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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
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 16:00 Sitar and tabla recital - Exhibition Event as part of East Lothian Open Studios 2017, Saltoun Space, East Saltoun, Pencaitland, East Lothian EH34 5EB
Sat, 5 Aug 2017, 16:00 Sitar and tabla recital - Exhibition Event as part of East Lothian Open Studios 2017, Saltoun Space, East Saltoun, Pencaitland, East Lothian EH34 5EB
Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 13:00 Alec Cooper (sitar) and Hardeep Dheere (tabla) at MugStock, Butterfly Stage, MugStock Festival, Glasgow UK
Sat, 20 May 2017, 14:30 Sitarathon, we'll be taking part in this fantastic event at the Southbank Centre, London, UK
Sat, 8 Apr 2017, 19:00 Sitar & Tabla recital by Debashish Sanyal and Hardeep Dheere with theSitarProject students, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh
Wed, 5 Apr 2017, 19:00 Sitar & Tabla recital by Debashish Sanyal and Hardeep Dheere, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK
Sat, 1 Apr 2017, 10:00 Singing workshop and morning Raga performance, with Debashish Sanyal, Alison House, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh
Thu, 23 Mar 2017, 19:00 Sitar and tabla concert - invitation only event, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 16:30 Sitar recital at Edinburgh Climate Change Festival, South side Community Centre, Edinburgh, UK
Fri, 3 Mar 2017, 19:00 Sitar showcase, Micro-Festival, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh University

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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

With the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow 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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