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Deepak 600Classical Indian flute music with Deepak Ram at Kino-Teatr

An evening of Indian classical music will take place at the Kino-Teatr in St Leonards on Saturday 29 February, featuring renowned bansuri (flute) maestro Deepak Ram and celebrated tabla player Sanjay Jhalla, writes Julian Norridge.

Deepak Ram is a versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher.

Deepak Ram’s first love is north Indian classical music. He is a delightful and captivating soloist, combining technical mastery with personal charm. He has performed in the USA (where he is currently based), South Africa, India, the UK and worldwide.

Born in South Africa in 1960, Deepak began his formal training in bansuri and tabla when he was just 15. Two years later he moved to Mumbai in India to further his studies. In 1981 he realised a long-held dream by becoming a disciple of one of the most celebrated Indian flautists of all time, maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Deepk 339Collaborations

Deepak’s versatility is apparent in his numerous collaborations with musicians of various genres. These include performances with jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff and the popular South African band Tananas.

His knowledge of both Indian and western traditions is evident in his compositions, which range from pieces for jazz groups, western flute quartets (flute, violin, viola and cello), choral works and ballets to orchestral pieces. He has recorded nine solo albums and appears as a session musician on more than 60 CDs.

One of Deepak’s fortes is his ability to communicate his knowledge, making him an excellent teacher. Most recently, he served as visiting professor in Indian music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also lectured full time for four years at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa.

Sanjay Jhalla is a UK-based tabla player who has played with many of the leading Indian classical musicians. His sensitive and aesthetic approach make him a popular accompanist.


An Evening of Classical Indian Flute Music with Deepak Ram and Sanjay Jhalla Saturday 29 February, 7.30pm. Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0EQ. Tickets – £15 plus booking fee – can be booked online or on the door.


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Posted 15:48 Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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