PRITAM SINGH - Master musician (Indian classical percussion and vocal)
Music Consultant, Teacher, Workshop facilitator and Project Manager
From age 5, Pritam has been studying traditional Indian Classical Music under the
disciplined guidance of his Guru Sri Ajit Singh Mutlashi.
Through rigorous training, Pritam excelled in vocals and tabla and at the tender
age of 13 recorded his first album ‘’Mai Gur Charni Laiye’’ – a collection of devotional
songs available on vinyl. The resilient tabla star has gone on to record over fifty
albums of diverse musical styles including African, Brazilian, Egyptian, Latin,
Moroccan, Western Jazz, Western Asian Pop ,Bhangra and Indian classical.
Pritam’s versatility and experience has led to colourful collaborations with a wide
spectrum of art forms, from dance; with Akram Khan, Shumita Ghosh Bhartia Vidya
Bhavan and The Royal Ballet Birmingham and theatre; with the Royal Shakespeare Company,
Birmingham Hippodrome to opera alongside the Birmingham Opera Company. All prime
examples of how creatively he has fused and crossed boundaries with other musical
Pritam has received numerous accolades in recognition of his work. Best musician
in 1986/7 and a special award in 2000 for his ‘’contribution to Indian classical
music in Britain’’. He has attained a 1st class Masters Degree in Indian classical vocal
with honours in Indian percussion and has accomplished a 1st class Masters Bachelors Degree
in Indian classical vocal. Amazingly, he also holds a Post Graduate Degree in Philosophy from
the University of Birmingham.
Pritam has done numerous recordings around the world for TV and Radio and has composed
and recorded music for film scores, the most prominent being ‘’In the Wild’’ starring
Pritam toured extensively with sitar maestro Pandit Shalil Shankar, the most senior
and renowned discipline of legendary Ravi Shankar. As an ambassador of Indian classical
music he not only performs in major concert halls but feels it is his duty to educate
and share this authentic art and culture in academic institutes through workshops
and lecture demonstrations; from pre-school to post-graduate students.
Pritam continues to work closely with the education authorities and arts organisations
in England and abroad as a consultant and teacher of Indian music. He is highly
regarded for his work with special needs children and troubled youngsters through
his management of community cohesion projects.
A uniquely presented tabla manual entitled ‘Tabla Tutor – Encouraging the young performer’ (Volume 1),
created by Pritam, is available for self tuition and coincides with
the National Curriculum.
Having taught classes for 25 years in the UK, Pritam also runs regular classes all
over 30 years in the UK and europe and has been teaching tabla and classical vocals monthly in Pisa and
San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy for the last ten years. His Italian students and
have performed across Italy and in the UK to rapturous applause. (link of clip Italian
Pritam has had the honour of performing at some of the world’s most prestigious
music festivals including Glastonbury, Womad, Jazz Baltica, The Big Chill and most
prestigiously at the century old Harbalb Sangeet Samelan 1993/95/2010 in Jalandhar,
India where he performed tabla solo and was the first foreign born musician to do
so. Thus sharing the platform with some of the great Indian classical musicians of out time
such as Ravi Shankar (sitar), Amjad Ali Khan (sarod), Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute),
Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor) and Bismillah Khan (shehnai)
‘’Pritam Rhythm Tribe’’ is his own personal creation. The band is a unique blend
of rhythm styles and sounds from across the globe. The setup includes Indian, African,
Latin, Egyptian and western drums. It has been described as the cutting edge sound
by notable critics and musicians alike. The band has represented and performed at
prestigious events in the city of Birmingham and across Europe.
Pritam is a true ambassador of Indian arts, music and culture with an expanding
visionary outlook to the future.