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East meets West Norfolk for classical Indian music event




A fifth international music concert will be held at the Masonic Centre in Hamburg Way, Lynn, next month incorporating the best in Indian classical music and dance and western contemporary music.

Surbahar Utsav 2019: East meets West features Pandi Pallab Bandyopadhyay, one of the finest violinists from India.

Accompanied by accomplished percussionist Saleel Tambe, he and Emma Bowley will present Indian music as well as a fusion with western music from Echoes, Lee Bigland.

Sanjukta Mitra and Saleel Tambe. Photo: PRABIR MITRA
Sanjukta Mitra and Saleel Tambe. Photo: PRABIR MITRA

Also performing will be a classical dance troupe led by Sangeeta De.

Surbahar is a non-profit making cultural organisation with an aim to promote Indian classical music and dance in the UK, particularly in East Anglia.

Dr Prabir Mitra, chairman of the group, said: “Our aim is to develop appreciation skills in Indian classical music and dance among the local population.

Pandit Pallab Bandyopadhyay. Photo: Prabir Mitra
Pandit Pallab Bandyopadhyay. Photo: Prabir Mitra

“Since our inception in 2014, we have been organising concerts, seminars and workshops by renowned international and local artists to popularise the form.

“Sanjukta Mitra, who is another founder member and a Hindustani classical vocalist, has been working hard to give each and every concert a definite shape, in order to reach out to the wider audience.”

Dr Mitra said: “Our concerts in the past were hugely successful and we sincerely hope that this year will be similar.

Photo: PRABIR MITRA
Photo: PRABIR MITRA

“We have had a good number of people attending our concerts, many of them from King’s Lynn and the neighbouring towns, and through our public relations exercises we hope to reach a wider audience each year.

“I feel our organisation has created its own space in the local multicultural society and through our concerts we aim to continue creating a strong sense of social harmony in our town.”

Classical Indian dancer. Photo: PRABIR MITRA
Classical Indian dancer. Photo: PRABIR MITRA
Lee Bigland and Emma Bowley
Lee Bigland and Emma Bowley

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