The Indian Youth Choir and SHIVA recently performed the Swaranjali music concert at the Southbank Centre, London. Chief Guests at the concernt included Mr Brij Kumar Guhare, Deputy Director of Nehru Centre, London and Mr. C. B Patel, Editor of Gujarat Samachar and Asian Voice among other distinguished personalities.
BVG & SHIVA are one of the first formed Indian choirs in the UK in 2014, for adults and youth, with the concept of Indian choir being first introduced by Rakesh Joshi. About 100 choir members of varying ages have been selected across different cities of Greater London, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Chester, Liverpool, Bolton, Tameside and Croydon. The choir songs are based in different Indian languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Rajasthani, Tamil and Bengali. Both choirs performed authentic Indian songs including popular group songs, raga based Tarana, Vedic chants, hymns, famous poetry and songs of the four seasons at the event.
Rakesh Joshi’s life training started from his first guru-parents late Dr Anilchandra Joshi & Dr Hemlata Joshi. He took music training & guidance from various gurus such as maestro Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Shri Shashank Fadnis, Shri Brij Joshi and the late Shri Dinesh Majmudar. His inspiration to start the Indian choir has been the Akaashvani Radio, India and Classic FM, the UK. Mr Joshi widely performed across the USA, India, Europe and the UK. Currently, Rakesh is completing his research (Ph.D.) study in music at the University of Salford with Indian Choir, Indian Ensemble and Vedic Traditions in the UK as his subjects.
In December 2017 & 2018, both choirs performed in Gujarat, India for the special celebration of Pujya Rang Avdhoot Maharaj’s (Nareshwar) 50th Punyateethi; where Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi spoke and Pandit Jasraj Ji also sang.
To join the Indian Choirs please contact: [email protected] / 07973 306 125