INDIAN singer Aruna Sairam makes her UK debut next month when she gives a concert in Dewsbury Town Hall.
Aruna is a renowned Carnatic vocalist and will be singing a mix of rare classical compositions as well as lighter folk songs and melodies.
Born in Mumbai, Aruna grew up in a house filled with Carnatic music. Her mother, Smt Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, was also an accomplished vocalist.
Aruna’s concert in Dewsbury on March 28 (7pm) is called Breathing Music and is presented by Asian arts organisation Manasamitra in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage. It is part of the Darbar International Festival of South Asian Music which will see 50 artists involved in more than 30 concerts and events across the country. This is the biggest event of its kind outside India.
Aruna will be accompanied by Patri Satish Kumar who plays mridangam and Jyotsna Shrikanth on violin.
Her ability to communicate in English, French and other European languages has helped Aruna to cross boundaries and to bring Carnatic music to a world audience.
She has collaborated with many musicians including German performers Christian Bollman and Michael Reimann and French singer Dominique Vellard and has also sung in the theatre production Le Baby Blue which is a French musical based on South Indian music.
Tickets are £8- £10 (plus concessions) from Kirklees booking offices on 01924 324501.