Sitar and tabla recital


  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 19:00

  • Reid Concert Hall
    Bristo Square
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9AG

This concert is the culmination of a two-week visit to Scotland by Debashish Sanyal for a series of concerts, workshops and private lessons in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Debashish was born in the North Indian city of Varanasi, where he began studying sitar at the age of 4, giving him over 40 years of experience with this highly challenging and expressive instrument. Over the course of his career, Debashish has performed throughout India and toured various countries in Europe and Asia, including a previous trip to Scotland in 2015. In addition, Debashish was also visited in India by a group of University of Edinburgh students last year in order to continue with their sitar studies in his home town of Varanasi.

His visit has been organised by Music - PhD student Alec Cooper, who has been studying sitar with Debashish for the past 4 years. His trip was also supported both by the University of Edinburgh and by The Sitar Project, a group which has been promoting North Indian classical music throughout Scotland in the form of workshops and concerts since 2005.

During his trip, Debashish will run two beginner-level workshops for University of Edinburgh students on the Intercultural Music Performance course (which is taken by all Music - MA students, and is open to students across the University), and a more advanced workshop for intermediate-level students continuing from the previous year.

This last concert will also include performances by Alec Cooper and Laurence Howells on sitar, Mike Black and Hardeep Derhee on tabla, and both beginner and intermediate-level University students, who will be showcasing their work over the past academic year, and giving audiences a unique chance to witness various levels of sitar playing.

Tickets £10 (£5 for students). Contact Alec Cooper: alejandrocooper1@hotmail.com

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