18 - 24 March 2023
Celebrated sitar player Roopa Panesar presents new music from her upcoming album ATMA.
Roopa Panesar will be performing in collaboration with some of the finest Indian classical and jazz musicians in the UK today.
With its roots taken from the spiritual depths of Indian classical music, ATMA (which translates as ‘the soul’) beautifully portrays life – love, loss, grief separation and ultimately the bliss of union.
ATMA was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and was made possible by the Asian Arts Agency as part of its Breaking Barriers ‘Innovate’ Music Commissions.
Roopa’s outstanding musical ability has resulted in a stream of high-profile national and international concerts, tours and televised performances including the BBC1 televised VJ75 memorial in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, along with her collaboration with the Belgian Symphony Orchestra. Panesar has also collaborated with Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh, participated in London’s Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, and performed live at WOMAD festival.
Presented by Asian Arts Agency.
“… staggering dexterity by Roopa Panesar.” The Guardian
“One of the UK’s finest sitarists”… “Sitar player Roopa Panesar is certainly one of the most important musicians to have emerged in the British Asian diaspora over the past few years. She expresses a profound sense of calmness laced with an inexplicable exhilaration.”
**** 4-stars Songlines
“… stardust of sitarist Roopa Panesar” DJ Ritu, A World In London
Roopa Panesar sitar
Shahbaz Hussain tabla
Bangalore Prakash mirdangam, ghatam, moorsing
Kaviraj Singh santoor
Giuliano Modarelli guitar
Camilo Tirado live electronics & textural percussion
Surdarshan Singh Chana jori
Ben Hazleton double bass