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  • An eclectic trio of artists perform a fusion of Sufi folk and Indian classical music at Kala Sangam

    Join Ruhaani on Saturday 1 June at 7.30pm for a stunning evening exploring the threads that connect Sufi folk music traditions with both North and South Indian classical music. Drawing on the sacred song forms of Qawaali, Nasheeds and Nath, their unique arrangements are not to be missed.

    Trained under some of the greatest maestros of Carnatic music in India, Vijay Venkat is known for his exceptional talent with the flute, violin and the vichitra veena (an ancient Indian fret-less slide instrument).

    Manchester based Sarah Yaseen’s soulful voice lends itself to spiritually inspiring performances that reflect her passion for the preservation of Sufi poetry.

    World-Musician-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield, John Ball is a dedicated performer and teacher of North Indian music specialising in the tabla and santoor.

    Vijay Venkat said, “Ruhaani are glad to be performing at Kala Sangam, one of the best venues for dance and music, in the heart of Bradford. We look forward to working with their enthusiastic and friendly staff and are excited to perform to such a diverse audience.”

    Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said “I’m delighted that Vijay Venkat is coming back to Kala Sangam for his first concert in a number of years, and bringing such a talented group of musicians with him. We’ve been lucky enough to have packed houses recently for Qawaali, Jazz and Indian Classical music, and I think all these audiences will love Ruhaani. Our Pay What You Decide scheme also means that even if you’ve never experienced Sufi music before you can come along risk free – it’s going to be an amazing evening so I urge everyone to grab their tickets before they’re gone!”

    The event also includes a post-show discussion, where audiences will have the opportunity to ask the trio any burning questions they may have.

    Kala Sangam – Bradford’s intercultural Arts Centre – is the perfect setting for audiences new to world music. This spring, Kala Sangam introduced a new Pay What You Decide pricing structure for most events. Under the new system, tickets can be booked in advance as usual but audiences don’t pay until they have seen the show. This allows people to not only pay what they can afford, but also decide on a price based on their experiences of a show.

    Tickets for Ruhaani are now on sale, to book visit www.kalasangam.org or call the Box Office on 01274 303340.