Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: BEST OF SUB-CONTINENT SIZZLES ON TYNE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: BEST OF SUB-CONTINENT SIZZLES ON TYNE

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THE heat and vibrancy of the Indian sub-continent are a welcome antidote to autumnal gloom as the second Sama festival enters its second day.

Sama stands for South Asian Music & Arts. It was a huge success last year and this is even more ambitious.

After last night's opener at Dance City by Nritarutya Dance Company, the action moves to the King's Hall at Newcastle University this lunchtime with a 1.10pm concert by Shashank, a bamboo flute virtuoso.

In India it is widely believed that Shashank received his musical gift from a past life. Certainly critics and audiences around the world have marvelled at his skill. Tickets for today are free but it is advisable to book on (0191) 440-4124.

Tomorrow evening at the Customs House, South Shields, the stage is taken by Habib, a highly regarded Bangladeshi composer, and friends.

Habib will show why he has sold millions of albums worldwide. His 2008 release, Bolchhi Tomake, shows his penchant for blending traditional Bangla folk music with contemporary urban beats. …

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