An Inspirational Playlist for an Indian Summer by @southasianartuk

For six whole days this Summer SAA-uk (South Asian Arts, based in Leeds) will be delivering our 17th Summer School. That’s a whole week of immersing ourselves Indian classical music and instruments such as Sitar, Tabla and Santoor. Our participants range from young children who are already learning an instrument to retired people who want to try something new. It really is for all ages and all abilities, and is, frankly, inspirational!

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We asked students, teachers and friends to share their favourite examples of inspiring music or musicianship. Being YouTube, the sound quality is variable, but the performances are all stellar! This is our list:


  1. Raag Jhin Jhoti by Mehtab Ali Khan – chosen by Ustad Dharambir Singh as an example of a very young Sitar maestro (aged 9!)
  2. Raag Pratdeep by Ustad Harjinderpal Singh – Harjinderpal teaches Santoor at SAA-uk’s Summer School. Perhaps this video will inspire you to come to his classes…
  3. Nirguni Bhajan by Kalapini Komkali – Dharmi Balsara Parmar selected this as one of her favourites.
  4. Boondan Boondan – Maatibaani featuring Ankita Joshi and Noor Mohammed Sodha. Chosen by Seetal Kaur Gahir for it’s Summery melody and lyrics about rainfall and homecoming.
  5. Badal Gumad Jaaye featuring Zakir Hussain and Suresh Wadkar – Niche Kamat chose as one of her favourites.
  6. Shaheen Khan performing Aa Chucka Hun Tere Dar Par – ShaheenKhan is known for her versatility as a singer, performing Punjabi folk songs, Urdu Ghazals and Hindi Geet with ease. We’re so lucky she’s teaching at our Summer School this year!
  7. Raga Desh by Roopa Panesar – a very talented Sitarist who is also teaching at our Summer School! Yay for us!
  8. Raag Madhuvanti performed by Ustad Surjeet Singh with his student Craig Monk in Leeds, December 2013. A conversation between Sarangi and Violin, with Bhupinder Singh Chaggar on Tabla. Both Surjeet and Bhupinder are teaching at our Summer School.
  9. Raag Bahar performed by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on Sarod, from the album Colours of Indian Music
  10. Finally – a three year old Tabla player accompanying his Mum as she sings a Gujurati prayer. This pretty much sums up our motto of “start ‘em young!”

If you’re intrigued and thinking about joining our Summer School, get in touch via or telephone 0113 2445523

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