BBC Proms
27 Jul 2011 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2011 Prom 17: World Routes Academy Prom 17: World Routes Academy

Prom 17: World Routes Academy

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22:00 Wednesday 27 Jul 2011 Royal Albert Hall

About this event

Featuring: Aruna Sairam (vocalist), Hari Sivanesan (veena), Jyotsna Srikanth (violin), Patri Satish Kumar (mridangam), Bangalore RN Prakash (ghatam), Priya Parkash and Shobhana Patel (tampura) and Pirashanna Thevarajah (percussion).

Following the success of last year's World Routes Academy Late Night Prom, the focus shifts this year from Iraq to India.

Aruna Sairam, widely regarded as the leading South Indian female vocalist of her generation, has long sought to create a larger following for Carnatic music, seducing Indian audiences with her unusual deep vocal timbre and defying boundaries in her collaborations with internationally renowned artists from Europe and Africa.

Recently she has been mentoring the young veena virtuoso Hari Sivanesan, the latest recipient of the BBC Radio 3 scheme founded to support outstanding young artists working in world music. London-born to Sri Lankan parents, Sivanesan believes that 'it's time for Carnatic music - India's music of the South - to shine in the West, and I'm looking forward to diving into the roots of our music further!'

The veena is one of India's oldest and most beautiful instruments, dating back 3,000 years and said to be the predecessor of the sitar. Sivanesan too has quite some musical past.

First invited to perform with Ravi Shankar as a young teenager, he played and sang on his Chants of India album produced by Beatle George Harrison.

There will be no interval

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