Laurence Howells is a student of Ustad Mehboob Nadeem and has also studied with Ustad Rafat Khan Niyazi in Mumbai. Laurence started the sitar project in 2005 as part of the suite of activities undertaken by the Indian Music and Dance Collective.Alec Cooper is a student of Debashish Sanyal of Varanasi. He also studies indian vocal music with Ashish Jaiswal of Varanasi. As well as teaching classes and running workshops, Alec teaches privately from his central Edinburgh flat. He is currently completing his PhD in Indian Music at Edinburgh University.