Deepa Nair RasiyaMorning Music

  • 9th June, 2018
  • 10:00am-10:30am
  • Entrance Hall

Deepa Nair Rasiya is a London-based singer songwriter. Her South Indian heritage combined with her training in both Western music and north Indian classical music have come together to shape her into a unique musician straddling a range of musical genres. She has worked as a concert performer and session musician in the UK since 1991 and has collaborated with the late George Harrison of the Beatles and the late Pandit Ravishankar on their spiritual album Chants of India. Her vocals have also been featured in British lm background scores, including Bhaji on the Beach, Bride and Prejudice and Mistress of Spices. In 2006, Rasiya released her debut solo album Into the Light. Her other albums are Saranai and Destination, which won the 2016 Jury Award at the Artist Aloud Independent Music Awards in India. Rasiya was the rst British Asian musician to take home the prize.


Azeem Ahmed AlviMorning Music

  • 10th June, 2018
  • 10:00-10:30am
  • Pavilion Piazza

Born into the sixth generation of a family of classical Indian music, at the age of 6, Azeem Ahmed Alvi studied traditional Indian music exclusively under his father Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi and Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan. Under his esteemed guidance, he owned his sitar playing skills and went on to master the art of Sitar playing well-known genius – Padmashree Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Azeem Ahmed Alvi gave his first live performance at a tender age of twelve . AHer having been awarded a National Scholarship by the Government of India, he went on to perform at various prestigious music festivals in India and across the world to represent Indian Culture including Japan, Singapore, Germany, Vietnam, China, Austria, UK and many more. Azeem Ahmed Alvi has travelled the world and has ensured that the sound of traditional Indian music be heard live and loud in a variety of diverse interpretations. This led him to become a prominent music figure in the realm of contemporary Jazz music.

Only in his twenties, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has established a strong foothold in the contemporary music scene both, in India and abroad. Already known to be one of the foremost sitar players of the world, he aspires to bridge the gap between Indian classical and western contemporary music. Through his musical expertise, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, Electronica & Western Classical music. The new-age musical genius has his heart set on conquering the world through his music deeply rooted in Indian tradition. With shows at the Jazz Festivals and collaborations with harri stojka , kundalini project and many others. Azeem Ahmed Alvi is more than just your average Sitar Player.

He has played alongside renowned contemporary artists like Karsh Kale and Adnan Sami. He has collaborated with Harry Stojka at the Jazz festival in Vienna, StuWgart & Germany. He is the only Sitar Player who got the privilege to perform in the The Great Vienna Jazz Festival. The global Sitar player, with his beliefs firmly rooted in Indian soil, we give you Azeem Ahmed Alvi – a musical genius of great distinction. In 2012, he took his passion for traditional Indian music & the Sitar to a new level with the creation of his NGO, the Raag Mantra Music Foundation.

He has concluded his many European tour with Harry Stojka and other famous musicians around the globe when he performed at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, StuWgart in Germany at the World Music Festival, Jazz-Fest in Nuremberg, Germany amongst many others. The musician’s sole purpose has forever been to inculcate a sense of pride and joy for the traditional Indian music. Through his work, he wishes to spread the Indian musical message across every musical ear – one note at a time!