SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute



Date: 14 May 2022Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 14 May 2022Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Performance


Artists: Ramneek Singh, Saleel Tambe and Gurbaksh Singh Matharu


Introduction by Dr Sanjukta Ghosh (SOAS South Asia Institute) under the rubric SSAI Sanglaap Art and Culture series which hosts music and performance that is created by diasporic artists, featuring transnational musical genres, itinerant objects, experiences and memory.

In this musical tribute concert to the rich lineage of Ustad Amir Khan’s Indore Gharana, the Hindustani classical vocalist Ramneek Singh will present some of his popular compositions and her pieces written under the pen name of “Ibaadat”, taking inspiration from her guru Ustad Amir Khan considered the father of the Indore Gharana.

Introduced to Indian Classical Music at the tender age of six, and with decades of strict vocal training, Ramneek Singh has a Visharad (degree) from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth and is considered a purist from the Indore Gharana, a meditative style of Khayal presentation as instituted by Ustad Amir Khan.

Taking the meditative approach, she weaves her own grooming into the representative compositions; reflects on living in India -- the region's historical past through the prism of family history. Ramneek is proficient in musical genres like Khayal, Thumri, Bhajan, Shabad, Sufiana and Folk. She has written several Taranas (a Persian couplet or song) which are inspired by the authentic style of Tarana vocalisation as created by the 13th century Sufi poet, Hazrat Amir Khusrau – a technique that is used exclusively in the Indore Gharana. Her mesmerizing voice, which spans three octaves, comes alive with insights, poetry and lyrics infused with technique and originality.



Ramneek is an internationally acclaimed Hindustani Classical vocalist, originally from New Delhi, India, now based in Canada. She has given numerous performances in India and North America teaches advanced Vocal Hindustani music, has won several distinctive awards and has been recently nominated for the 'Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award 2021'. 


Saleel Tambe is the UK based popular, experienced, multi-faceted tabla artist regularly performing in prestigious global concerts as a soloist and accompaniment with vocal, instrumental music and dance.


Gurbaksh Singh Matharu is a noted Tarshenai player based in the UK integrating many sarod style techniques and developing innovative compositions based on vocal music. He had the honour of being invited by Ustad Zakir Hussain to open the first memorial concert for Ustad Allah Rakha Khan Sahib in England.


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Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute and outreach support by the Department of Music in SOAS.

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