• Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Indian classical music superstars visit Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

(from left) Louiz Banks, Shankar Mahadevan, Lyle Bignon, Shyam Naban, Rakesh Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

By: Sattwik Biswal

TIES between British and Indian musicians got a boost last week with a visit by four classical music superstars to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Acclaimed singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, leading flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, legendary keyboardist and producer Louiz Banks joined tabla maestro Zakir Hussain during the visit.

Organised by BCU India and West Midlands India Partnership, the event saw the artists – share advice and stories with the audience in the Conservatoire’s Bradshaw Hall, before enjoying performances from RBC percussion and brass students.

Dr Shirley Thompson, interim principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Zakir, Shankar, Rakesh, Louiz and guests…share in their passion, joy and enthusiasm for music with students, staff, partners, and supporters, and present some of the outstanding talent on offer at the Conservatoire to all.”

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