortest night of summer, inside the historic Old Gurudwara, which has been dormant since April 14, 1999.

The beautiful wooden ceiling and architecture are calling for music to fill the air! Join like-minded souls on this mid-Summer's night for the 13th Summer Solstice Festival, dedicated to the classical music traditions of South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka). This event features both renowned exponents and the next generation of torchbearers, all sharing one stage in Leeds, North UK.

This festival is a unique opportunity to support artists from the UK, India, and Australia, who rarely get the chance to share Raagdaari music associated with specific times of the evening, night, and early morning.


Chandra Chakraborty & company including Amit, Anirudha Mukherjee, Kirpal Singh Panesar, Simona Kaur Sawhney (8:30 to 10:00pm)

As night falls, lifting the curtain on a midsummer night of music, vocalist and actor Chandra Chakraborty will take to the stage with her talented team to present a spellbinding selection of Ghazals, Khayal and Thumris. She will begin with Madhya Lay Khayal, followed by Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Bhajan, and Ghazal, concluding with a classical-based Bengali Ragpradhan.

A titan within the realm of Indian Classical music, Chandra's vocals are rich with power, emotion and imbued with the essence of the most agile storyteller.  

Having taken on the role of Queen of the Underworld at the esteemed production ‘Orpheus', embodied the fearless Chandra Bai in SAA-uk's ‘Music of Courtesans', and much more, Chandra is set to bring her magic to the stage once again!

Yarlinie Thanabalasingam & Company (10:30pm to 12:00 midnight) 
As you settle into the sea of nightfall, waiting among the stars and the moon for the break of a new day, Sri Lankan and Carnatic vocalist Yarlinie Thanabalasingam will enchant the evening air with her enthralling voice and the melodies of the veena, an ancient Indian instrument closely associated with Saraswati, the Goddess of the Arts.

Yarlinie will be accompanied by Somasundara Desikar on miruthangam, an ancient percussive instrument originating in South India and popularly used in Carnatic music. Jalatharan Sithamparanathan will also provide accompaniment on violin. Though popularly recognised as a staple instrument within the world of Western Classical music, the violin has played an ever-present role in Carnatic music for 200 years. 

Aman Pal & Company (12:30am to 1:30am) Joining us for the first time in Leeds is the talented Tabla player Aman Pal. Inspired by his father, Amrit Pal aka Happy from London, then guided by the legendary Ustad Tari Khan from age 6, Aman honed his skills under the tutelage of this Maestro. 

Throughout his career, Aman has shared the stage with esteemed artists such as Ustad Tari Khan, Surinder Khan, and Jazim Sharma. This Solstice night, Aman will infuse the historic Union Chapel with the hypnotic beats of a maestro in the making. 

Nabeel Khan & Accompanied by Aman Pal Singh (2:00am to 3:30am) As whisps of light pierce through the slate sky, Sarangi player Nabeel Khan will greet the first signs of day with the moving melodies of the bowed instrument synonymous with South Asia.

Nabeel has taken the art of the sarangi across the world, including the Louvre Museum in Paris and cultural events hosted in the UAE. The next stop on his excursion is Leeds Summer Solstice Festival 2024, where he will illuminate all the colours the exquisite instrument has to offer. 

Roopa Panesar & Shahbaz Hussain (4:00am to 5:30am) Join us at sunrise as Sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar and Tabla wizard Shahbaz Hussain unite to share their extraordinary gift of Raagdaari music. 

Professor Harvinder Singh & Company (6:00am to 7:30am) In an age when maestros of the older generation express fear of the decadence of the grand tradition of Indian Classical music, Prof. Singh's music stands like the Colossus, as it were an eternal reminder of the strength of this great art. 

To book tickets and for more information, click on www.saa-uk.org or call 0113 244 5523. 


     *For The First Time in 25 Years*

Date:     Saturday 22nd June 2024
Time:    6pm - 12am
Venue: The Old Gurudwara Sahib,             
            Chapeltown Road

A rare nostalgic divan takes place at this historic site, after 25 years of being derelict. A momental night for the sangat of Leeds. For more information contact: BIKRAMPAL SINGH 07711 985582.

Credits: Arts Council England & Leeds City Council (Leeds Cultural Investment Programme) 

Supported by: Sikh Temple (Leeds LS7)  



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