Gem Arts presents
Sunday 3 September, 2023. 4.30pm doors.
£11.55, £16.96 & £22.38
includes booking fee. Tickets available online only. Advance booking recommended due to limited capacity). Prices vary based on seating position in relation to stage.
Bollywood Raagas to Rock brings you some of the greatest hits of Bollywood from the 1960’s through to the recent era based on semi-classical music.
Led by vocalist Dr Asmita Dixit, known for her melodious voice and often dubbed as ‘nightingale of Northeast of England’, she is winner of the “British Icon trophy” for singing in International Indian Icon contest in Chicago, US in 2019.
Her forte is being able to sing all musical genres ranging from bhajans, ghazals to soulful Bollywood numbers.
Asmita has been classically trained in music since childhood and has continued her lifelong quest for further improvisation through learning classical music of Agra and Jaipur gayaki from Pt Shaunakji Abhisheki of Mangeshi, Goa. She has original music album with Hindustani classical vocalist Pt Sanjeev Abhyankar, Bela Shende , Ranjana tai Joglekar and also sung original numbers with stalwarts of Marathi and Hindi music industry such as Swapnil Bandodkar and Shaan.
She has featured in the BBC radio Media city Manchester in June 2016 , Spice FM Newcastle radio in December 2023 about her passion and pursuit for Music and Medicine!
Accompanying on keyboard is Ivon Jolly who has played with a whole host of musicians across genres including featuring on national TV show “Idea Rocks India” with his band the Sixth Sense.
On tabla and percussion is Hamit Walia who has accompanied some eminent artists like Pt Rakesh Chaurasia, Pt Birju Maharaj, Late legend of India Shri Manna Dey ji, Veena maestro Rajhesh Vaidiya, Canadian singer ABBY V and the Late Thumri Queen Shobha Gurtu ji.