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Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2020

There will be a Festival also in 2020!

The 14th edition of Scandinavia´s most prestigiuos festival for Indian classical music and dance will take place during three days in November. We will start at the venue The Nut House in Upplands Väsby on the 15th of with an afternoon dedicated to the timeless classics of Bollywood performed on the traditional instruments of India. This is also an oppurtunity for the audience to interact and learn more about the music and the instruments.

This year´s Young Sangeet will take place on the 21st at the Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts in Vårby. Suitable for the children from the age 4 years and up , there will be Puppet Theatre from Rajasthan and the chance to try Indian classical dance in a playful manner. For 12 year and up the day will be finished with a session of Bollywood dance!

The main concert day will take place on the 22nd at Musikvalvet Baggen in the old town in of Stockholm, where will enjoy the classical music and dance separated into three different session for morning, afternoon and evening. The venue will allow for a limited audience to enjoy the fesival in a traditional baithak setting, with acoustics and ambience reminiscent of the old days of classical music in India.

SSF 2020 is arranged in accordance to FHM guidelines to keep the event safe for everyone.


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Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2020 is arranged by Stockholm Sangeet Förening in collaboration with Farhang Förening, Musikvalvet Baggen, The Nuthouse, Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts and Odissi Dansproduktion with support from Region Stockholm, Indian Embassy of Stockholm and Latvia and Statens Kulturråd.









Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2020

Musikvalvet Baggen/The Nut House/Saraswathy Kalakendra of Fine Arts
November 15, 2020

Program Schedule

Enjoy the excellent lunch options at The Nut House, before the musicians take the stage for the Bollywood classics. We will start with an introduction to the music and instruments where any questions from the audience are welcome. Music is roughly 1 hr. KG Westman -sitar, Stian Grimstad -sitar, Hugo Widén -tabla, guest: Kalle-Lotta Mossige Norheim -harmonium. 100 SEK (under 12 free). Prebook at to be sure get a seat.

Puppet show by Shafiq Khan. Suitable for children above 4 years old.

Let the children try Indian dance led by Usha Balasundaram who has long experience as bharatanatyam teacher. Suitable for children age 4 years and up.

Puppet show by Shafiq Khan. Suitable for children above 4 years old.

Let the children try Indian dance led by Usha Balasundaram who has long experience as bharatanatyam teacher. Suitable for children age 4 years and up.

Try Bollywood dancing led by Sweetha Balasundaram. Suitable for youngsters and adults above age 12.

The morning session starts with a Surbahar recital by K.G. Westman, after that we take a chai break before continuing with Bansuri by Anurag Choudhary accompanied by Eric Galvez in the Tabla. 150 kr/Youth, student/pensioner 120 kr Prebook at

Bharatanatyam dancer Pauline Reibell and Odissi dancer Ulrika Larsen performs the newly written Bindu Sagar. Accompanied by Stian Grimstad on sitar and Hugo Widén on tabla. 150 kr/Youth, student/pensioner 120 kr Prebook at

A meeting Carnatic and Hindustani classical music featuring two of Sweden´s greats: Arun Venkitaraman on the violin and Suranjana Ghosh on tabla. Be prepared for raga fireworks! 150 kr/Youth, student/pensioner 120 kr Prebook at


Some glimpses from Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019


Arun Venkitaraman

Dr. Arun Venkitaraman is a violinist in the South Indian classical music tradition. He is known for his vibrant, soothing, and intricate style of playing. Arun started his initial training under late Smt. Vijayam Ramaswami of Navi Mumbai at the age of 14. He continues his advanced training under the guidance of Smt. Vasantha Kannan from Chennai, India in the Lalgudi style of violin playing. Arun is a post-doctoral researcher in artificial intelligence at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm. Arun has given numerous solo and accompaniment concerts at various prestigious venues in India and Europe.

Suranjana Ghosh

Suranjana Ghosh is one of the very few female professional tabla players from India. A disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, she moves across a broad spectrum of musical styles, in India and in the West. In the 2000s she 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

Anurag Choudhary

Anurag grew up in India and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Indian Classical Music. He moved to Sweden in 2005 to continue his higher studies. As a trained concert flautist he regularly performs and promotes Indian Classical Music through concerts, workshops and collaborating with other international artists.

Paulinne Reibell

Pauline Reibell has been dancing Bharatanatyam- South Indian classical dance professionally more than 15 years and learned from Malavika in Paris, which is her place of birth, and from Sucheta Chapekar in Pune, India. Since 2005 Pauline has worked as a freelance dancer with companies like MAMU theatre in Germany (Butô), ANGIKA and ATMA dance company and Midnight tango in London. After many years of experience and exploration with Bharata Natyam, Yoga and other forms of movement, Pauline wants to bring the expressive quality of Indian classical dance along with mantras from yoga tradition celebrating words of wisdom with sound, hand gestures and drishti, the intention and focus of the gaze.

Ulrika Larsen

Ulrika Larsen is one of Sweden´s leading exponents of Odissi- East Indian classical dance with a rigorous training in India as an ICCR scholar from eminent Gurus like Ramani Ranjana Jena, Aruna Mohanty, Sujata Mohapatra and at Nrityagram. Ulrika works as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher since 2002 and holds a Master degree diploma in Directing and Dramaturgy for Movements Arts from Stockholm University of the Arts. As the Artistic Director of Odissi Dansproduktion and Farhang´s dance platform Movement in exile Ulrika promotes classical Odissi in Sweden. She also explores Indian classical dance within contemporary contexts and delves into its various expressions and movements in many collaborative works with other performing artists and musicians.

Eric Galvez

Eric is a Swedish tabla player based in Stockholm who lived and studied music in Varanasi, India, between the years 2010 and 2016. He also holds a BA Linguistics from the Banaras Hindu University. Eric had the privilege to study with Pt Chhotelal Mishra before his passing and after that with Nitiranjan Biswas in Rotterdam. Trained initially in the Banaras style of tabla, his teachers always emphasized the importance of all gharanas and learning various styles for various purposes.

Stian Grimstad

Stian Grimstad 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

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. In 2017 the album Sonashish was released on the Kolkata label Bihaan Music.

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.

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.

Kalle-Lotta Mossige-Norheim


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