GemArts’ gets set to WOW
And they kick October off in fine style with their ever-popular Riverside Ragas at Sage Gateshead with Roopa Panesar on sitar (pictured) accompanied by Bhupinder Chaggar on tabla (7 October, 7.45pm, £13.10/£32.70 family). Considered one of the finest sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene in the UK, Panesar wows audiences and peers alike with her outstanding ability, which is full of soul.
This year’s Diwali celebrations will take place at Bewicks in Gateshead Civic Centre (21 October, 7pm, £3/£10 family). This will feature another fantastic evening of music, food and fun with DJs spinning the very best Bhangra and Bollywood tunes.
Also back again this year is Trimfest which is running at various venues around Trimdon in East Durham (19-27 October). Featuring workshops, a family Mini Mela, enchanting Indian puppet show, dance events, and musical performances this should solve any “What shall we do in the Autumn half term?” queries.
Newcastle’s Jazz Café is the place to head for Michael Messer’s Mitra, a unique fusion of Mississippi delta and hill country blues and Hindustani classic music (27 October, 9pm, £12/£10).
That’s October done and dusted but GemArts will be continuing apace into November and beyond with performances from The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, Debasmita Bhattacharya, Josh Feinberg, Sandrani and – get this! – a special Bollywood Jazz night at Sage Gateshead. More information on all of these, and everything else mentioned above, from their website, below.