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Worldwide Awards 2017 // Introducing: Sarathy Korwar

September 30, 2016

As we set the gears in motion for the 2017 edition of the Worldwide Awards on the 21st January, we’re putting together intro profiles to give you the scoop on the talent populating the bill.

First up is Sarathy Korwar, a percussionist/composer born in the US, raised in India and now based in London. Sarathy has been trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Devasthali and Pandit Sanju Sahai, and is equally at ease on the tabla and drum-kit. In 2011, he graduated with an MMus in Performance from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, with a focus on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments.

Since moving to London, Sarathy has performed and collaborated with likes of jazz/improvised music legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, award-winning instrumentalists Arun Ghosh, Shabaka Hutchings and Indian classical musicians such as Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Sanju Sahai and Padmashree Pt. Pratap Pawar. In 2015, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at the Royal Opera House in London.

His debut album Day To Day was released on Ninja Tune last month. We asked him a few questions to get his Worldwide perspective on things.

Where in the world…

…are you now?

London

…inspires you?

London, YouTube and India

…have you done your best performance?

I did a show in high school when I was 17 that looking back now, I think was amazing.

…has the best food?

Ahmedabad

…do you go to escape?

My parents’ house in Pune.

…do you most want to go?

Japan

…. has the best music right now?

London

What 3 acts would be on your dream line-up?

Ustad Vilayat Khan, Don Cherry and The Jimi Hendrix Experience to close the night (just realised they’re all dead…sigh).

Finally, how many languages can you say hello in? And can you prove it?

11 and yes I can prove it (looking up google translate as I write this).

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