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A Concert of Indian Contemporary Music

Aruna Sairam


Soumik Datta

Sarod player

In a special performance, Sairam collaborates with British Indian composer Soumik Datta, to explore the connections between Carnatic and Western musical traditions. Leading on his signature instrument, the Sarod (19 stringed fretless lute), Soumik weaves an intriguing, global soundscape around Sairam's majestic voice to evoke a haunting and sensory world.

Join us for this rare performance presented by the Bagri Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting the arts of Asia and cultural exchange.

About Aruna Sairam

Aruna Sairam is one of the greatest classical music voices of India. Her style is rooted in the Carnatic tradition, yet continues to evolve, notably through collaborations with leading musicians such as Dominique Vellard of France (classical liturgical, medieval, and Gregorian chants); Noureddine Tahiri of Morocco (Arabo-Andalusian music); Christian Bollmann of Germany (neo-classical music); mandolin virtuoso U.Srinivas. She has performed all-over the world, at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Morocco), and the Music Academy (Chennai).

About Soumik Datta

Soumik is a leading British Indian composer and virtuoso sarod player whose concerts bridge the world of Indian classical and contemporary music. His artistic journey includes collaborations with Nitin Sawhney, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone, Akram Khan, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Talvin Singh, Manu Delago, Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Shankar Mahadevan to name a few. He has performed internationally at many prestigious venues including Southbank Centre and Shakespeare's Globe, with City of London Sinfonia and is in collaboration with Royal Opera House.

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St John's Smith Square

Smith Square
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

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