Considered one of the finest Sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene in the
UK, ROOPA PANESAR has been receiving accolades from audiences and peers alike
for her outstanding ability and quality of music. Her soulful and unique style of
playing has left her listeners captivated.
With the incredible emotional depth of her sound, she has touched the hearts of
audiences far and wide and received blessings from many eminent musicians in the
world of Indian classical music.
She is a disciple of the renowned educationalist and leading musician, Ustad
Dharambir Singh ji MBE (a disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan), and was recognized
as a talent for the future. She began her training at the age of seven, under her Guru,
and later has had the privilege of also learning from the senior most disciple of the late
Ustad Vilayat Khan, the great maestro, Pandit Arvind Parikh ji. Her musical vision has
been enriched while receiving guidance from other renownded musicians visiting the
UK including Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Ustad Siraj Khan and
Pt.Ajoy Chakroborty. Currently she continues to receive training under her Guru Ustad
Dharambir Singh ji (MBE) and respected Pandit Arvind Parikh ji.
Roopa has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and USA performing at prestigious
venues and festivals and released her debut album “Khoj” in 2011. She performed in her
debut tour of India in 2014 where she played to vibrant audiences in Delhi, Mumbai and
SRA Kolkata. She has had the honour of performing before and received blessings from
spiritual masters and eminent musicians including Sri Satya Sai Baba, Shri Satguru Jagjit
Singh Ji (Namdhari), Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the late
Ustad Vilayat Khan.
Roopa, also a qualified Chemical Engineer, is involved in numerous projects to inspire
and educate the next generation of Indian classical musicians in the UK.
© Roopa Panesar 2013
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