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AUTUMn / WINTER 15/16 ‘Preserving the traditional, facilitating the contemporary’

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Contents Message from the Chief


Performance Pandit Shivkumar Sharma in Concert 5 Confluence Festival 2015 6 Music to Heal the Soul – Sitar Recital 7 Echoes of the Himalayas 7 Diwali Delight – Bramham 8 Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – Bollywood Classics 9 Unnati – Indigo Soul 10

Printed on FSC Paper Disclaimer: Information in this publication is accurate at the time of going to press, but events and event performers may be subject to change without notice. For the latest information please visit SAA-uk is a Registered Charity (No. 1080292) and a Company Ltd. By Guarantee (No. 3391845)

SAA-uk’s Mission ‘is to enrich people’s lives through the engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian Music and Dance’ SAA-uk is passionate about everyone having the right to create, present, produce and access great art through all our artistic programmes. In light of this, the SAA-uk ‘Ideas Group’ has played a key role in shaping our offer over recent and forthcoming seasons, allowing us to make good on our promise of a greater voice for our audiences and participants. Having listened to the group and taken on board feedback from audience, artists, and participants alike, SAA-uk will kick start the Autumn/Winter Season with a Grand Master Musician, the world renowned Santoorist, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on the 12th September 2015 at the VENUE, Quarry Hill, Leeds. This is his first visit to the City of Leeds and we really want you to join us in this unique opportunity of welcoming this International artist to Yorkshire. The concerts that follow on are very much about offering each of you a unique and memorable experience of diverse music in diverse venues across the region; from reaching new audiences in the Confluence Festival at St Edmunds Church and Diwali Delights at Bramham village hall to a wonderful tour of Bollywood classics in the form of Gaata Rahe Mera Dil during the month of love, February. Art and Culture is an essential part of what makes life colourful and it’s so easy to take it, and each other, for granted. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who invests in our work from the ticket buyer, donor and funders. You keep the music, dance and culture alive and thriving in these tough times, and the entire SAA-uk team are eternally grateful. With the same breath I would implore you to continue supporting us as you have been doing. Bring along friends to the next event, spread the message of SAA-uk’s classes and academies and share your experiences with everyone you meet and your networks including those across the fast growing virtual world. So take a close look in our flip over brochure and book you tickets, join me and my team to create more memories and stories to share with others. To make a donation simply visit our ‘Support Us’ page via Thank you Keranjeet Kaur Virdee C.EO/Artistic Director 4/5

Confluence Festival 2015


The World of Art & Culture on your Doorsteps A Multi-Cultural Variety Show Sunday 20th September Time: From 3.30pm Venue: St Edmund’s Parish Hall, Lidgett Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds LS8


Tickets: £8/£5 under 18’s, OAP’s and Students. Online:

Get ready for a colourful, thrilling stage performance showcasing talent from a spectrum of Leeds and Yorkshire’s diverse communities followed by a tasty Asian Buffet courtesy of Aagrah Restaurant.

Reservation and info: SAA-uk on 0113 244 5523 or Makor on 0113 2680899

Featuring: SAA-uk Music & Dance Academies - Jewish Stand-up Comedy Japanese Harpist - African Vocals – Muslim, Jewish and African Poetry – Klezmer Band - Bollywood Dance.

Music to Heal the Soul


Featuring: Sitarist Nikhil Patwardan Accompanied by Partha Mukherjee on Tabla Saturday 24th October Time: 8.00pm Venue: Yoga space, 378 Meanwood Rd, Leeds LS7 2JF Tickets: £10 standard / £5 concession £30 group of 4 / £25 family (2 adults & up to 3 children) Online: Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Website:

Join SAA-uk in welcoming to Leeds for the first time two artists of the NEXT GENERATION from India; Sitarist Nikhil Patwardan and Partha Mukherjee on Tabla. The evening will be an opportunity to listen and enjoy pure North Indian Classical Music. Each movement (Alaap, Jor, Gat, and Jhala) of the Raag will take you on a journey that we hope will touch your mind, body and soul in a month when Durga is being remembered. Not to be missed!

Echoes of the Himalayas


Featuring Kaviraj Singh & Pritpal Singh Rai Wednesday 9th December Time: 1.05pm Venue: The VENUE, 3 Quarry Hill Leeds LS2 7PD

FREE! Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 or Visit: or

A lunch time escape to dream of distant lands through the enchanting sound of the santoor and soul searching voice of Kaviraj Singh accompanied by Pritpal Singh Rai on tabla. This is an opportunity experience the art of playing North Indian Raag; a framework that provides musicians the opportunity to improvise and take the whole audience on a journey of free imagination or simply to listen and enjoy SAA-uk is delighted to return to LICS once again to present the very best of Next Generation of British Talent.

Diwali Delight


Evening of Classical & Contemporary South Asian Music & Dance followed by Authentic Indian Cuisine Saturday 14th November Time: 7pm Venue: Braham Village Hall Low Way, Bramham LS23 6QT Tickets: £15 standard £75 group of 6 Online booking: Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Website:

An evening to celebrate the festival of light, share the message of hope, unity, ‘good over evil’ and support the work of local arts charity SAA-uk , working tirelessly to keep alive Indian Classical and contemporary arts for the ‘NEXT GENERATION’ In partnership with Braham Village Hall we’re inviting you to take time out and join us for pure Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, and Contemporary music and indulge in authentic vegetarian Punjabi Cuisine by Kulvinder Kaur, KC Caterers. The evening will start with Indian ragas, followed by heartbeat of India through dance concluding with an inter-cultural conversation that brings together the vibe of Indian ragas, flamenco and Arabic music; the band ‘Unfurl’ utilise the art of improvisation to create an original sound ranging from the dramatic to the sublime.

Help us ‘Keep our Music & Dance Alive’ and DONATE to Young Performers Funds 8/9

Gaata Rahe Mera Dil - Valentines Masquerade Ball

Featuring Pooja Angra and Karan Rana


Tickets: ÂŁ20 / ÂŁ180 group of 10

We invite you to an evening with Pooja and Karan as they share some of the best work of legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi, A.R . Rahman, Jagjit Singh and many others. Gaata Rahe Mera Dil - is an exciting production that explores Indian Classical Bollywood blend in a unique way; allowing connoisseurs of classical music to enjoy the art of improvisation while taking the fans of golden oldies on a seamless journey through some of the greatest Bollywood classics. Through inter bridging of songs by track overlaying and unique mix of Harmonium, Keyboard, tabla, saxophone and octopod sounds.

Online booking:

Please click here to view a short video of this concert:

Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Website:

(An Arts Council England funded U.K tour)

Saturday 6th February Time: 7.30pm Venue: White Rose Banqueting Suite 67 Tong Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1HQ

Unnati - Indigo Soul


Thursday 10th March 2016 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Seven Arts 31a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3PD Tickets: £10 standard / £5 concession £30 group of 4 / £25 family (2 adults & up to 3 children) Online booking: Reservation and info: 0113 244 5523 Website:

This is an evening that presents easy listening music by Unnati & Company. By combining her take on Indian classical music, popular Hindi songs, original composition with twist a jazz vibe Unnati promises to blow away the winter blues and ease you into 2016. Unnati literally means “prosperity” in Hindi. Unnati was blessed to have been surrounded by the gift of music from a young age. Her father was the late Shri Nitai Dasgupta, a versatile Indian Classical vocalist & Music Director. In 2005, Unnati was one of six semi finalists of the Glastonbury Unsigned Artistes Jazz World heat and her track “Baarish Mein – In the Rain” released on “The Glastonbury Unsigned Artistes of 2005” compilation album. Unnati has performed extensively at prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Mexico’s Cervantino Festval, Boubou’s Music Festival in the Caribbean and Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai, India.

Help us to ‘Keep Our Music Alive’ by simply DONATING to ‘NEXT GENERATION’ campaign 10/11




Bramham Village Hall


Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (Leeds)

Your Donations Have Made a Huge Difference Since the beginning of 2015, SAA-uk has raised over ÂŁ3,000 in donations to support our learning and participation and young performers programmes. None of this would be possible without the generosity and support both financially and in donating your own precious time. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for helping to keep this art form alive, relevant and contributing to the UK cultural landscape. We hope you will join us in continuing to raise vital funds needed to allow these precious art forms to thrive in the future.



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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 Eid al-Adha (Korbani Eid) 24th September 2015

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 11th November 2015

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 15th January 2016

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 23rd March 2016

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 13th April 2016

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 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 workshop was fantastic, especially with Dola (artist Rushia Uzmi) bringing costumes for the year 3’s to wear” Fiona Palmer – Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

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 HULL INDIAN MUSIC ACADEMY Supported by Hull & East riding Hindu Cultural Association Keeping the art of Indian Classical Music Alive in East Yorkshire Places are available in all disciplines. Please call SAA-uk on 0113 244 5523 We offer training in: Sitar, Santoor, Tabla With: World Class Musicians For: Anyone age 5 Senior Citizens of all abilities.

When Monday 14th Sept to Monday 30th Nov 2015 (no session on 27th Oct & 16th Nov) Monday 11th Jan to Monday 21st March 2016 (no session on 20th Feb) Monday 25th April to Monday 4th July 2016 (no session 1st May & 6th June)

Where Hull & East Riding Hindu Cultural Centre 7 Park Street, Hull HU2 8TA

Timings 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Fees 1.5 hours = £120 per term per participant (Family discounts, subsidies and Instrument hire are available on request – please call SAA-uk on 0113 244 5523 to discuss)

Rules of the Venue: Tobacco, drugs, meat or egg products are NOT permitted. Head must be covered; wear comfortable clothing (tunic top and jogging bottoms or shalvar. Skirts and Jeans are NOT recommends

Benefits: • Opportunity for participants to achieve their full create potential • Empowered to take part in cultural activities through the art of music • Keep alive an ancient aural tradition on Indian classical Music for generation to come

Instrument Loans: £100 refundable deposit – Sitar, Santoor, Dilrubha etc and £50 per term hire £50 refundable deposit – Tabla and £20 per term hire Terms and Conditions: Fees must be paid for the term in advance or on at the time of Registration.

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SAA-uk Folk Music of Punjab Supported by Bracken Edge Primary School When


Tuesday 15th Sept to Tuesday 8th Dec 2015 (No session on 27th Oct) Tuesday 12th Jan to Tuesday 22nd Mar 2016 (no session on 16th Feb) Tuesday 26th Apr to Tuesday 12th July 2016 (no session 31st May)

SANGEET GROUP Come and join our classes and sing your heart out, make friends and have fun learning Punjabi Boliyian, Geets, Tappe and much more. If you have a Dholki then feel free to bring that with you too. This is your chance to build your confidence and confidently participate in family events and play your part in preserving a language, cultural and keep alive a folk tradition for generations to come. Time: Fees:

6.30pm to 8.00pm Just £35 per Term

Bracken Edge Primary School, Newton Road, Leeds LS7 4HE

DHOL BAJéE DHOL The heart beat of Punjab and bhangra with which a party can not begin. Join our lovely group of children and young people to learn the special language of the dhol, play them over your favourite groove and be ready to show off at all the festive events and parties coming up. Time: Fees:

6.30pm to 7.15pm beginner 7.15pm top 8.00pm intermediate Just £35 per Term

Open to everyone age 6 and up Open to everyone age 11 and up To book you place call: 0113 244 5523 or visit SAA-uk Sangeet Group is available for Ladies Sangeet events. Please call Keran or Inés on 0113 244 to check availability and fee.

To book you place call: 0113 244 5523 or visit Instruments are available for hire or purchase please call 0113 244 5523.

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SAA-uk Indian Dance

Supported by Northern School of Contemporary Dance Open to boys and Girls aged 4 and all the way up to adults, offering everyone the opportunity to train with world class teachers of Bharatanatyam and Kathak in professional dance studios and achieve ISTD qualification as well as the opportunity to perform at various cultural events across the city and region. Bharatanatyam Bharatanatyam is all about sculptured movements, hand, face, eyes and neck gestures that come together to give the participants the language to tell stories from Gods and Goddesses to Fairytales. Delivered by Santosh Menon and Ramya Tangirala

Kathak Kathak is all about fine and delicate body, eye, facial and hand movements, spins and fast footwork to express the fine art of North Indian Dance as well as help you burn off calories. Delivered by Aditi Sen


When Friday 18th Sept to Friday 11th Dec (no session on 9th Oct, 30th Oct, 13th Nov) 2015 Friday 15th Jan to Friday 25th Mar (no session on 19th Feb) 2016 Friday 29th April to Friday 8th July (no session on 3rd June) 2016

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

Fees Timings £75 Pre – grade & Tots & Kathak 5.00pm to 6.00pm £85 Grade 2 6.00pm to 7.00pm £95 Grade 3 7.00pm to 8.00pm £100 Grade 4 8.00pm to 9.00pm SAA-uk Recommendation for ISTD GRADING WANT TO KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE? Help us to keep doing it! Tell your friends about what you do, make a donation to keep classes going by simply visiting support.php. do Gift Aid your donation, we can claim 25p for every £1.00 we receive 6/7

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SAA-uk SUNDAY MUSIC Supported by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (Leeds) We offer training in: Sitar, Santoor, Sarangi, Tabla, Vocal, Dilrubha and Taus With: World Class Musicians For: Anyone age 4 to Senior Citizens of all abilities Fees 1 hour = £75 1.5 hours = £95 (per term, per participant) (Family discounts, subsidies and Instrument hire are available on request – please call SAA-uk on 0113 244 5523 to discuss)

Instrument Loans £100 refundable deposit – Sitar, Santoor, Dilrubha etc and £50 per term hire £50 refundable deposit – Tabla and £20 per term hire

When Sunday 13th Sept to Sunday 6th Dec (no session on 26th Oct) 2015 Sunday 10th Jan to Sunday 20th March (no session on 19th Feb) 2016 Sunday 24th April to Sunday 10th July (no session on 5th June) 2016

Where GNNSJ, Punjabi School (Second Floor) 78 Lady Pit Lane, Leeds LS11 6DP



*Places are available in all disciplines, please call SAA-uk on 0113 244 2355 Rules of the Venue Tobacco, drugs, meat or egg products are NOT permitted. Head must be covered; wear comfortable clothing (tunic top and jogging bottoms or shalvar) and Jeans are NOT recommends

Timings 4.00pm to 5.15pm - Altogether session 5.30pm to 8.00pm - Group sessions (based on ability)

Benefits • Opportunity for participants to achieve their full create potential • Empowered to take part in cultural activities through the art of music • Keep alive an ancient aural tradition on Indian classical Music for generation to come Terms and Conditions Fees must be paid for the term in advance or on at the time of Registration.

WANT TO KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE? Help us to keep doing it! Tell your friends about what you do, make a donation to keep classes going by simply visiting do Gift Aid your donation, we can claim 25p for every £1 we receive


Learning and Participation with SAA-uk Hello and welcome to another year of inspiration, learning and creativity at SAA-uk! For those of you who don’t yet know me, I’m SAA-uk’s new Learning & Participation Officer, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting you. Since I joined the team in May it’s been all stations go, from an incredible performance by our dance academy of Sleeping Beauty at West Yorkshire Playhouse – our first in-house production – to Bharatanatyam filming for the BBC and another successful summer school for all our budding musicians. At South Asian Arts we believe that everyone has a creative spark and that art can give people the power to feel inspired, discover new talents and build new friendships and communities. As autumn approaches, we’re looking forward to working closely with all our academy students to support their learning and development over the coming months, ready for more exciting performance and community project opportunities in the New Year. If you are an existing SAA-uk student, now is the perfect time to invite your friends and family along to try out a new instrument or pick up some new dance steps, and if you’re new to our organisation then it’s the perfect time to join! Most of our classes are inter-generational and we have programmes to suit all levels, so whether you’re an advanced learner or are at the very beginning of your journey into South Asian art and culture we’re sure you’ll find something on the following pages to suit your needs. If you feel like trying something new, you are welcome to drop into any of our music or dance classes for a free, no obligation taster class – we’re a very friendly bunch! To find out more do feel free to get in touch with me by phone on 0113 244 5523 or by emailing and I’ll be happy to help. Looking forward to the coming months! Inés Soria-Donlan Learning & Participation Officer



Bhupinder Chaggar

Harjinderpal Singh

Kirpal Singh Panesar

Jasdeep Degun

Poulomi Chakrabarty






Contents Learn & Participate


SAA-uk Leeds Music Academy SAA-uk Indian Dance Academy Folk Music of the Punjab Hull Indian Music Academy Schools and Community Workshops Festivals of South Asia

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SAA-uk Learning and Participation Programme offers a minimum of 30 weeks a year of participatory activity. SAA-uk Learning and Participation programme is underpinned by strong policies and procedures from safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and Equal Opps Policy, up to date CRB/DBS checks. Full public Liability insurance. Kanwaljeet Kaur

Gary Singh

Santosh Menon

Aditi Sen

Ramya Tangirala

Giddha Boliyan




Carnatic vocals & Bharatanatyam

Learn & Participate Autumn / Winter 15/16 Positive Engagement and Unlocking Creative Potential

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South Asian Arts-uk Autumn Winter 15-16 Brochure of Indian Classical Music and Dance in the UK.