Families That Perform Together
The Spring series of Mid-day Mantra
Three Saturdays of chat and performance screenings between mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and partners who all have music and dance as a shared passion.
Mid Day Mantras have, over the years presented exceptional live music events to audiences in Birmingham. Presently we are able to offer you these concert events online wherever you are.
Join us at facebook.com/sampad.arts on Saturdays 24 April, 1 May and 8 May. Mid-day Mantra’s are FREE online events.
Saturday 24 April, 12noon (BST) Dancing Together – Kiran Ratna and daughter Vibha Selvaratnam, and Ashwini Kalsekar and daughter Siya Kalsekar meet with Anaya Bolar and Chitraleka Bolar.
Saturday 1 May, 12noon (BST): Making Music Together – Dharambir Singh MBE and family meet with Seetal Kaur.
Saturday 8 May, 12noon (BST): Singing Together – Satadeepa Gupta with son Srideep Mallick, and Vandana Mukesh with family meet with Titiksha Shah.
Saturday 8 May, 12noon (BST): Singing Together – Satadeepa Gupta with son Srideep Mallick, and Vandana Mukesh with family meet with Titiksha Shah
Satadeepa was Educated in India, has a PhD in Biochemistry and has worked in Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 16 years in Pathology. She is trained in Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore songs) and attained a Gitabharati degree. Satadeepa says “Music is like worship for me. I take immense interest to teach music to students of all ages. At present I am taking training in Indian Classical Music from my teacher in India”.
Srideep works as a Junior doctor and an Imperial College medical graduate. He is passionate in videography and music especially singing Bangla and Hindi songs.
Dr Vandana Mukesh, is a lecturer of English and Hindi writer by profession and Music has always been a part of the Sharma family. She has a great passion for folk music, which she inherited from her mother who used to sing while doing here household chores. She will present a range of folk songs from India and Pakistan. Vandana is also a well-known and published author, writing in Hindi.
Vandana is married to Dr Mukesh Sharma, who is a self-taught musician and enjoys playing Dholak, Flute, Harmonium, amongst a variety of instruments. He will be accompanying Vandana on Dholak. He is an anaesthetist by profession and presently, works at the Walsall Manor Hospital as a consultant.
They will be joined by their son, Pulkit Sharma, a tabla player, equally at ease performing in ensembles or as a soloist. He is a disciple of Ustad Sarvar Sabri. His interest in music came from his parents who are both keen art lovers. Guided by his guru and encouraged by his parents, Pulkit’s love for music has led to him explore and acquire mastery over rare folk instruments such as Khartaal, Dhol, Bhapang, and Morchang.
The final member of the ensemble is Radhika Joshi Sharma who is married to Pulkit. She is an accomplished dancer and singer, having performed at a university level in India. She will support the ensemble as a backing vocalist. Radhika is a digital marketing professional having received her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C).
Presenter Titikssha is a well-established fashion designer, multi-lingual interpreter, business-woman, motivational speaker, stage artist, compere and a poet. Titiksha is well known for promoting Indian languages & literature in the community. In 2002 she started Hindi language competitions for Hindi students in the Midlands and founded literature group Kriti UK in association with the High Commission of India and UK Hindi Samiti. In 2003, Titikssha was awarded for her work by the Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Government of Uttar Pradesh, India by the Honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow, India.