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Indian music exchange

Performers and teachers from the Punjab region of India travelled to North Somerset to share their skills and expertise in schools.

15th June 2009 - 27th June 2009

The visit was organised by our music service as part of its commitment to bringing an extensive range of high quality musical experiences to children.

During a two week visit to North Somerset, six artists led by Professor Rajpal Singh, director of the Heritage Institute of Art and Culture Mohali, worked in schools alongside class teachers, introducing a whole new range of experiences.

Indian Music Exchange

The visitors included the dancer Suchitra Mitra, who has choreographed new routines especially for North Somerset, the sitarist Lucky Malhotra, Surinder Khan who won the National Inter-University award in light classical music for three consecutive years, the tabla performer Avirbhav Verma, folk choreographer and lecturer Rimpi Parmar and finally Sufi, known in India as the 'golden girl'.

Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, executive member for children's services said, "Last year our music service was able to send ten teachers from North Somerset to the Punjab region of India, to look at how music and the arts are taught there and also how we can better open up this rich cultural world to our own young people".

The trip, which was funded by a national organisation was a huge success, and what was learned has had a really positive impact on the opportunities now offered to our young people.

Indian Music ExchangeNow, due to funding from the Find Your Talent programme, North Somerset has gone a step further and brought some outstanding performers and teachers into the heart of the community, where they can share their skills and talents directly with the children.

The visit culminated on Saturday 27 June with free workshops in Indian Music and Dance at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare from 2pm. This was followed at 5pm by a final performance, which was free of charge.

Anyone wanting to learn more about this visit or the workshops and concert should contact the North Somerset Music Service on 01934 426430.