Outstanding Vina player, Hari Sivanesan (former student of Bhavan teacher Sivasakti Sivanesan) has this year selected to be the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy protégé. Recently back from a World Routes trip to India and Sri Lanka where he trained with the outstanding south Indian classical vocalist Aruna Sairam, he’ll be appearing at BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall this summer. At the Bhavan, he’ll be talking about his trip to South Asia with BBC presenter, Lucy Duran.
Hari will be playing with Soumik Datta, one of the UK’s most brilliant South Asian musicians and a recent Artiste-in-Residence at the Southbank. Both the concert and discussion will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Other highlights include:
• A sitar concert by Partha Bose, one of India’s most acclaimed instrumentalists.
• A tribute to Tagore by the celebrated, award-winning cellist, Anup Biswas.
• Contemporary classical vocalist, Japjit Kaur, who’s previously worked with award-winning composer Niraj Chag as well as the Royal National theatre.
• Classical dancers Anusha Subramanium performing bharatanatyam and Urja Thakore presenting Kathak.
• Highly praised Singabore-based Karnatic vocalist Sushma Somasekharan with a UK premiere.
• Multilingual poets (Parminder Chadha, A Neswar and Niruben Desai)
• Storytelling by actress Ruby Sahota.
There’ll also be an opportunity to see student showcases led by Bhavan’s respected music and dance teachers, an opportunity view exhibitions of Calligraphy and hindu deity, Ganesh, as well a chance to indulge yourself in Indian cuisine.
The event has been organised with the support of the Arts Council, the Nehru Centre and BBC Radio 3.