Akash Parekh is a rising star on the Indian classical music scene representing ‘The Great British Gharana’. As a member of Tarang (The National Ensemble for Indian Music) and as a solo artist, Akash has performed in a number of prestigious venues and festivals; The Bridgewater Hall, St Georges Hall, Festival No. 6 to name a few. Based in Leicester, his musical upbringing was initially in western classical and contemporary western music which adds to his innovative playing style. Under the guidance of renowned sitarists Ustad Dharambir Singh (MBE), Roopa Panesar, Akash is fast becoming one of the finest British-born Sitar players.
For this performance, Akash is joined by Janarthan Sivarupan on Mridangam, an ancient Indian percussion instrument.
New North and South
This show is part of New North and South – a three year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange to celebrate shared heritage across continents and develop artistic talent, produced by a new network of eleven arts organisations from across the North of England and South Asia.
The New North and South network, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, will bring prominence to the work of leading Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and UK artists and include new artistic commissions, exhibitions and performances in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and in Colombo, Dhaka, Lahore, Karachi and Kochi.