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Stringfest - Punita Gupta - Sitar

  • The Nehru Centre

    8 South Audley St
    W1K 1HF
    London (map)

    51.507667 -0.150900

  • A free concert at the Nehru Centre. THe centre gives these details: "Punita Gupta has been a performer and teacher of Indian classical music in the UK for over 40 years. She has performed extensively all over the country and also in Europe and presently lives in Harrow. She has been in the forefront of introducing Indian music in London schools and had positions of co-ordinator for Indian Music Teaching for Ealing and Brent for many years before her retirement.

    "Punita learnt Indian Classical Music in India from very young age. She came to UK in 1971. She attended a concert by Pt. Ravi Shankar at the Royal Albert Hall in 1973 and realized there is lot more to learn. She approached Pt. Ravi Shankar after the concert, who was happy to take her as his student.

    "As a teacher, she has the rare distinction of producing such high quality students that her students have performed in the school proms at the Royal Albert Hall four times in 1992, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    "Punita and several of her students will perform at this event to showcase the beauty of Ragas. Some students of Clive Bell, who teaches at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan will also accomany. Tabla accompaniment will be by Havylen and Udit Pankhania."

    A NOTE ON THE VENUE: If you have not been to the Nehru Centre before before then you may like to know that:

    •  access to the concert hall is opened at about 6:15. This is a FREE concert organised by, and held at, the excellent Nehru Centre. There is NO need for advanced booking, people just turn up on the day and the 150 seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. Usually there are enough seats available. The concert hall is up the stairs on the first floor.

    • if you want to meet and say hello to each other then one place you could arrange to meet place to meet is by the sculpture of Tagore in the ground floor lobby. - refreshment is offered by the Centre before the concert.

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