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 About the Artiste

Manjit Rasiya,London

Manjit Singh Rasiya is an artist much admired and widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest Indian percussionists. Reared in the Indian classical music tradition his flair and aptitude for adaptation and innovation soon found him excelling not only in his main instrument, the Tabla, but also in Latin and Afro-Cuban drumming which has put him on the world music platform.

Alongside his regular performances with renowned musicians from the Indian sub continent such as Shivamani, Hariharan, Jagjit Singh (and the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) he has also worked with UK based artist such as Craig Pruess, Kuljit Bhamra, and Baluji Shrivastava.

Manjit's collaborative work with Flamenco music has often taken him to Spain to work with artist such as Pepe Hebichuela and Sharmini Tharmaratnam.

His more recent performances were at the Royal Albert Hall October 2003 supporting Tomatito, performing at Highgrove for his HRH The Prince of Wales in June 2004 and at the SECC in Edinburgh June 2004 for the renowned Indian mystic and spiritual leader Shri Ravi Shankar.

Manjit has also worked and performed on the percussion arrangements for Gurinder Chada’s film “Bride and Prejudice”, which was released in late 2004.

He has also appeared playing percussion in the Hollywood film “Alexander The Great” starring Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie and Colin Farell, which was released 2005.

After working on numerous music tracks in Bombay’s film Industry, Manjit in 2002, ventured into the arena of composing music for film soundtracks in the UK, his maiden project being British director Tim Kirkby’s “The Blind Spot”. The music in the film was very well received and has already seen good reviews in journals such as Creation International and also took best screenplay award at the Milan Film Festival.

Manjit has also been performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End musical, “Bombay Dreams”.

He also works as a freelance recording artist and workshop leader in Tabla and percussion giving lecture demonstrations in schools and colleges all over Britain. As well as working for Southampton City Council as the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator in 2000, Manjit has also tutored at London’s City Literary Institute.

For more information on Manjit’s work and bookings for :
• Personal / stage performances
• Rhythm arrangement / composition
• Television / film commission
• Educational work
• Radio work

email: tablamaniac@hotmail.com