Combining musicality with complex rhythm, Kaviraj Singh is emerging as a unique and celebrated talent of the new generation. He is the youngest artist to have performed at the prestigious Darbar Festival in 2008 and has shared his music widely at popular venues across India, Europe and the UK.
Kaviraj grew up in the thriving city of Leeds in the North of England and recently moved to multicultural Leicester in the Midlands. Despite being born in a Western country, Kaviraj has stayed closely connected to his roots and brings a fresh perspective of modern British culture and classical Indian tradition to the scene.
His journey with the Santoor started at the age of six under the tutelage of Ustad Harjinderpal Singh, senior disciple of international maestro, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, alongside the guidance of his pioneering father, Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE. After learning vocal music throughout his childhood, Kaviraj went on to train in India under Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty for an intense period during his teenage years. Growing up in a family where service to music was of the highest importance, Kaviraj was surrounded by visiting musicians, live concerts and new ideas with support from organisations such as South Asian Arts UK.
Both his mother and father continue to contribute to the richness and diversity of British culture through extensive teaching, performances and advocacy work. Now Kaviraj hopes to take this legacy forward by showcasing the beauty and intricacy of one of India’s finest instruments, the Santoor, as well as developing the style of his soulful and melodious voice.