Sitar & Tabla Concert for Afghanistan
Friday 8 October 7:30-9pm, St Michael's Church, Shute EX13 7QR
Ricky Romain is a locally based artist and sitar player. He began his Classical Indian musical study by becoming a residential pupil of Punita Gupta (a disciple of Ravi Shankar) in Southall London in 1972. He continued to study Indian Classical music by the traditional master/pupil method, eventually becoming proficient in the understanding, and use, of Rag and Tal, (Melody and Rhythm), and with the improvisational techniques associated with Northern Indian classical music conventions. He has performed regularly throughout the West Country, nationally and in Europe since the early 1980’s. He has also been involved in a wide variety of collaborations and recordings with Classical Indian musicians. For the last ten years he has been an associate lecturer in Indian classical music at the University of Plymouth. Ricky will be accompanied by Lewis Riley on the Tabla. Both musicians have generously agreed a reduced fee so that proceeds from the concert can go to support a crowdfunder for Afghan women trapped in the country who need funds urgently to assist them whilst they seek to leave.