The 2015 International Women’s Day theme is ‘Make It Happen’. Here at Leeds College of Music we’ve curated a season of activities women, and men, who are making it happen in the music industry, to encourage further recruitment of female musicians and producers at LCoM.
The season is filled with individuals actively working as composers, managers and producers, across genres from classical to world, making beautiful music along the way. As a kind of ‘grand finale’ to the celebratory season, South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is bringing their year-long ‘Women in Arts’ programme to a climactic end with a performance from one of the world’s leading Indian musicians. SAA-uk’s Women in Arts programme has seen varied performances over the last year, including children’s stories and shows about the oppression of women.
In Indian classical music, dance and arts it is usually male performers who are celebrated and rewarded for their musical talents. Over the last year, SAA-uk has aimed to address this, and has worked hard to recognise the women of the Indian music community by holding a series of performances across Yorkshire, celebrating their achievements.
Our lecturer Shri Bhupinder Singh Chaggar performs on Tabla, alongside renowned Sitar player Roopa Panesar on Saturday. Roopa is considered one of the world’s finest female sitar players and is one of only a handful of UK musicians to be recognised in India. Her most recent tour of the country saw her sell out venues in Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata in January, and she received rave reviews for her work on Talvin Singh’s Bombay Talkies at London’s Southbank Centre in April 2014.
Keranjeet Kaur Virdee, Chief Executive of SAA-uk, said, “Our Women in Art series wouldn’t be complete without a performance from Roopa, and what better way to end the programme than by inviting her to share her talent with the Leeds College of Music. Roopa is regarded as one of the best Sitar players to come out of the UK and, coupled with Shri Bhupinder Singh Chaggar’s talents on Tabla the evening promises to be a fantastic event.”
Keranjeet added: “The programme has proved a huge success over the last twelve months, with performances from lots of inspiring women really showing the value of female performers. SAA-uk plays an important role in celebrating these women’s wonderful talents and we are delighted that so many have enjoyed the programme. The arts are a wonderful mechanism for joy and happiness that enables people to come together. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Sitting hand-in-hand with the aims of our Women In Music season, what more of a perfect finale.
Tickets for Saturday’s stunning event can be bought here, or by calling our Box Office on 0113 222 3434.
Make It Happen at Leeds College of Music.
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