DEEPA NAIR RASIYA
London-born vocalist and composer Deepa Nair Rasiya has been making waves on the World Music platform internationally and is being increasingly recognized as a pioneering and innovative composer with a deeply soul-stirring vocal style. She is the first British Asian artiste to have won the coveted Artist Aloud Jury’s award in India for her acclaimed 2015 Sufi album DESTINATION. Having been a concert performer and recording artiste for over two and a half decades in the UK and Europe, she commenced her first ever concert tour of India in October 2018, performing at the prestigious Mahindra Kabira Festival, Paddy Fields Festival and Zee Jaipur Literature Festival with several more performances scheduled in 2019.
Building on her foundation training in Carnatic classical, Deepa has also pursued training in Hindustani music from the eminent vocalist Smt Veena Sahasrabuddhe, of the Gwalior gharana and is currently receiving further guidance from Dhrupad maestro Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.
She has had the unique and immense honour and privilege of recording her vocals with two legendary musical giants of our times: the late George Harrison of the Beatles and the late Pandit Ravishankar on their spiritual album ‘Chants of India’
Deepa has worked as a concert performer and session musician in the UK since 1991. Deepa’s vocals have featured on numerous albums across the globe – eg with: the Japanese Band ‘Chari Chari’ in the album ‘In Time’ (2001/2); Jose Padilla in ‘Bella Musica’ (2003); Craig Pruess in ‘Temple of Spice’ (2002) and ‘Language of Love’ (2003) and the Buddha Bar compilations such as Maja Cantoma (BB –X) – to name a few.
Deepa’s vocals have also featured on British film background scores and TV adverts – her film work includes hits such as ‘Bhaji on the Beach’, Bride and Prejudice’ and ‘Mistress of Spices’.
Deepa is frequently invited by the High Commission of India in London to perform at cultural events both in Britain and abroad and opened the prestigious India-UK Gala performance at the Royal Festival Hall in 2017; in August 2015 Deepa was extended the honour of being a special invited guest of the Indian Ambassador to Latvia and Sweden and performed at the Embassy’s special Independence Day event; she has also performed at the iconic Kulturfest World Music festival and at WOMAD.
Deepa works extensively on collaborative cross-cultural projects as composer and vocalist; she features regularly with London Contemporary Voices, a prominent British choir and is a member of the Songlines award-winning band Kefaya. She also heads a vocal trio by the name KauRaS specializing in folk and spiritual music across genres.
Deepa continues to perform Indian classical, semi-classical, World/ New Age/Spiritual music including Sufi, Sikh Shabads, and Bhajans to audiences in the UK and to an international audience.