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Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019

For the Festival´s 13th edition, Stockholm Sangeet is presenting a magnificient, extended festival spanning over four days! In 2019 we also want to give highlight to two special topics: the 150 years anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the unique historical role of classical music and dances as a meeting point for hinduism and islam.

This year the festival will take place at several different venues, and besides the traditional classical music and dance also introduce the folk styles from Bangladesh and elsewhere. There will be activities such as yoga, panel discussions, food, dance workshop and showcases to provide a wider spectrum of experiences.

For the rasikas of tomorrow we also have Young Sangeet with student performances and children´s theatre.The last day at Stallet we will as usual host the popular Open Sangeet where everyone is welcome to meet, hang out, or even take the stage to perform music or dance from the South Asian subcontinent.

Stockholm Sangeet Festival is proud to once again present the world class artists of today as well as those of tomorrow. We still keep ticket costs to a minimum so that everyone can afford to come and bring the family along.

A warm welcome to Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019!

Directions to the venues:

Day 1: Music Meeting Point Evening at Teatern, Röda Korsets Folkhögskola, Skärholmen

Day 2: Concert Day at Riksteatern, Hallunda

Day 3 Concert Day at Kulturskolan, Hammarby Sjöstad

Day 4: Open Sangeet at Stallet, Blasieholmen


Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019 is organized by Stockholm Sangeet Förening in collaboration with Farhang Förening, Riksteatern, Stallet Världens musik, Kulturskolan Stockholm, Länsmusiken i Stockholm/Musikaliska, Skärholmens Stadsdelsförvaltning, Röda Korsets Folkhögskola, Swedish Mekteb, Sensus, Indisk Dansakademi, Mosaikteatern, Odissi Dansproduktion/Movement in Exile and SearchIndie with support from Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stads Kulturförvaltning, Region Stockholm, Statens Musikverk, and Indian Embassy of Sweden and Latvia.









Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019

Röda Korsets Folkhögskola/Riksteatern/Kulturskolan/Stallet
November 15, 2019

Program Schedule

Music meeting point at the Theatre of Röda Korsets Folkhögskola, Bredängstorget 14
Coffee and sandwiches available from 17.30. Free entry.
NOTE:The venue is not available for wheelchairs

18:00 - Panel Discussion

Artists Mohsin Ali Khan, Veronica Tjerned and Anurag Choudhary on the topic "Indian classical music and dance as a meeting point for hinduism and islam". Free entry. Röda Korsets Folkhögskola.

vocal accompanied by Debasish Mukherjee on tabla. Free entry.

Kathak dance by Veronica Tjerned accompanied by Debasish Mukherjee on tabla. Free entry.

Concert day at Riksteatern, Hallundavägen 30, Hallunda.
Tickets for afternoon and evening:
The venue is available for wheelchairs.

12:30 at Riksteatern - Yoga Workshop

An introduction to Plexuses and practical technique of Attitude of Psychic Union with Ms Veenu Soni, Teacher of Indian Culture at the Embassy of India, Stockholm. Free entry

A concert dedicated to the future of the arts. South Asian music and dance with students from Kulturskolan Stockholm, Srutilaya Music Centre, Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts, Indisk Dansakademi and others. Free entry.

Try facial expressions and hand movements, and create a small folk dans choreography with Usha Balasundaram of Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts

An homage to Gandhi through Khyal and Bhajan singing. Accompanied by Suranjana Ghosh on the tabla.

Excerpt from the dance drama Gulabistan in collaboration with Mosaikteatern

Bangla songs with Shipra Nandi -vocal, Malik Nafiz -vocal, Moa Danielson Grimstad -santoor, Stian Grimstad -sitar, Hugo Widén -tabla, Jonas Sjöblom -flute

Sufi inspired modern and classic kathak dance performed by Indisk Dansakademi

Kathak dance performance accompanied by Debasish Mukherjee on tabla.

Childrens theatre with animal stories mainly based on Indian and Nordic mythology. Suitable for 2-6 year olds. Ulrika Larsen and Ipshita Rajesh -choreography, dance and storytelling, Moa Danielson Grimstad -santoor, composition. tickets:

At Kulturskolan with Rani Khanam. All levels welcome. Sign up by email to

Classical music with Mohsin Ali Khan -vocal, KG Westman -sitar, Suranjana Ghosh -tabla, Amanda Welch -swarmandal, Katarina Dahlbeck -tanpura

Concert of Violin and Mridangam in south Indian style

Sitar recital accompanied by Debasish Mukherjee on tabla

Open Sangeet at Stallet, Stallgatan 7.
The venue is available for wheelchairs. Free entry

18:00 at Stallet - Open Sangeet

Open stage with South Asian theme. Perform or just come by for food and drinks. To reserve a slot on stage email Free entry.


Highlights from Stockholm Sangeet 2018


Pictures by Max Dahlstrand, more at


Anupama Bhagwat

Anupama Bhagwat, sitar musician nonpareil, has carved a niche in Indian Classical Music with a versatile & eclectic style. Acclaimed world-wide with a repertoire of global performances since 1995, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre. One of the leading disciples of Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, doyen of the Imdadkhani Gharana, Anupama’s style is characterized by scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap, and brilliant fluency of melody (raaga-bhava), while remaining true to tradition.

Rani Khanam

Rani Khanam is one of the most sensitive and astute interpreters of Lucknow Gharana of Kathak today and she has been performing professionally for the past thirty years. She brings to her dance a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense of spiritual fulfillment. Her style reflects deep comprehension of the dance tradition which has set new dimensions and source of inspirations to younger generation. While deeply rooted in tradition she has evolved her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of Kathak.

Debasish Mukherjee

Debasish Mukherjee is among the leading tabla players to have emerged from the great musical hub of Calcutta. He trained with the doyen of the legendary Benares gharana, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, as well as with his father Pandit Kanai Mukherjee and with his father’s Guru, Pandit Nanku Maharaj, for over two decades from 1976. He is an “A-grade” artist with All India Radio. Debasish maintains a performance profile in India, the UK and Europe. Pandit Nanku Maharaj, who was renowned for his accompaniment of kathak dancers has imparted a training which gives Debasish an acute insight into dance.

Tamnia Islam

Vocalist Tamnia Islam started her journey of music at the age of seven with Shri Kajal Dev as her first music teacher. One year later, she started learning music from Shrimati Bharati Aich, the eldest daughter of Late Pandit Mithun Dey of Mymensingh. From her, Tamnia took ‘talim’ for eight years. Besides, Tamnia also attended courses of Nazrul Sangeet in Nazrul Academy and Chhayanaut Sangeet Biddyayatan in Dhaka. Later, she took ‘talim’ of Classical Music and NazrulSangeet from Ustad Karim Shahabuddin for another six years. At present, Tamnia is taking ‘talim’ of Classical Music and Light Classical from two of her gurus: Vidushi Runu Mitra and Shri Arghya Chakrabarty from Kolkata. Runu Mitra has been a disciple of Late Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Arghya Chakrabarty is a disciple of Shri Shantanu Bhattacharya.

Shipra Nandy

Shipra Nandy, singer from West Bengal now based in Stockholm is a sought after singer of hindustani classical music, tumri and traditional bengali music who has worked with some of Swedens most respected musicians, among them Jonas Knutsson and Ale Möller. She is educated at Stockholm Royal College of Music as well as traditionally trained ny among others her guru Joyanto Sharkar.

Moa Danielson

Moa Danielson Grimstad, santoor, is educated at the Royal college of music in Stockholm and Norway Music Academy. With her background in western classical piano Moa studied tabla, pajkhawaj and santoor in Varanasi, India with Sudip Kumar Bhattacharya, Kishore Kumar Mishra och Shivaji Kevale for more than 15 years and has since 2018 received santoor teaching from Pandit Bhajan Sopori.

Malik Nafiz

Malik Nafiz is a renowned singer, composer and music director from Bangladesh. He has been devoted to music for the last 40 years. He started his musical career at a very early age and has created a space for himself as a vocalist, composer and music director in different movies, theaters and concerts worldwide. He has conducted numerous project with music around the world, including his 15 years of contribution in Bangladesh National Radio and Television

Stian Grimstad

Stian Grimstad (sitar) started his sitarstudies in 1996 and have since then continued his studies through frequent visits to India. After the initial training from the late Sambonath Bhattacharya he continued under the guidance of Khursid Ali Khan, a former student of Ustad Vilayat Khan, and since 2005 also from Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior student of Pandit Ravi Shankar

Hugo Widén

Hugo Widén is a Swedish tabla player, percussionist and drummer born into a musical family. His father, a professional guitarist and singer, started teaching him music from an early age. Hugo has studied the Indian Tabla under the guidance of his guru Suranjana Ghosh who follows the Lucknow Gharana and plays concerts around the world. Hugo has, with many different projects and bands, played many concerts around Sweden, Europe and India. He has over the years focused on many different musical styles such as pop, rock, punk, jazz, Hip-hop and music from different parts of the world. Today, Hugo mostly focuses on Indian classical music on Tabla and Reggae on drumkit

Jonas Sjöblom

Efter avslutande studier vid Musikhögskolan på slagverk, flöjter och sång är Jonas verksam som frilansmusiker/artist, kompositör och producent. Förutom att ha samarbetat med ett otal namnkunniga artister inom olika genrer har Jonas studerat både tablas och bansuri-flöjt. Bla vid Vrindaban Gurukul som drivs av flöjtisten Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasias. Vidare kan nämnas att Jonas var utvald som tablaist vid privat framträdande inför Ravi Shankar, kungafamiljen m.fl i samband med polarprisutdelningen 1998.

Mohsin Ali Khan

He graduated in Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. Mohsin was groomed by his father, a renowned Sarod Player Ustad Abdul Sami Khan since the age of five. Considering Mohsin's control on swara in his early age, his father advised him to take lessons from Ustad Amir Ahmad Khan. Soon, he mastered on all special and unique features of Kirana gharana gayaki. Mohsin has god gifted versatile voice which is appropriate for khayal gayaki also ghazal. He has ability to create a sublime atmosphere. He has command in doing "Badhat of Raag" in kirana style as also he has command on sargam and taanas without compromising mood and identity of raaga.

Suranjana Ghosh

Suranjana Ghosh is one of the very few female professional tabla players from India. A diciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, she moves across a broad spectrum of musical styles, in India and in the West. In the 2000s she has had many collaborations with musicians in Sweden and numerous and diverse music projects. With roots in North Indian Classical music, Suranjana meets music and musicians from various genres: Indian raga, Swedish folk, blues, jazz, flamenco, church music, opera, etc

K.G. Westman

K.G. Westman is one of Europe´s foremost sitar players in the field of North Indian classical and semi classical music. As a senior disciple of Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami he has performed in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Europe, USA and Russia as well as for radio and T.V. Due to training in both Indian and Western Music, he also makes an excellent teacher and conductor of workshops regardless of the background of the participants. K.G. Westman is one of the founders and main organizers of the Stockholm Sangeet Festival, Scandinavia’s most prestigeous event for Indian Classical Music and dance, which has run continuously for over a decade. In 2017 the album Sonashish was released on the Kolkata label Bihaan Music.

Vernica Tjerned

Veronica Tjerned has studied various forms of classical dances from India since early childhood. But decided to focus only on kathak since 1999 as she truly believes you can only master one style in one life time. Beside her training in kathak, she obtained a degree as Dance pedagog with focus on holistic training and teaching children from DOCH. In 2018 she received her master at STDH in Dramaturgy and directing movement based stage craft. She is the artistic director for Indisk Dansakademi. She has formed the dance troup Kathak-Kompaniet with her more senior students. Veronicas aim is to develop and promote Indian classical dance and music in Sweden.

Amanda Welch

Amanda Welch is a sitarist living in Brooklyn and studying with Abhik Mukherjee of Imdadkhani Gharana. She spends her winters studying with Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami in Varanasi, India and has also received training from the late Peter Row of the New England Conservatory. She teaches as well as conducts educational demonstrations for preschool, elementary and high-school students. She has performed and accompanied in colleges, high schools, museums, galleries, house concerts and yoga studios throughout the world.

Katarina Dahlbeck

Katarina Dahlbeck (BA Japanese) has lived during extensive periods at an ashram in the US where she studied sitar and meditation under her teacher, the late Acharya Roop Verma (-17). She is now continuing her studies with his son, the California based sitarist, Arjun Verma. Katarina has been offering yoga classes since 2005 and has been accompanying her teachers as well as other artists on tamboura on various occasions.

Soumen Roy Chowdhary

Soumen Roy Chowdhury plays Sarod in the tradition of Senia Maihar Gharana. He is also a finance professional and currently works as a Lead Finance Architect at Electrolux Stockholm. Soumen was born and brought up in Calcutta. He began his sarod training under Late Birendranath Bandopadhyay (disciple of late Baba Allauddin Khan and late Annapurna Devi) from five years of age. Two years later he started training with another Senia Maihar meastro late Anil Mallick (Disciple of late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) and continued for next fifteen years. Soumen's music is deeply rooted in tradition but he presents the conventional style with unanticipated chords and phrases.

Usha Balasundaram

Usha Balasundaram has established herself as a classical dancer the ancient dance form, Bharatanatyam. After undergoing rigorous training for Bharatanatyam, from Kalakshetra, Chennai, she joined Chandralekha dance company, which helped her explore the world with her outstanding performances. This also helped her to interact and know other forms of dance and art, especially having an opportunity to work with Pina Bausch, the most celebrated contemporary dancer and choreographer. Moving to Sweden gave her the opportunity to choose her passion as her profession, where in the year 2002 she established Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts, Stockholm. The school is located in vårby gård and is spreading this ancient form of dance across Sweden. She is also a dance teacher in Stockholm Kulturskolan, where she has the students of different nationalities. There she also works with teachers of different art forms and organises workshops.

Ulrika Larsen

Ulrika Larsen is one of Sweden´s leading exponents of Odissi- East Indian classical dance. She has a rigorous training in India as an ICCR scholar from eminent Gurus like Ramani Ranjana Jena, Aruna Mohanty, Sujata Mohapatra and at Nrityagram. Ulrika is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer and holds a Master degree diploma in Directing and Dramaturgy for Movements based Arts from Stockholm University of the Arts. As the Artistic Director of Odissi Dansproduktion and the platform Movement in exile Ulrika performs and promotes classical Odissi and also explores Indian Classical Dance within contemporary contexts and in many collaborative works with dancers, visual artists and musicians.

Ipshita Rajesh

Being a dancer-storyteller, Ipshita Rajesh, trained in classical bharatanatyam, is taking the classical dance form into the modern society by seeing the art and dance as a way of telling stories to her audience.

Arun Venkitaraman

Dr. Arun Venkitaraman is a violinist in the South Indian Carnatic music tradition. Arun started his initial training under late Smt. Vijayam Ramaswami of Navi Mumbai. He continued his advanced training under the guidance of Smt. Vasantha Kannan from Chennai, in the Lalgudi style of violin playing. Arun is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm. Arun has given numerous solo and accompaniment recitals at various prestigious venues in India, Sweden, and abroad.

Charu Hariharan

A percussionist, singer and composer, Charu Hariharan is a multi-faceted musician. Born in 1989 in Kerala, India she started learning South Indian Classical music initially from her grandfather Sri. Bhagavatheeswara Iyer and later from her mother and renowned singer, Dr. B. Arundhathi. Her parents discovered her passion for rhythm since childhood and she started learning Mridangam under guru Sri. Mannarkoil J. Balaji from the age of 10. Becoming the first female to be awarded the CCRT scholarship for Mridangam, she started performing concerts since the age of 14.



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