'Introduction to sitar' course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Students on our 'Introduction to sitar' course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland performed at their end of term concert in December 2017.

We were supported by Arfan Iqbal who opened the evening playing Rudhra Veena and accompanied by Punit Shah Jaivansh, who taught us a little about the tabla, accompanied the performances and also rounded the evening off with a short performance on sitar. Particular thanks to Arfan and Punit.

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Students performing at the Sikh Temple, Edinburgh 2005

Our history

The sitar project is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, started in 2005, and provides sitar classes and workshops and organizes concerts and events. We have some instruments available for people to borrow and we help students look after and maintain their instruments. We are motivated by our love of the music and our own thirst for learning, and do our very best to pass that on. We are extremely fortunate, right from the start of this decade of activity, to have received taleem (training) from Mehboob Nadeem as well as his support and guidance (click here for his website). Mehboob ji has visited us for classes, workshops and concerts many, many times. Mehboob ji is the grandson of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan (Pranpiya) and Gayan Samrat Ustad Azmat Hussain Khan (Dilrang) and is a student of the world-renowned sitar maestro, Pandit Arvind Parikh.

Concerts & Events

Date Event More info
Fri, 11 May 2018, 07:00 Lying-down concert - An evening of sublime Indian Music in the unique and intimate setting of the Nomad's Tent, The Nomad's Tent, 21 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SH
Sat, 14 Apr 2018, 07:00 Music without borders - music from India, China, Japan, Eastern Mediterranean and Morocco!, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh University
Thu, 8 Mar 2018, 07:30 Student concert at the Wee Red Bar, The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
Thu, 14 Dec 2017, 18:30 'Introduction to Sitar' end of term concert, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK

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Alec Cooper performing at the Jazz Bar


In 2014 we started our collaboration with the University of Edinburgh offering evening workshops at the University. Everyone is welcome to join these workshops whatever their age, gender or background - and, of course, not just university students.

We are also delighted now to have extended our reach with a new collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where we started a new series of evening Beginners Sitar workshops in January 2017.

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Workshop at Edinburgh University

For the future

We are planning:
  • Intermediate sitar and tabla workshops so that sitar students and tabla students can learn how to perform together starting Autumn 2017
  • More regular informal and informal concerts at which members of theSitarProject and colleagues can perform
Watch this space for more information.