Stockholm Sangeet Festival

Festival of 2020 has been postponed.

The 14th edition of Scandinavia´s most prestigiuos festival for Indian classical music and dance that was supposed to take place in November will be postponed until we are able to organize an event that is totally safe for everyone. Stockholm Sangeet is following the developments closely and will announce updates at our homepage, facebook and Instagram. We do hope to arrange the festival early next year.


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Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2020 arrangeras av Stockholm Sangeet Förening i samarbete med Farhang Förening och Odissi Dansproduktion med stöd av Statens Kulturråd, Region Stockholm och Indian Embassy of Sweden and Latvia.









Stockholm Sangeet Festival

April 24, 2021

Program Schedule 2021

Classic Bollywood song with dancer Eliza accompanied by Palace On Wheels on traditional instruments

A meeting Carnatic and Hindustani classical music featuring two of Sweden´s greats: Arun Venkitaraman on the violin and Suranjana Ghosh on tabla. Be prepared for raga fireworks!

Bindu Sagar connects the two dancers Ulrika Larsen and Pauline Reibell as well as their respective Indian classical dance form Odissi and Bharatanatyam. Bindu Sagar is a celebration of the sea, and at the same time of Devi, mother of the universe and the source of creation, in her many different forms. The dancers explores spoken word and poetry in dialogue with abhinaya, the expressive aspect of Indian classical dance using hand gestures- mudra, facial expressions, sculpturesque poses and a particularly strong presence. It is poetry in motion with live tunes of sitar by Stian Grimstad. This performance is created especially for the Festival.


Some glimpses from Stockholm Sangeet Festival 2019


Arun Venkitaraman

Dr. Arun Venkitaraman is a violinist in the South Indian classical music tradition. He is known for his vibrant, soothing, and intricate style of playing. Arun started his initial training under late Smt. Vijayam Ramaswami of Navi Mumbai at the age of 14. He continues his advanced training under the guidance of Smt. Vasantha Kannan from Chennai, India in the Lalgudi style of violin playing. Arun is a post-doctoral researcher in artificial intelligence at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm. Arun has given numerous solo and accompaniment concerts at various prestigious venues in India and Europe.

Suranjana Ghosh

Suranjana Ghosh is one of the very few female professional tabla players from India. A disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, she moves across a broad spectrum of musical styles, in India and in the West. In the 2000s she had many collaborations with musicians in Sweden and numerous and diverse music projects. With roots in North Indian Classical music, Suranjana meets music and musicians from various genres: Indian raga, Swedish folk, blues, jazz, flamenco, church music, opera, etc

Pauline Reibell

Pauline Reibell has been dancing Bharatanatyam- South Indian classical dance professionally more than 15 years and learned from Malavika in Paris, which is her place of birth, and from Sucheta Chapekar in Pune, India. Since 2005 Pauline has worked as a freelance dancer with companies like MAMU theatre in Germany (Butô), ANGIKA and ATMA dance company and Midnight tango in London. After many years of experience and exploration with Bharata Natyam, Yoga and other forms of movement, Pauline wants to bring the expressive quality of Indian classical dance along with mantras from yoga tradition celebrating words of wisdom with sound, hand gestures and drishti, the intention and focus of the gaze.

Ulrika Larsen

Ulrika Larsen is one of Sweden´s leading exponents of Odissi- East Indian classical dance with a rigorous training in India as an ICCR scholar from eminent Gurus like Ramani Ranjana Jena, Aruna Mohanty, Sujata Mohapatra and at Nrityagram. Ulrika works as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher since 2002 and holds a Master degree diploma in Directing and Dramaturgy for Movements Arts from Stockholm University of the Arts. As the Artistic Director of Odissi Dansproduktion and Farhang´s dance platform Movement in exile Ulrika promotes classical Odissi in Sweden. She also explores Indian classical dance within contemporary contexts and delves into its various expressions and movements in many collaborative works with other performing artists and musicians.

Stian Grimstad

Stian Grimstad started his sitarstudies in 1996 and have since then continued his studies through frequent visits to India. After the initial training from the late Sambonath Bhattacharya he continued under the guidance of Khursid Ali Khan, a former student of Ustad Vilayat Khan, and since 2005 also from Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior student of Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Hugo Widén

Hugo Widén is a Swedish tabla player, percussionist and drummer born into a musical family. His father, a professional guitarist and singer, started teaching him music from an early age. Hugo has studied the Indian Tabla under the guidance of his guru Suranjana Ghosh who follows the Lucknow Gharana and plays concerts around the world. Hugo has, with many different projects and bands, played many concerts around Sweden, Europe and India. He has over the years focused on many different musical styles such as pop, rock, punk, jazz, Hip-hop and music from different parts of the world. Today, Hugo mostly focuses on Indian classical music on Tabla and Reggae on drumkit

K.G. Westman

K.G. Westman is one of Europe´s foremost sitar players in the field of North Indian classical and semi classical music. As a senior disciple of Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami he has performed in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Europe, USA and Russia as well as for radio and T.V. Due to training in both Indian and Western Music, he also makes an excellent teacher and conductor of workshops regardless of the background of the participants. In 2017 the album Sonashish was released on the Kolkata label Bihaan Music.

Moa Danielson

Moa Danielson Grimstad, santoor, is educated at the Royal college of music in Stockholm and Norway Music Academy. With her background in western classical piano Moa studied tabla, pajkhawaj and santoor in Varanasi, India with Sudip Kumar Bhattacharya, Kishore Kumar Mishra och Shivaji Kevale for more than 15 years and has since 2018 received santoor teaching from Pandit Bhajan Sopori.


Originally from Bangladesh, Eliza grew up in Russia and studied Indian classical dance in Moscow. She has since moving to Stockholm been teaching dance at Kulturama and Bollowood dancing at her own dance studio.


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  • Region Stockholm
  • Embassy of India


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