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Classical Indian ensemble
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Samswara have been performing Indian sitar & tabla music together since 2001 and have developed a strong performance rapport between them.

Samswara have been playing together for over 14 years, developing their dynamic performances and spontaneous, playful musical dialogues through which they journey from slow, meditative melodies through to fast and highly detailed exciting rhythmical interplay. Samswara were performers at the National celebration of British Asian Live Arts in 2008 and were voted ‘Best Group’ in the MTM South West & South Wales Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014. Samswara have performed Indian music together in Art centres, Festivals , private events, Weddings and functions and were performers at the National Celebration of British Asian Live Arts in 2008. They have also recorded 2 Indian classical Sitar & Tabla CD’s together – Rag Ahir Bhairav & a live recording of Rag Kirvani. ” . . .The brilliant sitar of Ricky Romain in duet with Jon Sterckx’s tabla wizardry was a first class example of musicians “playing off” each other, their evident joy never becoming indulgent, and never compromising the aims of the music. . . .” – Colin Sell, BBC Radio 4. ” a mesmerising sitar & tabla performance by Ricky Romain & Jon Sterckx”. Plymouth South Asian Society.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Classical, Indian music, World music
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Classical Indian ensemble
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Event types:
Concert, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event
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Song list

Raga Bhairavi
Raga Ahir Bhairav
Raga Bageshri
Raga Bhairav
Raga Bilaskhani Todi
Raga Chandrakauns
Raga Charukeshi
Raga Desh
Raga Dhani
Raga Durga
Raga Hindol
Raga Jhinjhoti
Raga Jog
Raga Kafi
Raga Kedar
Raga Khamaj
Raga Kirvani
Raga Malkauns
Raga Manj Khamaj
Raga Marwa
Raga Multani
Raga NandKauns
Raga Pilu
Raga Puriya Kalyan
Raga Rageshri
Raga Shankara
Raga Shivranjani
Raga Shri
Raga Sohni
Raga Yaman


From customers:

Dr. D, 2015 years ago

Ricky and Jon played at my marriage to my wife Dilara on a beautiful summer's day in late August 2011 in Bromley, Kent - and I cannot emphasize quite enough how wonderful it was to have them honour our special day with their performance. From start to finish they have both been absolute gentlemen to deal with; precise through the booking process and extremely reliable on the day - they were kind enough to arrive at the venue a good couple of hours early to set up the equipment on an outdoor stage, and went on to perform superbly for hours. Ricky and Jon created an ambience where the elegance of their music melted into the warm sunshine and the celebratory mood; our guests were mesmerized, and I myself have never heard classical Indian music played to such a high standard anywhere. My deeply traditional parents, who pride themselves on their knowledge of Indian culture and music, were equally impressed. Throughout the day they were a joy to have present - gracious, polite and charismatic - and we were all sorry to see them leave as evening drew near. I would recommend Ricky and Jon without a moment's hesitation for an event of any kind, given that they enhanced ours beyond measure.

Mahesh S, 2018 years ago

It was a treat to listen to Jon Sterckx and Ricky Romain on the tabla and sitar respectively. Jon and Ricky gave a short but superb introduction to Indian music, explained some of the difference between western and Indian styles and captivated the audience later with the rendition of the Bhairavi raga in Vilambit, Madhya and Drut tintaal. Jon and Ricky engaged very well with the audience providing a thrilling performance and deserving the rapturous applause they received at the end. I am looking forward to hearing them again soon!

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