AMC Press Release 2016 - 2017




The Asian Music Circuit (AMC) has for the last 26 years been at the forefront in the production and promotion in the UK of the music culture of South Asia.  It has created and curated some of the most iconic and innovative events in this field in the UK.

2015 was a perfect example of this with events related to the life and music ofthe courtesan tradition in North India, with the stage production of UMRAO JAAN ADA in English, and then the TAWAIF exhibition and related concerts – such as Pts Rajan and Sajan Misra singing - for the first time ever in the UK  - pure Banarasi  Thumri; the legendary  Savita Devi gave an intoxicating and memorable  concert of  various genres within the broader thumri.


Now the Asian Music Circuit (AMC) are delighted to announce their new and equally fascinating project for 2016/2017.

Under the broad title of SANGEET KA SAFARAN ASIAN MUSIC ODYSSEY, the AMC is producing a variety of events that will give huge pleasure, interest, educate and inform, focusing on the innovative exhibition – THE GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC in March 2017

24th November 2016.

Concert at the Cadogan Hall, London 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ   7.30pm Box office 020 7730 4500

Showcasing flavours of Lucknow inspired by the Royal Courts of Avadh

One of India’s most brilliant tabla players Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri and master of the Lucknow tradition of tabla, will perform a solo in the first half.  Swapan da is accompanied on harmonium by Rekhesh Chauhan and on sarangi by Surjit Singh.

The second half of the concert features the fabulous KATHAK dancer Deepak Maharaj – son of the illustrious Pt Birju Maharaj of the Lucknow kathak tradition. Deepak is a dancer of great virtuosity with strong control of rhythm but also performs “abhinaya” – expression - to poetry and thumri – so  characteristic of Lucknow and Varanasi. Kathak was once thought to be the domain of   female dancers but here we have an excellent example of the interchangeability of roles.

He is accompanied on tabla by Pranshu Chatur Lal - grandson of the illustrious Pt Chatur Lal

(who accompanied Pt Ravi Shankar on his first visit to UK in 1956) and Ghulam Waris  on vocals and harmonium

The evening will be compered by the writer Divya Mathur -  founder of VATAYAN -  who will  further bring the art of LUCKNOW  to life with  Urdu  poetry.

Swapan Chaudhuri

Deepak Maharaj


11th December 2016.

Concert at the Cadogan Hall, London 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ   7pm Box office 020 7730 4500


The AMC is delighted to present a Sangeeta Datta /Baithak production of Rabindranath Tagore’s travels, musical influences and operatic adaptations

Tagore was influenced in his early years by Indian classical music, Bengali folk and Sufi music. Subsequently parlour songs, Irish and Scottish folk music and Western Opera fired his imagination during his first travels to England.

He composed the first Indian opera in Bengali adapting Western songs that he had learnt. In later travels Tagore adapted Sikh shabad from Amritsar, songs from the temples of the South and folk traditions from Gujarat.

This production brings Tagore’s travelling trunk of musical treasures to London along with new music composed to some of his iconic and inspirational poetry Superb dances are performed to the music.


Written and directed   by Sangeeta Datta -  with Pramita Mullick – guest artist

Souvid Datta – Narrator

Soumik Datta – Sarod and vocals

Pramita Mullick, Sangeeta Datta, Rosabella Gregory, Sasha Ghosal  -  vocals

Sandip Chakraborty – Tabla

Abu Erman -  Keyboards

Sandip Sen – Guitar

Aindrilla Ghosh- Sejouti Dass – Protima Chatterjee -  Dancers

This event is dedicated to Pashawar “John “ Singh OBE, the late trustee/Director of the Asian Music Circuit Ltd


This evening will include a  special pre-release  screening  of:

Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India

Directed by Soumik and Souvid Datta. 

Produced by Soumik Datta Arts and The Bagri Foundation. 

Successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Official Release on Channel 4 in 2017. 

Throughout India, in towns and villages beyond the reach of tourist brochures, countless musicians play traditional instruments and melodies that have stirred souls for centuries. These artists are well known locally but are hidden, ignored by the metropolitan mainstream in its constant search for cool. 

Soumik Datta, a British composer and virtuoso sarod player, returns to his roots in India to ‘discover’ some of these musicians off the beaten tracks. Far from the world he knows, pushed beyond extremes, the journey leads him deep into rural India where he encounters gifted musicians struggling to make a living. 

Vivid and panoramic, “Tuning 2 You - Lost Musicians of India" is an adventure through a raw, undiluted India. Its soundtrack throbs with gypsy songs, qawwali and thundering drums played by under-represented folk and tribal artists. This special pre-release screening features excerpts from all six films and an introduction by the director.



2nd -  8th March 2017


Siva, the Lord Whose Half Is Woman (Ardhanarisvara) Mankot School, Western Punjab Hills, c.1710-20


Venue-  Asia House, New Cavendish Street, London W1

The inspiration for this exciting exhibition is to be found in the fact that since ancient Vedic times, the people of South Asia have seen and worshipped SHAKTI  as the feminine  force and the other half  of  Shiva - masculine energy  later represented  in the concept of  ARDHANARISHVAR  -  the image of  Shiva and  Shakti  (Parvati) as one body – half man half woman  - symbolising the equality of male and female as one – the unity  and inseparability of masculine and female  energies driving  the universe. The union of Shiva and Shakti is symbolised in their cosmic dance.

The exhibition explores the different qualities and energies that men and women have brought to the evolution of Indian music and looks at

Divine musicians - Human musicians – how music is seen as being feminine and masculine - gendered musical spaces - contesting gender - impact of colonialism and globalisation

Expertly written story boards are illustrated with the use of images - audio-visual recordings.

There will be workshops with Uday Bhawalkar (dhrupad) accompanied by Chitrangana Agle Reshwal  (the first  female pakhwaj player of modern times) and Manjiri Asanare Kelkar (khyal) accompanied  on tabla  by Sanjay  Deshpande.

A symposium is planned in partnership with the Forum for South Asian Music and Dance (Institute for Music Research) with the presentation of academic papers and discussion.

Academic advisory panel:Prof Katherine Schofield; Prof Richard Widdess; Prof Anna Morcom; Dr Neil Sorrell; Dr Richard Williams; Prof Jim Kippen


Sunday  5th March 2017

Venue -  Elgar Room – Royal Albert Hall ,  Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP 6pm till 9pm +44 (0)20 7589 8212


A concert  by:

Uday Bhawalkar -  dhrupad  with  Chitrangana Agle- Reshwal  – pakhawaj

Manjiri  Asanare -  khyal    with Sanjay Deshpande – tabla.



Manjiri Asanare Kelkar                  Sanjay Deshpande


Uday Bhawalkar                            Chitrangana Agle Reshwal 


All events are subject to change without notice


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