DMU celebrates classical Indian music with one-of-a-kind concert

By Kerri Stevenson

Students and staff at De Montfort University gathered in Trinity House Chapel on Tuesday to celebrate the classical Indian music genre.

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The event, which took place from 1pm to 2pm, was part of the inaugural DMU Classical Indian Music series, which is a programme of lunchtime concerts curated by DMU Music in partnership with the celebrated Darbar Festival, the largest of its kind outside India.

There were two core themes running throughout this year’s concert series, focussing on women in music and traditional Indian instruments including the sitar and sarod were used.

indian classical musicChris Heighton, Head of DMU Music, said: “With these concerts, we have been able to bring the finest Indian musicians in the world to perform at DMU for both campus and city audiences.

“The fantastic acoustic of Trinity House Chapel adds a wonderful dimension to the live performance and creates an incredible experience for our audiences.”

This year is the first time this type of event has taken place at DMU, and the concert included performances from a wide range of talented Indian musicians including Roopa Panesar, Shahbaz Hussian, Gurdain Ryatt and Surdarshan Chana.

Following the success and popularity of this year’s event, DMU Music announced it has been commissioned to take place again in 2018.

Mr Heighton added: “The series has been a huge success because we have begun to build an increasing audience of students, staff and members of the public.

“All of our concerts are also live streamed via the DMU Facebook page, which has welcomed audience numbers of between 700 and 1,000 people watching live from across the UK and internationally, which is fantastic.

“Interestingly, a large number of people who are unable to attend the live performance watch the concert from the DMU Facebook page afterwards.”

If you wish to know more about the event, contact Chris Heighton at chris.heighton@dmu.ac.uk or call DMU Music on 0116 207 8521.

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