PRITAM SINGH - Master musician (Indian classical percussion and vocal) Music Consultant, Teacher, Workshop facilitator and Project Manager

From age 5, Pritam has been studying traditional Indian Classical Music under the disciplined guidance of his Guru Sri Ajit Singh Mutlashi.

Through rigorous training, Pritam excelled in vocals and tabla and at the tender age of 13 recorded his first album ‘’Mai Gur Charni Laiye’’ – a collection of devotional songs available on vinyl. The resilient tabla star has gone on to record over fifty albums of diverse musical styles including African, Brazilian, Egyptian, Latin, Moroccan, Western Jazz, Western Asian Pop ,Bhangra and Indian classical.

Pritam’s versatility and experience has led to colourful collaborations with a wide spectrum of art forms, from dance; with Akram Khan, Shumita Ghosh Bhartia Vidya Bhavan and The Royal Ballet Birmingham and theatre; with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome to opera alongside the Birmingham Opera Company. All prime examples of how creatively he has fused and crossed boundaries with other musical traditions.

Pritam has received numerous accolades in recognition of his work. Best musician in 1986/7 and a special award in 2000 for his ‘’contribution to Indian classical music in Britain’’. He has attained a 1st class Masters Degree in Indian classical vocal with honours in Indian percussion and has accomplished a 1st class Masters Bachelors Degree in Indian classical vocal. Amazingly, he also holds a Post Graduate Degree in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham.

Pritam has done numerous recordings around the world for TV and Radio and has composed and recorded music for film scores, the most prominent being ‘’In the Wild’’ starring Goldie Hawn.

Pritam toured extensively with sitar maestro Pandit Shalil Shankar, the most senior and renowned discipline of legendary Ravi Shankar. As an ambassador of Indian classical music he not only performs in major concert halls but feels it is his duty to educate and share this authentic art and culture in academic institutes through workshops and lecture demonstrations; from pre-school to post-graduate students.

Pritam continues to work closely with the education authorities and arts organisations in England and abroad as a consultant and teacher of Indian music. He is highly regarded for his work with special needs children and troubled youngsters through his management of community cohesion projects.

A uniquely presented tabla manual entitled ‘Tabla Tutor – Encouraging the young performer’ (Volume 1), created by Pritam, is available for self tuition and coincides with the National Curriculum.

Having taught classes for 25 years in the UK, Pritam also runs regular classes all over 30 years in the UK and europe and has been teaching tabla and classical vocals monthly in Pisa and San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy for the last ten years. His Italian students and have performed across Italy and in the UK to rapturous applause. (link of clip Italian students)

Pritam has had the honour of performing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals including Glastonbury, Womad, Jazz Baltica, The Big Chill and most prestigiously at the century old Harbalb Sangeet Samelan 1993/95/2010 in Jalandhar, India where he performed tabla solo and was the first foreign born musician to do so. Thus sharing the platform with some of the great Indian classical musicians of out time such as Ravi Shankar (sitar), Amjad Ali Khan (sarod), Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor) and Bismillah Khan (shehnai)

‘’Pritam Rhythm Tribe’’ is his own personal creation. The band is a unique blend of rhythm styles and sounds from across the globe. The setup includes Indian, African, Latin, Egyptian and western drums. It has been described as the cutting edge sound by notable critics and musicians alike. The band has represented and performed at prestigious events in the city of Birmingham and across Europe.

Pritam is a true ambassador of Indian arts, music and culture with an expanding visionary outlook to the future.

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