Lancaster International Concert Series - Santoor, Sitar, Tabla

Date:22 January 2009
Time:7.30 pm

Lancaster International Concert Series

Thursday 22nd January 2009, 7.30pm

The Great Hall, Lancaster University LA1 4YW

Santoor, Sitar, Tabla

Lancaster International Concert Series offers a rare opportunity to experience the exotic lyricism of North Indian classical music with three of its finest exponents: Kiranpal Singh Deoora - santoor; Vram Jasani - sitar and Hanif Khan - tabla in concert on Thursday 22 January at 7.30pm in the Great Hall, Lancaster University.

Sitar and santoor sound together in duet to with the tabla accompaniment. The sitar is the 'voice', while the santoor - a treasured, dulcimer type of instrument provides a rhythmic compelling element to the delicate colours and finely spun textures of this evocative music.

Tickets: £15.00 £12.50 (£12.50, £10.00 concessions), £6 Young person.

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Artists biographies:

Kiranpal Singh was born in Dar-es-Salam (Tanzania) on 13th December 1957 and subsequently educated in England, Kiranpal Singh's first music study was the Tabla, which he pursued under the guidance of Shree Ripudhamman Singh of Punjab Gharana from 1970 to 1977.

His potential, as an artiste of the highest calibre, was recognised by his Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj, spiritual Head of the Namdhari Sikhs, on a visit to the UK, and His Holiness bountifully arranged for Kiranpal to be sent to Bombay to study Santoor in the traditional way under Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. He completed twelve years of study as an outstanding student, mastering the subtleties and intricacies of the instrument in such a commanding way, that he is now recognised as a leading disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and in his own right as the principal Santoor player in UK, and one of a dedicated few in Europe.

Kiranpal has been in England since 1987 and has gained respect and admiration for his virtuoso performances in the UK, Europe and beyond, in recitals, festivals and lecture demonstrations. Admired by both audiences and critics, his mastery of the advanced techniques of the instrument, combined with a creative flair and spontaneous imagination, has developed a recognisable individuality in his performances. This, in turn, has led him to be sought after as a co-leader of ground-breaking developmental and cross-cultural projects, whilst continuing to advance the presentation of Indian Classical music to ever widening audience through his solo work.

Kiranpal has released three compact discs with Multione Records Ltd: STRINGS OF ELEGANCE-Raga Chandrakauns and Sindhi-Bhairavi (1994); RAGA SHREE-(1995); . MOMENTS IN TIME-Raga Kaunsi-Kanhra and Bhairavi- Dhun (1996).

Hanif Khan is the son and disciple of the illustrious and highly renowned master of tabla, Ustad Hidayat Khan. He has inherited a rich legacy of gats and bols (compositions) from his father under the traditional Indian Classical learning system. Since teenager, he has toured extensively in small and large ensembles. Although an accomplished classically trained tabla player, earning the respect of both Indian classical and semi classical artists, Hanif also has an expert touch for the light genres including lok geet , bhajans , folk and western fusion styles.

Currently Hanif is considered one of the top tabla players in the UK and is a regularly sought after accompanist at the Nehru Centre, Mayfair for visiting Indian artists. Hanif's musical career has taken him across the world both as an accompanist and solo performer. This includes visits to the US, Canada, Israel, Jordan, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Spain.

Viram Jasani was brought up in England. He studied briefly under Usrad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Imrat Khan, two of India's foremost masters of the sitar. From them he adopted the Gayaki style of classical vocalists, with its own approach in creating glissandi by bending the main string. These glissandi contain tonal embellishments in the form of a grace note with a hint of the preceding or succeeding note (gamak) and especially glissandos between successive notes (meend). This technique enables the sitar player to emulate the fluidity of the voice in Indian traditional singing. Viram Jasani also studied with the great tabla maestro Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan, with whom he also gave many recitals in Europe and in India. He has also appeared on tabla in the classic debut album of Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin I). Viram Jasani has an MA in Economics/Politics and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and a postgraduate MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he specialised on North Indian music and is presently a research fellow. In recent years Viram Jasani has helped in increasing awareness for Indian as well as other Asian music through lecturing at the Guildhall School of Music, City University and the Music Faculty of King's College, University of London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and has been since 1991 the Chairman of the Asian Music Circuit.

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Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK