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SPRING / SUMMER 2014 ‘Preserving the traditional, facilitating the contemporary’

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Contents Message from the Chief Performance Remembering Abba Deepa Nair Rasiya in Concert  The Lords of the Dance Summer Solstice Festival The Mango Tree  Uday Bhawalkar in Concert Poetry in Song ft Shaheen Khan Inner Vision Orchestra Jyoti Thakar in Concert Music and Dance to the Masses Virsa Festival Funders and Partners


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SAA-uk’s mission is to enrich people’s lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian music and dance. Welcome to our brand new ‘flip round brochure’, which I am certain will inspire you to take part and join us over the Spring and Summer. 2014 to 2015 is a year that we will focus on celebrating ‘Women in the Arts’, as well as a whole host of diverse Art and Cultural activities on offer through the 100 day Yorkshire Cultural Festival leading up to the Tour de France Grand Departé and beyond. In May we launch our Concert series celebrating Women in the world of Indian Classical Music with the distinctive vocals of Deepa Nair, closely followed by the Lords of Dance an exploration of male personality through dance. But we kick off the whole season by acknowledging the great contribution to Indian classical music made by the late Ustād Vilayat Khan through an intimate concert at the National Centre for Early Music in York featuring UK torch bearer of Indian Classical Music Ustād Dharambir Singh MBE, the formidable tabla player Pandit Yogesh Samsi and rising star Kaviraj Singh. The Summer Solstice Festival 2014, now in its third year, takes place on 21st June 2014 at Holy Trinity Leeds. This is an unforgettable experience of the very best of Indian Classical Music played from Sunset to Sunrise in the heart of the City of Leeds. If you have not attended before, then do not miss out this year. Check out page 8-9 for the line up. Music and Dance to the Masses is a festival of the rich artistic and cultural traditions of the South Asian Communities of Leeds and Yorkshire; from Folk music and dance in the street to classical concerts from lunch time to twilight. This all takes place between May, June and July 2014 (see page 12-13) SAA-uk’s vibrant learning programme culminates in July with end of year sharing; an opportunity for students to perform for family and friends in both classical dance and music, I hope you can join us and show your support for their collective journeys (see page 14) Bringing the Summer to a close will be our Annual Summer School 2014; a unique opportunity for musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to immerse themselves in learning and participating in Indian classical music from Sitar to Tabla with internationally renowned Ustads, all the way through to singing gurbani, ghazals, geets and Punjabi songs with vocalist Shaheen Khan As always, the SAA-uk Board, team and I look forward to welcoming you personally to the entire offer and getting to know you better. Keranjeet Kaur Virdee Chief Executive 4/5

Deepa Nair Rasiya in Concert

Friday 2nd May 2014 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Seven Arts 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Tickets: £9 / £5 / £28 Group of 4 £20 Family (2 adults and up to 3 under 16’s) | Only £3.00 for SAA-uk and YYM student Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Online: Website:

MAY 2014

Deepa Nair Rasiya launches SAA-uk’s ‘Women in Music’ Concert Series 2014; celebrating the continued contribution women have and are making to the world of Indian Classical Music. In addition, two Yorkshire Young Musicians, Jaskiran Kaur and Simran Obhan will share their vocal talents. Deepa is a British Indian singer songwriter born and raised in London. Being of South Indian parentage, her initiation into Indian music was in the Carnatic vocal tradition. However, as a teenager growing up in Britain, she studied and explored Western Classical music, and as a young adult, developed a deep interest in North Indian Hindustani music, the exploration of which she continues to date - more recently, under the guidance of her Guru Smt Veena Sahasrabuddhe (Gwalior Gharana). Deepa is a performer, recording artiste, a session musician for film and TV, a composer as well as teacher of Indian Vocal Music. Over the years her vocals have featured on numerous global music projects notably with legends such as George Harrison and Pandit Ravi Shankar on their album ‘Chants of India’; the Café Del Mar and the Buddha Bar series and many more; she has also sung on major film background scores such as ‘Bride and Prejudice’ and ‘Mistress of Spices’ In 2006, Deepa released her debut solo album, ‘Into the Light’ - her first production as a fully-fledged Indian composer/songwriter and vocalist. The album offered a distinctive and unparalleled sound achieved by the skilled blend of Indian vocals and Western instrumentation. Deepa’s much- awaited second album is due for release in 2014.


The Lords of the Dance

MAY 2014

Friday 16th May 2014 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Seven Arts 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Tickets: £9 / £5 / £28 Group of 4 £20 Family (2 adults and up to 3 under 16’s) | Only £3.00 for SAA-uk and YYM student Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Online: Website:

SAA-uk is delighted to welcome London-based Kshetra Dance Company, artistically directed by Santosh Menon. Santosh trained at the famous Kalakshetra Academy in Chennai founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale in January 1936. For the first time audiences in Leeds will have the rare opportunity to experience Indian Classical dance by four male dancers; Santosh Menon, Swarup Menon, Vinod Nair and Vineet Pillai. The dancers will present their exploration and interpretation of two renowned deities Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna through their passion of pure Bharatanatyam Dance. The evening will open with Pushpanjali, a traditional invocation, followed by three pieces about Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva, concluding with a fastpaced Thillana. This is one of two concerts dedicated to Men in Dance.



Join Us for an enchanting evening of music, story, dance and shadow. This is a show for everyone and will appeal to all ages. Step into the world of Musical Arc and enjoy this Indian folk tale featuring kings, demons princesses, magic and love..... 10/11

Uday Bhawalkar In Concert

Sunday 22nd June 2014 Time: 7.00pm Venue: Sage Gateshead, NRF Hall Tickets: £10 (concessions available)/£25 Family ticket Box Office Online: Phone: 0191 443 4661

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Uday Bhawalkar is a standard bearer for Dhrupad, and a strong force in its growing recognition and popularity. Trained by Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and later under his elder brother, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar Sahab, Uday ji is a musician who passionately believes that immersing oneself in the note of a Rāg, the self disappears and music takes on its own existence; the principle of ‘darshan’. We are delighted that Uday Ji joins us this evening to share this passion, and provides the audience with an opportunity to immerse themselves in each note that is sung and enjoy a summers evening through one of the oldest forms of North Indian Classical Music. Uday ji will share the majestic and subtle nuances of this genre through his own unique style that is deeply imbedded in rāg ras and bhaav. Uday will be accompanied by Awad Pratap Balasaheb on pakhavaj, an instrument with a deep mellow sound, rich harmonics and said to have been created in 14th Century during the reign of Akbar. A GEM Arts and Sage Gateshead partnership, supported by SAA-uk

AURAT - Celebrating Women in the Arts

MAY - July 2014

Saturday 24th May 2014 Dil ki Baatein - Poetry in Song 7.30pm to 9.30pm Bangladeshi Centre, Roundhay Road. Leeds LS8 5AN

FREE! SAA-uk is delighted to welcome back Shaheen Khan leading UK Ghazal and Sufi Singer will be in LEEDS along with Sunil Jadhav on Harmonium and Alok Verma on Tabla/Dholak for very special event that marks the end of ‘KHUSHI’; a joint project challenging attitudes to Mental Health. Join us to listen to recitations of original poetry in Urdu and English followed by compositions by renowned poets all the way through to classics by Jagjit Singh. An evening of Poetry, Song and a cup of Chai with family, friends and fellow music lovers

Thursday 3rd July 2014 Melodious Strings by Jyoti Thakar and Narinderjit Singh 6.00pm to 8.00pm Arts@Trinity, Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6HW

FREE! Twilight chill out for visitors, shoppers and city professionals of Leeds, in the company of Jyoti Thakar a sixth generation sitarist who offers the astute listener a musical experience culled from centuries-old family tradition and a life-time of dedicated study. An evening not to be missed!

Saturday 5th July 2014 Inner Vision Orchestra Presented by Baluji Shrivastav 7.00pm to 9.00pm Arts@Trinity, Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6HW

FREE! Presenting an extraordinary group of people who are blind or partially sighted and have used music to give their lives direction and purpose. Back by popular demand from their success at the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony and 2013 sell out tour. Inner Vision Orchestra is looking forward to sharing their music and much more with everyone at the Yorkshire Festival 2014 in the heart of Leeds . Funded by

Join us for an evening that will transform how you hear music through this amazing orchestra.

For more information about all these events: call 0113 244 5523 or visit 12/13

‘Music and Dance to the Masses’

MAY - July 2014

‘Music and Dance to the Masses’

brought to you by Leeds’ diverse South Asian Communities The only way is the Yorkshire way to celebrate arts and culture! SAA-uk artists and the South Asian creative community are coming together in the summer months of May, June and July 2014, to share their rich art and cultural practice with local communities and visitors.

Look out for high energy Bhangra Dance, Ras Garba the famous stick dance of Gujarat, Bengali folk dance and loads more. Dance in the streets of Leeds, rock to the beat of the Dhol on your way to Harrogate or relax to the very best of Indian Classical Music across Leeds a city known for its statues, owls and down to earth friendly people. SAA-uk are injecting colorful flavors to the Yorkshire Cultural Festival, happening all across the region to mark the Grande Departé of the Tour De France, one of the world’s greatest sporting events.

Where: Leeds City Centre and beyond between 24th May to 5th July 2014 For Schedule and full details check out and | #leedsinspired More info: call SAA-uk on 0113 244 552


JULY 2014

SAA-uk’s VIRSA Festival 2014 Celebrating our Rich Heritage of Indian Classical Music thriving in Yorkshire

SAA-uk Music Academies and newly established Yorkshire Indian Music Youth Ensemble invite you to a two day festival taking place at West Yorkshire Playhouse - Courtyard Theatre

Friday 25th July 2014

Day 1: Starts with Dilrubha, Santoor, and Yorkshire Indian Music Youth Ensemble and brought to a close by maestros of Indian Classical Music

7.00pm to 9.00pm Saturday 26th July 2014 7.00pm to 9.00pm Venue: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP Festival Passes Two day Festival pass £12 standard, £8 concession and Family pass - £35 One day Festival pass £7 standard and £ 5 concession and Family pass £20 Box Office: 0113 213 7700 Online:’s-on/ More info : and 14/15

One academic year on and all students of the Leeds Indian Music Academy are ready to invite you all to share in their achievements.

Day 2: Starts with Sarod, Sitar, Tabla and brought to a close by up and coming Indian Classical Musicians of the UK So come along to support and experience the journey that each musician, listen to over 50 talented children, young people and adults as they present a series of Rags, Taals on some the worlds most beautiful instruments popularized by Pt. Ravi Shankar and the Beatles and Missy Elliot. Inspired to learn? then join us at SAA-uk Summer School (see Learning and Participation page 4) For more details of all of SAA-uk’s events, go to

‘An evening that promises to be a mesmerising musical experience’





Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (Leeds)



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KEY FUN FESTIVALS OF SOUTH ASIA North India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South India and Sri Lanka Here are just a few festivals and celebrations to put in your diaries and explore over coming year Ramadan June 28th – July 28th 2014 | Eid al-Fitr (Rojar Eid) July 28th – 30th 2014 All over the world Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan – a period of personal and spiritual reflection, improvement and devotion. The end of Ramadan - Eid-ulFitr is celebrated with great devotion, with relatives and neighbours gathering to share the joys of this festival with each other.

Eid al-Adha (Korbani Eid) October 4th – 7th 2014 Eid al-Adha means “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. It also marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca. Suggested workshops: Creating Eid cards, exploring mendhi patterns, Islamic calligraphy or decorating tiles inspired by geometric patterns.

Diwali 23rd October 2014 This ancient Hindu festival is celebrated every Autumn and is commonly known as the “festival of lights.” Spiritually it signifies the victory of light over darkness. Celebrations incorporate the lighting of lanterns, fireworks, prayers, and parties. It’s a very happy festival, with people decorating their homes, joining together to create Rangoli and exchanging gifts. Suggested workshops: Create Rangoli or enjoy Indian dance workshops

Uttarayan and the Indian Kite Festival January 14th 2015 Uttarayan is a highlight of the Hindu festival calendar and marks the day when Winter begins to turn into Summer, with more sunlight helping crops grow. Many cities enjoy a two day holiday and organise kite competitions. The idea of flying kites to celebrate Uttarayan was introduced by Muslims from Persia, but today people of all faiths and backgrounds gather together to fly kites in Gujarat each January. Suggested workshops: making, decorating and flying kites!

Holi March 6th 2015 This ancient Hindu festival is commonly known as the “festival of colours” and represents the arrival of Spring. What better reason to sing, dance, drum and immerse yourself in vibrant colours and costumes?! Suggested workshops: Take your pick from dance, music, or colourful arts and crafts, all with a joyous, celebratory feel to mark the vibrancy of Holi.

Vaisakhi 14th April 2015 Vaisakhi is celebrated across the North Indian subcontinent, particularly by Sikhs in the Punjab region. For Hindus and Buddhists it is the start of the New Year. It bears similarity to the Harvest Festival sometimes celebrated in the UK as it marks the beginning of the Spring harvest, as well as the birth of Khalsa (the collective body of initiated Sikhs). Celebration can include parties, parades, beautiful arrangements of flowers, fruits and grains, and in the UK and USA people use this time of year to do “seva” – selfless, charitable service. Suggested workshops: Explore Punjabi folk arts such as Gidha Boliyan, or enjoy season-inspired arts and crafts.

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South Asian arts and culture in schools and communities TO BOOK CALL: 0113 244 5523 Email: SAA-uk regularly takes our work into schools and communities and are keen to explore new ideas and partnerships. We can create one off workshops, assemblies or longer term projects that meet your specific needs, whether they have an educational emphasis or focus on fun and collaboration. We can offer dance-inspired activities for all age groups that fulfil the Government’s School PE and Sport Strategy, with emphasis on supporting, engaging and inspiring all children to participate in physical activity that is both challenging and enormous fun. Are you a school or community group looking to engage or explore the diverse South Asian faiths, Art and cultures? Then SAA-uk is here to help you. We have a pool or approved artists that deliver fun bespoke workshops to your school or group and enrich the learning of your pupils! 1 day visit - 4 x 1hr workshop to specified year group - Cost £300 per day plus travel ½ day visit - 2 x 1 hr workshops to a specific year group - Cost £180 per day plus travel SAA-uk also offers Residencies – please give us a call on 0113 244 5523 or email education@saa-uk to discuss your needs. This work forms part of our on-going commitment to engaging new participants and promote the rich South Asian arts that are part of our UK heritage. We offer music, dance, drama, storytelling and visual arts workshops delivered by artists who are experts in their field and experienced at working with people of all ages and abilities. SAA-uk have a strong background in developing projects with and for communities, working with community centres, children’s centres, youth groups, libraries, and older people’s groups.

“The artist included aspects of Indian culture, PHSE, facial expression and incorporated lots of hand movements to include wheelchair users” Teacher at Brooklands School, Dance Workshop

Arts Award

SAA-uk staff are also trained in the delivery and support of Arts Award – inspiring young people to develop arts and leadership skills at five different levels from ages 5 to 25. Visit www. for more details and give us a call if you want to discuss the possibility of delivering this with your school or community group.


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SAA-uk’s Natya Utsav 2014

Saturday 12th July Time: 7-9pm Venue: The Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, LEEDS LS7 4BH Tickets: £7 full price £4 concessions (child/OAP/Student/unemployed) Box Office: 0113 219 3018 Online: SAA-uk Indian Dance Academy lead tutors Rashmi Sudhir and Aditi Sen invite everyone to celebrate the achievements of all students age 3.5 years to adults, who have been training in the art of Bharatanatyam and Kathak Dance for the past academic year. The evening will be full of rich colourful costumes; ornate jewelry and choreography that will provide a unique insight to Indian classical dance forms that have originated from North and South Indian, but are now part of the diverse art and cultural landscape of the UK. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy pure classical Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak. Senior Bharatanatyam students have a treat in store for audiences as they push the language of dance beyond its boundaries to explore the ‘Teen’ years. This is an evening for parents, friends, and lovers of dance, art and culture to join together for a Fantastic Event!

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SAA-uk OUT AND ABOUT Museums at Night Saturday 17th May Time: evening – check website for full details Venue: Thackray Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN Tickets: £9 Adult, £5 child, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £25, concessions £8, Children under 5 go free. Further information Tel: 0113 244 4343 Museums at Night is an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events. Join us at the Thackray Medical Museum as it comes alive with music, arts activities and performances suitable for all the family, including a special performance by SAA-uk. Check our website for full details nearer the time.

The Yorkshire Festival and the Grand Depart April - July 2014 The Yorkshire Festival 2014, 100 days of art and culture to celebrate the Tour de France, begins on 27th March 2014 leading up to the Grand Depart in Leeds on 6th July 2014. The arrival of the biggest bike race in the world is being lead by a new celebration of what we have to offer all over the city and region, including hundreds of opportunities to delve into a rich variety of arts and culture – including work from SAA-uk. Look out for us! Further information: |

Breeze on Briggate Saturday 19th July Venue: Outdoor stage near Debenhams, Briggate, Leeds Tickets: FREE event This year’s Breeze Arts Festival (19th-27th July) brings a variety of events by and for young people to the city of Leeds. Join SAA-uk’s young dancers as they take to the stage for Breeze on Briggate – a large stage outside Debenhams featuring a real variety of young talent. Come along and support Team SAA-uk! 12/13

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Folk Music and Dance of the Punjab The rich cultural heritage of the Punjab is reflected in its music and dance. This colourful part of the world is the birthplace of Bhangra – a fusion of lively music and dance. In its earliest form it was a celebratory folk dance of Vaisakhi, the coming of the Spring.

Dhol – get Folky and Funky! Calling anyone with a passion for percussion - come along and learn to play the Dhol! When Tuesday evenings 29th April – 8th July Classes Young beginners 6:30-7:15pm Intermediate: 7:15-8:00pm Where Bracken Edge Primary School Newton Road, LEEDS LS7 4HE Fees JUST! £35 per term

Punjabi Geet and Boliyan Learn a Folk song or Boli or two, and have a go at playing the Dholaki, in this friendly community group. When Tuesday evenings 29th April – 8th July Classes 7pm – 8pm Where Bracken Edge Primary School Newton Road, LEEDS LS7 4HE Fees JUST! £25 per term This group is available for event bookings please contact SAA-uk for more details.

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Join in us at the Hindu Cultural Centre to develop your musical skills and appreciation for the fine art of Indian classical music. When Term dates: Monday 28th April – Monday 23rd June 2014 (no session on 5th May & 26th May) Where Hull and East Riding Hindu Cultural Centre 7 Park Street HULL HU2 8TA Time 6.00pm to 8.00pm Cost £120 per term per participant

We offer • • • • •

Weekly classes in Sitar, Sarod, Santoor and Tabla Tuition from World Class musicians Practical interactive learning, theory and music appreciation Clear structured programme Performance opportunities

You can find out more at email or call us on 0113 2445523. 10/11

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SAA-uk LEEDS INDIAN Developing Skills, raising aspirations, increasing confidence and We offer • Explore Indian classical music and learn to play sitar, sarod, rubab, guitar, dilruba, sarangi, taus, santoor, tabla and to sing • Tuition from World Class Musicians • Classes for a range of abilities and age groups • Family discounts are available, and some subsidies on request

When Sunday 27th April – Sunday 20th July 2014 (no session on 4th May & 1st June)

Where GNNSJ, Punjabi School (second floor), 78 Lady Pit Lane LEEDS LS11 6DP



Learn rhythm and tone on this beautiful hammered dulcimer from the mountains of Kashmir - Led by Ustad Harjinderpal Singh Ji

Learn or expand your knowledge on the most popular Hindustani instrument. Led by Ustad Dharambir Singh

Intermediate Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm Fee: £95 per term

Intermediate Class for Children Time: 4.15pm-5.15pm Fee: £75 per term

Beginners Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm Fee: £75 per term

Beginners Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm Fee: £75 per term Intermediate Class for Adults Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm Fee: £75 per term

Bowed Instruments Explore raag music on a range of bowed instruments, including Western instruments such as violin for more experienced players. Led by Ustad Surjit Singh Beginners/Developers Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm Fee: £95 per term Experienced Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm Fee: £95 per term

MUSIC AcademY sharing cultural values through South Asian Music

Some of the great benefits learning music through SAA-uk • • • • •

Develop and unlock your creative potential Feel empowered to participate in cultural and community activities Build your self-esteem, confidence and cultural pride through high quality performance opportunities Develop skills in Teamwork, time management and leadership Improve concentration stamina and memory

Rules at the Venue Tobacco, drugs, meat or egg products are NOT permitted on the premises. Heads must be covered; where comfortable clothing and Jeans are not recommended.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Observed practice and 1-2-1 sessions via Skype are available.

Sarod Learn how to play this popular, deeply resonating Hindustani stringed instrument. More experienced players are welcome to join with Western plucked instruments such as guitar. Led by Sri Arnab Chakrabarty. Beginners Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm Fee: £75 per term Intermediate Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm Fee: £95 per term

Tabla Try your hand at this universally loved percussion instrument that accompanies a range of musical styles, Led by Ustad Bhupinder Singh Chaggar Experienced Time: 4.00pm-6.30pm Fee: £95 per term Intermediate Time: 4.00pm-6.30pm Fee: £95 per term

Please contact a SAA-uk member of staff for more details. Free places for supporting parents and discounts are available for additional family members and those on low incomes for all SAA-uk classes. Please call SAA-uk on 0113 244 5523 or email for more information

Beginners Time: 4.00pm-6.30pm Fee: £95 per term 8/9

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SAA-uk Indian Dance Join us every Friday to study Bharatanatyam and Kathak dance. The South Indian dance of Bharatanatyam combines grace, poise, rhythm and sculptured movement. Kathak uses delicate body movement, spins and fast footwork to enhance the fine art of storytelling.

When Fridays during term time from 2nd May to 18th July (no sessions 30th May and 20th June)

Where Studios 6 and 7, Northern School of Contemporary Dance 98 Chapeltown Road Leeds LS7 4BH

Bharatanatyam Dance and Carnatic Vocals Tutors: Rashmi Sudhir, Rushia Uzmi and Ramya Tangirala

Tots Bharatanatyam

Level 1 Bharatanatyam

Level 2 Bharatanatyam

Beginners aged 3-5 years Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm Term Fees: £65

Children aged 5+ who have achieved pre-grade standard Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm (1 hour of dance followed by 30 minutes vocal training) Term Fees: £95

Children and young people aged 7+ who have passed Grade 1 Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm (30 minutes of vocals followed by 1 hour of dance) Term Fees: £95

N.B we currently do not have a Level 3 group, but would establish one should enough dancers who have passed Grade 2 approach us

“It increased her socio-cultural understanding. She is now eager to show her dance skills to her friends which improved her self-confidence” – parent of Bharatanatyam dance student

Academy The benefits of participating: • Explore South Asian arts and culture • Enjoy fun, yet structured classes • Benefit from body toning, fitness and stamina building • Make new friends and improve confidence and self-esteem

The advantages of studying dance with SAA-uk: • Professional tuition from experienced artists and teachers • Ten classes each term • Classes taught in professional spaces, fully equipped with sprung dance floors • Our Bharatantayam classes follow ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) syllabi and is complemented by professional tuition in Carnatic vocals • Participants have opportunities to perform in professional venues • Strong policies and procedures for safeguarding children, up to date CRB/DBS checks • Full public liability insurance

Kathak Dance Tutor: Aditi Sen

Level 4 Bharatanatyam

Kathak for Beginners

Children and young people aged 10+ who have passed Grade 3 Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm (30 minutes of vocals followed by 1 hour of dance) Term Fees: £95

For 5 years to Adult Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm Term Fees: £65.00 per term

Kathak Intermediate Adults and young people with some experience Time: 8.00pm to 9.00pm Term Fees: £65 per term

You can find out more at email or call us on 0113 2445523. 6/7

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When 6-8pm Thursday evenings 1st May – 10th July

Where Carr Manor Community School, Carr Manor Road, Leeds LS17 5DJ

Fees ÂŁ25 per term (bursaries available) After a two successful terms, the Yorkshire Indian Music Youth Ensemble continues to offer a unique ensemble experience to young musicians aged 8-25. Guided by professional musicians Bhupinder Singh Chaggar and Arnab Chakrabarty, YIMYE focuses on the study and performance of classical Raags alongside a variety of instruments and musuicans, alongside encouraging the creation of new music. If you are a young musician with a level of proficiency equivalent to Grade 3 or more, feel free to get in touch. Call Maria or Keran on 0113 2445523 or email

Contents Message from the Maria Spadafora Learn & Participate  SAA-uk Music Summer School Yorkshire Indian Music Youth Ensemble Bharatanatyam Dance Academy Kathak Dance Academy Indian Music Academy (Leeds) Folk Music and Dance of the Punjab Indian Music Academy (Hull) Natya Utsav- Dance Academy Sharing SAA-uk Out and About Festivals of South Asia SAA-uk in Schools and Communities


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Learning and Participation with SAA-uk Welcome to SAA-uk’s new “flipped” brochure! In this half you’ll find everything you need to know about learning and engaging with music, dance and other art forms through SAA-uk. Flip the brochure over and you’ll find a programme jam-packed with exciting concerts and performances! Whether you’re an absolute beginner or advanced learner, an adult or child, a school or a community group, there is something for everyone across the next few pages. And if you want to try a new activity with no obligation to continue, you are welcome to come along and give one of our classes a go (we’re pretty sure you’ll want to come back for more!). SAA-uk take an holistic approach to learning, giving our students access to performance opportunities through professional and community platforms wherever possible. We believe performing your art, whatever stage of learning you are at, boosts confidence and inspires others to join in. So please also check out our performance dates at local events and come along to support our wonderful students and teachers! If you ever have any questions or queries feel free to get in touch by phone on 0113 2445523 or email I am generally in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Maria Spadafora Community Engagement Officer


Learn & Participate SPRING / SUMMER 2014 Positive Engagement and Unlocking Creative Potential

South Asian Arts-uk Spring Summer 2014 Brochure  

South Asian Arts-uk Spring Summer 2014 Brochure detailing events and classes of Indian Classical Music and Dance