For Immediate Release: September 30th 2011

Virasat Foundation Presents A Concert of Indian Classical Music

Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation is proud to announce their upcoming concert of Indian Classical Music on Saturday November 5th 2011 at 7pm at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC.  The concert will be featuring renowned musicians Pandit Manu Kumar Seen on sitar and Ustad Akram Khan on tabla.

Pandit Manu Kumar Seen is a brilliant sitar player from Jalandhar, Punjab.  Born into a family of musicians, he has inherited his talents and abilities from his father and Guru, Ustad Lacchman Singh Seen the renowned and legendary musician of the Punjab Gharana.  His father instilled into him the deep spiritual nature of Indian Classical Music and opened his mind to the feelings and the meditative aspect of the various ragas.  Punjab has it’s own unique style of playing sitar and this is what has been handed down to him from his father.  Pandit Manu Kumar Seen is also fortunate to have learnt sitar form the world renowned sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan who has taught him the subtle techniques of sitar playing used in the Etawah Gharana.

In 2002 Virasat Foundation awarded Pandit Manu Kumar Seen with the “Indian Classical Music Award”.  He has since been honoured by many other organizations including receiving the Surmani Award by Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai and has given sitar performances in many prestigious festivals like Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan Jalandhar Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan Mumbai, Tirupati Balaji A.P., Bhaskar Rao Sangeet Sammelan Chandigarh, National Program of Music All India Radio, Globe Fest 2003, World Sacred Music New York, India Habitat Centre New Delhi and Saptak Ahmedabad which is one of India’s biggest music festivals.

Ustad Akram Khan is arguably the finest contemporary performer of tabla from the famous Ajrada Gharana.  Ustad Akram Khan received his initial training in music from Late Ustad Niazu Khan who was known for his technical style and guidance.  He is also fortunate to have learnt from his great grandfather Ustad Mohammed Shafi Khan. He continues his riyaz and training under the able guidance of his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan.

Ustad Akram Khan began performing at music conferences at a very young age.  Since then, he has been participating in prestigious festivals across the globe to much acclaim.  In 1987, he performed with the great Ustad Vilayat Khan in Japan and in 1992 he accompanied the maestro to the United States.  He has performed before enthralled audiences at the Kennedy Centre and the Lincoln Centre in U.S.A.  He was part of the celebrations for the 50 years of India’s Independence in India, as well as abroad.  He is a leading tabla player of international repute and is in much demand both as an accompanist and a soloist.

Virasat Foundation is delighted to be presenting this exquisite concert featuring these gifted artists and welcomes everyone to attend.  This will be an opportunity for everyone to listen to sitar and tabla at it’s finest and also Pandit Manu Kumar Seen will be singing and playing some traditional folk songs from Punjab.  Please contact Virasat Foundation in advance for tickets.


About Virasat Foundation:

Virasat Foundation is an organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich culture, traditions and heritage of India. Virasat means what belongs to all of us, what has been handed over to us by earlier generations and that which we have to hold on to and pass on to the next generations. It is this Virasat that makes us what we are and will contribute to our next generation what they will be. Our mission is to preserve, promote and develop what is best in Virasat in its full grandeur and hand over to our coming generations a treasure greater than what our last generations handed over to us. This includes providing a climate for holding concerts and various social activities, perpetuating the cultural aspects such as Indian classical music, folk music, fine arts, etc., conducting educational programs, promoting Indian languages and traditional medicines and other services to the people.


For Further Information:

Bhupinder S. Malhi 604 765 3063 or Jaspal S. Randhawa 604 897 4512

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