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21 Jun 2017

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Indian classical music

As the sun sinks lower in the sky on the longest day of the year, giving way to a warm velvety night, join us for South Asian Arts UK annual Summer Solstice in a transformed Howard Assembly Room.

The first slice of the evening is an interactive conversation with leading experts Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and Professor Martin Clayton. Learn more about the music with this exploration of the intricacies of Indian classical music through the ‘Art of Listening’.

Next, sit back and savour the trancelike melodies of the vichitra veena’s plucked strings. The vichitra, meaning unusual or peculiar, opens the music of the evening with its unique majestic tones, textures and timbre. Rarely heard in Yorkshire, it is one of the most beautiful musical instruments: here, played by Vijay Venkat, accompanied by Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam.

Finally, soak up soulful summer evening ragas and bask in the peaceful aura of heart stringing sitar. Immerse yourself completely in the thoroughly soothing melodies of virtuosos Roopa Panesar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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