We offer two programmes: a duo with Barnaby and Prakriti, and a trio adding genius Glaswegian tabla player, Sodhi:


Prakriti Dutta – dhrupad singer
Barnaby Brown – Highland bagpipes, triplepipes & mouth music

A distinguished blend of Indian and Scottish traditions crafted by Prakriti Dutta from Kolkata and Barnaby Brown from Glasgow. These world music adventurers met in Yatra, an intercultural spectacular and the Edinburgh Mela’s ‘best yet’, where they discovered the thrill of throwing venerable musical traditions (of which they are world-leading exponents) into creative fission. Barnaby and Prakriti are torch bearers for some exquisite, off-piste musical wonders. Come and be transported by improvisations infused with Hindustani and Hebridean culture, songs by the mystic genius Rabindranath Tagore and mouth music by the Blind Piper of Gairloch (1656–1754).

Sample Programme

Dha dhin din dro

Prakriti Dutta – dhrupad singer
Barnaby Brown –
Highland bagpipes, triplepipes & canntaireachd (Gaelic mouth music)
Hardeep Singh –
tabla & padhant (Indian mouth music)

Sample Programme

Four songs by Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941):
–  Purano Sai Diner Khatha (based on ‘Auld Lang Syne’)
–  Otho Otho Re (‘Get up, get up’)
–  Dhay Jano Mor (‘Let my love flow to thee’)
–  Phule Phule (based on ‘Ye Banks and Braes’)
Struan Robertson’s Swagatam
The John Purser Sonata (solo for ‘Iona’ triplepipe)
Dhrupad in Raag Sudh Sarang*
The Grey Hag of Raasay’s Tarana

* For a lunchtime concert without interval, this would be replaced by a khayal.

Swagatam is the Sanskrit word for ‘welcome’. We first used it in Struan Robertson’s Swagatam, based on the Gaelic pibroch Struan Robertson’s SaluteDha dhin represents hand strokes on the Indian tabla; din dro represents finger movements on the Highland bagpipe.

Prakriti Dutta

Prakriti is one of the most exciting and versatile dhrupad artists of her generation. She moved from Kolkata to Glasgow in 2006 and recently completed an MSc in Music in the Community at the University of Edinburgh. Intercultural projects in which she has starred include the Scottish Government commission, Yatra, which received a standing ovation at the Edinburgh Mela in 2009, and Naciketa by Nigel Osborne and Ariel Dorfman, performed at the Royal Opera House in 2010.

Barnaby Brown

Barnaby is dedicated to revealing the ancient artistic traditions of Scotland’s music. Born and based in Glasgow, he champions the classical music of the Highland bagpipe and leads the revival of its ancestor, the triplepipe. A regular guest of the Edinburgh International Festival and frequent facilitator of intercultural collaborations, Barnaby teaches ‘Composing & Arranging’, ‘Listening Skills’ and ‘Teaching Musics of the World’ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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