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Steven Kamil - Sarod Player
This virtuoso Indian classical musician lives in the South West of England performing at concerts, weddings and functions on the Sarod, a large string instrument similar to the Sitar. He took his initial training on the sarod from Ustad Wajahat Khan in London in 1993 for many years of one to one lessons and has been performing since he graduated from the University of Winchester in 1998 with a BA Hons in World Music and English.
At that time Winchester had a thriving World music department where he was lucky enough to study Ethnomusicology with Dr Malcolm Floyd and Dr Frances Silkstone. Since moving to the South West in 1999 he has continued to receive tuition from Sri Krishnamurthi Sridhar, and Sri Tapan Roy. He has also studied with Purbayan Chatterjee. He is of mixed Indian and English heritage.
He performs traditional North Indian Classical music on the Sarod, both solo and accompanied by the Tabla. He can bring his own PA for audiences upto 400 people. A raised stage and attractive carpet should be provided if possible but he can bring his own carpet if unavailable.
He is available for stage concerts, festivals, corporate and private bookings. He can also give lecture/demonstrations, workshops, improvisation workshops, and teaches Indian music privately or with small groups.
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The Tabla Player
Born into a musical family, the tabla player took an early interest in music and from the age of fourteen, he was privileged to be trained by Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the renowned tabla maestro of the Farukhabad Gharana (school). After years of dedicated apprenticeship, he emerged as an accomplished tabla player.
He also graduated in classical music specialising in tabla, from Prayag University, Allahabad. He soon became well-known within the classical music circuit both in his home city, Calcutta, and India as a whole. As well as being a successful performing artist, he is an experienced teacher - he taught at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, the premier musical institution in Calcutta, from 1975 until 1998, when he came to the UK.
He has played with many famous musicians and classical dancers. He was a leading participant in the ‘Music of the Drum’ ensemble, led by its composer Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He is not only a virtuoso Tabla player, but is equally at home in light classical and popular music and is an adept performer on the Sarod and similar instruments.
During the course of his musical career, which spans the past three decades, he has performed all over India, the sub-continent, Japan and in the UK, including concerts in Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
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