The ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ concert series is a flagship of Milap’s dedication to Indian arts and culture.
Kousic Sen, Milap’s artist-in-residence is a tabla player well known for his rhythmic mastery, whose intense and energetic performances continue to add dimensions to traditional concert experiences throughout the world’s most famous venues and festivals.
Born into a musical family, Kousic is the proud representative of the Banaras Gharana and is one of the foremost tabla players of his generation. He has accompanied many notable musicians and dancers throughout India and is a regular participant in major music festivals around the world. He has toured extensively in USA, Canada, Europe and South and East Asia. Kousic has also collaborated with musicians from other traditions, working with Western, Cuban, Indonesian, Persian and Spanish musicians.
The first of the three dates for this concert series will also feature Kaviraj Singh and also Kirpal Panesar.
Combining both soulful musicality and a complex rhythm, Singh brings a fresh blend of modern British culture and classical Indian tradition to his music. Raised in a musical family, he continues to take the legacy further by showcasing the beauty and intricacy of the Santoor; one of India’s most treasured stringed instruments.
Kirpal Panesar plays the Tar Shehnai as both a soloist and an accompanist to some of the greatest musicians of India. His versatility and soulful playing along with his unique improvisation skills leaves audiences captivated.
Milap’s Head of Marketing Archana Shastri said: “While we’ve all adapted to and experienced the arts online to varying degrees over the last two years, we can all agree that there’s nothing quite like the energy, thrill and emotion you feel when attending a live event.”
“Our Music for the Mind and Soul concerts are the perfect tonic to these strange and stressful times – a chance to escape, relax and lose yourself in the rich sounds of Indian music. Music has the power to heal and unite – something we all need now more than ever, and we can’t wait to welcome our audiences back to the Capstone for the return of our much-loved concert series this Spring.”
Over the past 26 years, ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ has featured established stars and emerging musicians of the Indian Diaspora, and also regularly presents the next generation of British talent.