'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
Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 13:10 Sitar and tabla recital - music for the morning, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh University, EH1 1LL
Sat, 25 Aug 2018, 13:00 Rootless: A unique ensemble of worldwide artists who, in the search for their purest artistic origins found that their traditions have crossed paths since the beginning of time, LifeCare Edinburgh 2 Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sat, 18 Aug 2018, 13:00 Rootless: A unique ensemble of worldwide artists who, in the search for their purest artistic origins found that their traditions have crossed paths since the beginning of time, LifeCare Edinburgh 2 Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sat, 2 Jun 2018, 12:30 Members of the sitar project and friends play indian/african/western fusion at the Meadows Festival, The Meadows, Edinburgh, UK
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

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Alec Cooper performing at the Jazz Bar

Collaborations

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.
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