Concert: Priya Purushotaman


Priya Purushothaman – Voice
Tarang Poddar – Tabla

Priya Purushothaman is part of the new generation of young Hindustani classical vocalists. She specializes in the style of the Agra gharana, characterized by its power, inspiration and playfulness.

Several years ago Priya was already in the Netherlands for concerts and lectures, including in the Anna Yoga Center in Arnhem. This spring, we are joining this series, inviting her to perform her deeply moving voice both in Arnhem and in the Beauforthuis, Austerlitz.

This concert is a collaboration of several organisations and Indian music lovers.

Are you a singer or vocalist yourself and want to arrange a lesson with Priya?

You can attend the workshop on Friday, June 3rd from 11:00.
Or contact us at 06 45 24 14 87 or for individual lessons.

Fee 15,-  normal / 10,- student / donation accepted

More about Priya

Priya is a disciple of Vidushi Aditi Kaikini Upadhya and Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik, and receives guidance from Smt Shashikala Kaikini. She has also had the opportunity to study under the late stalwart Pandit Dinkar Kaikini – a musician who belonged to a rich lineage of inquiry, scholarship, composition, and performance. She has collaborated across genres with artists including Grammy-award winning composer, Osvaldo Golijov, and has toured with Dutch Jazz ensemble, Spinifex. In 2019, Priya was selected as an artist-in-residence for the Bagh Sound Lab in Rajasthan, for which she researched the compositional aesthetics of scholar-composer Pandit S.N. Ratanjankar.

On stage

Priya has performed extensively in India, the United States and Europe at venues and festivals such as the Barbican Centre (London); the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series (NYC); MIT Heritage Arts of South Asia (Boston); the National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai); India International Centre (Delhi); among others. She is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and a graded artist of All India Radio.

Coach / Educator

As an educator, Priya runs a private teaching studio for students across the globe from various musical backgrounds. Her approach focuses on training the voice, building the foundations of sur (melody) and taal (rhythm), and taking students on the journey of exploring and improvising within a raga. She teaches all age ranges and levels and also works with musicians of other genres interested in widening their spectrum to incorporate techniques of Indian classical music into their style. Priya has spoken to audiences and students about various nuances of this style at institutions including Codarts Music Conservatory (Rotterdam); Utrecht Music Conservatory (Netherlands); Syracuse University (NY); Society for Art and Cultural Heritage (CA);

Tarang Poddar – Tabla

Tarang Poddar is a skilled tabla player and drummer and teacher from Ahmedabad, India. His knowledge of traditional North Indian rhythmic concepts forms the basis for his own unique modern compositions and performance practice. He constantly explores the intersection of musical ideas, cultures and traditions.

Based in the Netherlands, he has studied the North Indian classical tradition of the tabla with grandmasters Pt. Shailendra Mishra and Pt. Rahul Shastri, and recently graduated cum laude from Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam, majoring in jazz and Indian music (master’s). He has performed with renowned artists such as Pt. Shailendra Mishra, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Derek Beckvold, Tineke Postma, Abel Marcel and others and played at venues and festivals such as Sound of Europe, Music Meeting Nijmegen, and Delhi Jazz Festival.