As the ‘Borough of Culture’ celebration draws to an end, Subrang Arts hosts Kalasetu – building cultural bridges with music and dance through a unique Indo Spanish cross cultural collaboration with leading sitar artist Mehboob Nadeem and Flamenco artist, Ramon Ruiz together with Hanif Khan on the Tabla, leading Flamenco dancer Rebeca Ortega and Kathak dancers Mira Salat and Shyam Nayan.
The mesmerising concoction of music, voice, rhythm and dance explores the intercultural journey undertaken by the gypsy tradition of Flamenco into its Indian roots along a path that returns to North India in an emotional encounter between Flamenco music, voices, hindustani compositions, Kathak and Flamenco dance techniques.
Born into a highly illustrious family of traditional musicians of the Agra Gharana, Mehboob Nadeem is a widely-respected sitar artist who is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished of the present generation of the Vilayatkhani Gharana and one of the best players in the UK. He is a senior disciple of Pandit Arvind Parikh since last 40 years. Endowed with a rich melodious and sonorous voice, his performances are truly unique & inspiring and have enthralled audiences in India and abroad.
Ramon Ruiz, is a leading flamenco guitarist with incomparable technical prowess. Born in Granada, he acquired the solid foundation in flamenco dance and song accompaniment. He has a unique yet instantly recognizable sound moving flamenco into a new exciting era. He combines gypsy traditions with ethnic rhythms fusing musical influences from Asia to Latin America. He has performed worldwide and numerous prestigious venues all over UK.
Talented Flamenco dancer Rebeca Ortega together with Kathak dancers Mira Salat (Pagrav Dance Company) and Shyam Nayan (Subrang Arts) add a powerful and dynamic dance element to the sounds of music.
The artists embark on a musical journey that transcends borders and celebrates the rich tapestry of sounds and rhythms. These cultural interactions highlight the beauty of shared heritage and the ways in which music transcends borders.
Mehboob Nadeem: Sitar
Ramon Ruiz: Guitar
Rebeca Ortega: Flamenco
Mira Salat & Shyam Nayan: Kathak
Hanif Khan: Tabla
Natalia Marin: Singer
Sebastian Ruiz: Cajon