BBC Proms to feature first Carnatic music concert

BBC Proms to feature first Carnatic music concert

Considered the world's largest classical music festival, BBC Proms, founded in 1895, features top musicians performing over an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually in London.

Sivanesan, born to Sri Lanka origin parents in London, is the latest graduate of BBC Radio 3's World Routes Academy. He will share the evening with his mentor Aruna Sairam, widely regarded as the leading South Indian female vocalist of her generation.

The current BBC proms season runs from 15 July to 10 September.BBC Proms remains true to its original aim: to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.

BBC Radio 3's World Routes Academy scheme is founded to support outstanding young artists working in world music.

Sivanesan said, "It's time for Carnatic music – India’s music of the South – to shine in the West, and I’m looking forward to diving into the roots of our music further."

The partnership between Sivanesan and Sairam sees the two artists delve into their mutual roots to explore the history of Carnatic music. The BBC Proms concert marks the culmination of their musical journey together.

Sivanesan is a student of Sivasakthi Sivanesan, one of the UK's foremost Carnatic music exponents.

The 100th Proms season took place in 1994 and the festival now includes over 70 main Prom concerts every year, widening the range of symphonic and operatic music presented.

The BBC Proms welcomes leading international performers whilst showcasing the best of the British music scene, including the BBC's own orchestras and choirs

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