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Aishvarrya started her journey into music from a very young age as a passion then later on progressed it as a career. She is a well recognised artists in classical and modern music.

Aishvarrya is influenced and inspired by her mother and her spiritual teacher the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. She has a refined interest in music, the list ranges from Bade Ghulam-Ali Saahab, Mehdi Hasan, Begum Akhtar, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Mohd.Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Sonu Nigam to current genre's singers ...a number of artists whom we consider to be the legends of bollywood today.


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Suhail Akhlaaq


Suhail Akhlaaq is an eminent contemporary singer of the new generation who embraced traditional music with a deviation from routine pattern and attained excellent skills by exercising strenuous hard-work.

He belongs to an educated business class family of Lahore. His natural orientation towards music and enthusiasm was the base- line for choosing music as a professional career. Feeling his writhing and eagerness for music, he adopted the studentship of an eminent Ustad Ali Buksh Khan Sahib of Qasur.

He further benefited from different leading music directors to quench his thirst for music which added charms to the singing expertise of Suhail Akhlaaq.


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Razwan Sarwar

Razwan is one of the up and coming pianist. He is known for his combination of Asian and Western music along with acclaimed talent for composition of music and jingles.

He has performed globally and delivers regular teaching in the UK.

He began learning at a very young age and later on went to study at Oldham College where he further developed his knowledge in Western Music.

Razwan is qualified accredited teacher in the UK. He has performed with artists such as Abrar-ul-Haq, Jawad Ahmed, Hunterz, Stereonations, Rahim Shah, Mundo Jazz and many other renowned artists.


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Shahbaz Hussain


Shahbaz is fast emerging as one of the most promising tabla virtuosos of his generation and has performed in many prestigious venues around the world.

He has received numerous accolades for his captivating performances, including recently receiving the prestigious “Son of Lahore” award from the Pakistan Arts Council in recognition of his services to the art of Tabla. He is much sought after for his accompaniment skills by many of the great masters musicians of India & Pakistan (including the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia and ghazal legend Ghulam Ali to name a few).

He began his grooming in the art of tabla at age five with his father, the late Ustad Mumtaz Hussain – a prominent vocalist. He later went on to study with tabla legends Ustad Faiyaz Khan from the Delhi Gharana (school), the late Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan from the Punjab Gharana and finally the late Ustad Allah Rakha Khan.


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Deepak Panchal Dholak/Congos/Percussion


Deepak has been performing for the past 15 years. He is a young and committed musician and has performed with many great artists.

His unique style of Dholak playing has given a great recognition amongst musicians and singers.

Deepak has learned from many great teachers in India and Pakistan and continues to strive and develop his music skills.

He also plays the congas, percussion and the octopad.


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Daniel Bath



Daniel studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. There he was taught classical piano by Philip Mead and pursued interests in religious music.

Daniel has worked a lot in community music, choir training and teaching in the Calder Valley.

Whilst his first instrument is the piano, he also plays the harpsichord, traditional fiddle, tabla and currently studying Indian classical singing in the Hindustani tradition.

As a composer the most recent such commissions were a choral song for the massed voices at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in July 2010 and the soundtrack for Erik Knudsen's film, Silent Accomplice.

Recently he has become best known as a choir director after one of his choirs, that of Parkinson Lane School, Halifax, made it into the final of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition and being the first ever to sing Islamic song and on the programme.


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Graham is an accomplished guitar player based in Leeds.

He also teaches and performs all over the UK. He has recently joined the Motif Music team and is enjoying the Bollywood style of Music.

Graham also runs his own professional recording studio in Leeds under the name of 'Mutsnuts'.





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Tony Simms



Tony is a musician and music teacher of over twenty years’ experience.

After graduating from Bretton Hall he spent part of the 1980's working abroad as cocktail pianist and singer in bars and hotels in places as diverse as South Korea and Central America.

During the 1990's he founded and toured extensively with the folk rock band 'Blackstone Edge', sharing the stage with such notables as the Dubliner's and 'Lindisfarne'. They appeared at venues throughout Europe and Russia, including Yorkshire establishments such as Wakefield Opera House and Leeds City Varieties.


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Ashraf Sharif Khan



Ashraf Sharif Khan is the worthy son of the Sitar maestro Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala of the famous Poonch Gharana who has been a contemporary musician of late Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Ashraf has been a child prodigy and has shown his immense talent in playing the sitar at the age of ten. He has been brought up in the Guru Sishya/Ustad too student tradition, inheriting a musical tradition handed down from father to son.

Ashraf's music combines an astounding technical proficiency with perfection in musical expression. The melodic beauty of his style, accentuated by his dynamic rhythmic development and the virtuoso technique provide an unique style of his own. His music transcends regional boundaries, and is accessible to all.


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Olivia Moore





Olivia Moore is one of the UK's most innovative and creative violinists. She works across a broad spectrum of genres, dedicating herself primarily to jazz and classical Indian music, while also drawing influence from other sources such as flamenco, gypsy and folk.

After giving her first performance at the age of four, she spent her childhood and teen years mastering classical music, graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1999. However at 21, inspired by a jazz summer school at the Guildhall School of music, she discovered the art of improvisation, propelling her into a postgraduate diploma at Leeds College of Music. At Leeds, her curiosity drew her to many different styles of music. After graduation she spent two years performing with the Indian fusion band Savateen. Highlights were the Brno Street festival in the Czech Republic and at the Millennium Park and Birla Temple, in Calcutta. In 2005, she decided to follow her dream by going to India to study with violin maestro Kala Ramnath, which became the first of many visits to the country.


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