Purvai: Summer Evening of Indian Raag

Fri 17 Aug

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In this special summer evening extended concert audiences will be further immersed in the deep well of mesmerising music and instruments of Indian Classical Music.

Deepa Nair Rasiya, one of the most acclaimed female Indian vocalists in the UK today, will be joined by a host of talented musicians in this multi-instrumental extended evening concert. The evening will also include a very special dance solo of the captivating Kathak Indian Classical dance.

Contrasting captivating vocals alongside the beguiling string accompaniment of the Sarangi and Santoor, dazzling dance footwork and virtuosic Tabla we will bring you an evening of the finest of Indian Classical musicians from the UK.

Participating Artists

Deepa Nair Rasiya, Indian Classical Vocalist.
London-born singer-songwriter, Deepa has been making waves on the World Music platform internationally in recent years, and is being increasingly recognized as a pioneering and innovative composer with a deeply soul-stirring vocal style. She has had the unique privilege of recording her vocals with two legendary musical giants of our times: the late George Harrison of the Beatles and the late Pandit Ravishankar on their spiritual album ‘Chants of India’.

Dalbir Singh Rattan, Tabla.
Purvai’s longstanding musical collaborator, Dalbir, will return to display the compelling and complex rhythms of the Tabla. Dal’s own unique style of playing combines this classical form with modern and contemporary experiences drawn from a career of ambitious and innovative collaborations. He is regarded as one of the most-respected players from the UK.


Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla, Santoor.
We are delighted to have Kaviraj return this year to once again enchant with the magical sound of the Santoor and his haunting vocals. Combining musicality with complex rhythm, Kaviraj Singh is emerging as a unique and celebrated talent of the new generation.

Gurpreet Singh Notta, Sarangi.
Gurpreet will introduce a new instrument to Purvai audiences – the Sarangi, a truly spellbinding string instrument. Gurpreet never chose Sarangi, in fact he says Sarangi chose him as the sound of the instrument inspired him, drawing him to travel to the heart of India’s capital in New Delhi. He is a student of late legendary Sarangi artist Ustad Sabri Khan Saheb. Ustad Sabri Khan was chosen by Ravi Shankar as a pioneering artist to showcase Indian classical Sarangi to the west. Gurpreet is currently a disciple of Ustad Sabri Khan’s son Ustad Kamal Sabri.

Kanchan Maradan, Kathack Indian Classical Dance.
Kanchan was born in Mumbai and has been passionate about dance since childhood, starting her Indian classical dance training in Bharatnatyam at the tender age of 10. She has extensive experience as a performer, teacher choreographer, director and judge.

“… a dancer to watch. Impeccable footwork, the rounded grace of her gurus’ style,.. clarity of rhythm & effortless grace” The Hindu “One of the most promising Kathak dancers.” Asian Leader, UK