Samir the Sitar Player - Sitar & Tabla Duo
One of the UK's leading sitarists, he has performed throughout the UK, India, Europe and America. As a student of the worlds top sitarist (Ustad Shahid Parvez) his approach to classical and folk music is progressive and thoughtful. Beautiful melodies and showmanship are present at all of his events. He has been interviewed and recorded for film and television, and has worked with a number of fusion, theatre and dance groups. He also accompanies as a tabla player for various artists.
He can also be booked with his wife who is a singer from Punjab, India and has an M.A. in vocal music. She has studied with Pandit Om Parkash and Pashupati Nath Mishra and has performed in India and the UK and has featured on a number of recordings. She is skilled in folk, classical, popular and religious singing styles and is blessed with a stunning voice. Whist singing she also plays tanpura (a stringed drone instrument) or harmonium (a wind powered keyboard). Also available for Ladies Sangeet events.
View her profile here: UK Punjabi Singer
Various very skilled and experienced tabla players perform with this act, all of which are capable of tabla solos and accompaniment of many genres (both eastern and western) and demonstrate all the sweetness and complexities of such an exciting form of percussion
“a very melodious person who we must listen to again…..” Rajan Mishra (legendary Khayal Vocalist).
"a stunner.......a work of exquisite beauty" Bobby Friction (BBC Radio 1, BBC Asian Network).
"Well done, I really enjoyed your music" Satish Vyas (world renowned Sanoor player).
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Samir the Sitar Player - Sitar & Tabla Duo Feedback
“We totally recommend Samir the Sitar Player. They were a pleasure to have around, punctual well presented, easy to accommodate and the sound was fantastic. We would not hesitate to have them around again in the future, We cannot thank you enough for making our day special and memorable.
Scott Page, Stanford Le Hope, Essex (May 2022)
“A belated note to say thank you so much to you and your colleague for playing during our Hindu ceremony and at the reception.
You were reliable, friendly and so many of our guests commented on how excellent your playing was.
We will absolutely bear you in mind for future family events and won't hesitate to recommend you both. Thank you again.
Sophie & Kunal, Cambridge University (August, 2021)
“Simply Brilliant, beautiful enjoyable music. Sam and Chetan. Were lovely
Sheetal Patel, Orpington (September, 2021)
“The whole process from booking to setting up was organised so well. We had so many compliments on the melodies and performance which was at a gudwara wedding.
Amrit Rayat, (October 2019)
“Excellent music for dads 92 birthday thoroughly enjoyed by wide range of guests. Helped make the evening very special. Thank you
NK, (September 2019)
“He was professional, most helpful, very accommodating of course punctual and his music was well appreciated by the guests and added greatly to the event.
Shireen, (July 2019)
“Excellent performer that enhanced the occasion - cannot rate them highly enough.
Jill Richards, (August 2018)
“Samir the sitar player performed with a tabla player during our wedding breakfast. They were dressed beautifully in their Indian attire and were the perfect addition to our wedding celebration. They arrived on time, were very professional yet friendly and were adored by our guests! We are so glad we picked them to play at our wedding, we couldn't have asked for better musicians during the meal! Absolutely fantastic!
Precious Dunlop, (June, 2018)
“Samir was a pleasure to have at our special event. He was patient with the late running of the day, and was self sufficient with setting up and performing which made our lives much easier. All the guests enjoyed the music and I would certainly recommend Samir and book him again.
Sayeem Ahmed, (May 2018)
“Efficient, timely and friendly people. Music was excellent and very well received.
Hannah Partridge, Liberty London, (March 2018)
“We were extremely pleased with our booking for the sitar player. He was punctual, accommodating and easy to communicate with. He looked fabulous in his costume dress and fit in perfectly with our evening. The booking process was very straightforward, with prompt communication and suggestions of suitable acts. A big thank you to both Find a Performer and the sitarist himself for providing a wonderful reception to our ball. We will be writing up a report on all of our entertainment acts for next year's committee and will certainly pass on your agency's details for consideration for future bookings.
, Liv Moorby RAG Ball Entz (November, 2012)
“Many thanks for arranging Samir for us at short notice and for making the booking as smooth as possible. Yes, the performer was very good, very punctual - particularly since he had such a long way to travel – and we were pleased with his work. We organise a number of events throughout the year and I hope we can work with you again in the future.
Kate Clarke, MGB PR (September, 2015)
“Thanks you so much for playing at our brothers wedding. A really amazing performance. Classically elegant. A number of guests have congratulated the duo on how well they did and I have to say that the performance was flawless. Absolutely amazing. I whole heartedly recommend you look these guys up.
“Great guys and great performers
Simon Ward, Milton Keynes (June 2017)