The BBC Proms present first Tamil and South Indian concert

The BBC Proms present first Tamil and South Indian concert

Veena player, Hari Sivanesan, and his BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy mentor, vocalist, Aruna Sairam, come together at the BBC Proms to reveal the results of a unique mentorship. The partnership sees the two artists delve into their mutual roots to explore the history of Carnatic music and the Proms concert marks the culmination of their musical journey together.

Aruna is widely regarded as the leading South Indian female vocalist of her generation and has long sought to create a larger following for Carnatic music, seducing Indian audiences with her unusual deep vocal timbre and defying boundaries in her collaborations with internationally renowned artists from Europe and Africa.

Hari Sivanesan is a young and active London based musician of Sri Lankan descent. An exponent of the veena – a lute-like instrument dating back 3,000 years and prefiguring the sitar – Hari is the latest recipient of BBC Radio 3’s World Routes Academy scheme, founded to support outstanding young artists working in world music. Hari believes ‘it’s time for Carnatic music – India’s music of the South – to shine in the West, and I’m looking forward to diving into the roots of our music further!’ Hari is a student of Smt Sivasakthi Sivanesan, one of the UK’s foremost Carnatic figures.

As Aruna and Hari work together, BBC Radio 3 follows their partnership through regular interviews, recordings and performances, while also taking a wider look at South Indian music and cultural traditions (Saturdays, 3pm). The BBC Prom on 27 July presents a remarkable opportunity to see the results of this distinctive collaboration.

Hari’s Blog –

Booking is now open:

online at – by telephone 0845 401 5040 – in person at the Royal Albert Hall

For further information, please contact:

Mary Rahman 0207 7491136

Madeleine Castell / 0207 765 5575

Region: All
Start Date: 27/07/2011
End Date:
Start Time: 22:00
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London
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