a zerOclassikal commission: SARATHY KORWAR

Tabla player Sarathy Korwar looks at creating equality on stage through fostering spontaneous relationships and challenging the traditional hierarchical roles of musicians within the South Asian Classical traditions. Reflecting on his own experiences as a Tabla player, he creates new relationships taking musicians out of their comfort zone and displaying an interaction that audiences can relate to.

Cicadas questions why the traditional roles of vocalist, instrumentalist and tabla player have maintained a certain position within South Asian Classical music and this is even more evident when looking at the rules governing improvisation; for instance, when a Tabla solo is allowed. Using different creative ideas and ‘games’ throughout his own composition Sarathy takes improvisation out of its traditional structure and rules yet maintaining raga to create a whole new concept within classical music.

Multi-talented percussionist and composer, Sarathy was awarded the Steve Reid InNovation Award by PRS for Music and Steve Reid Foundation to create his album Day to Day released by Ninja Tunes. This experimental and creative artist produces a radical way of thinking in his commission through exciting experiments and interactive ideas giving both musicians on stage and audiences a new outlook to South Asian Classical music.

Image: Ayesha Begum


Tour Dates


Warwick Arts Centre

23 May 2017

Warwick Arts Centre

Kings Place

7 June 2018




Composer: Sarathy Korwar

Musicians: John Ball (santoor), William Rees Hofmann (sarod) and  Sarathy Korwar (tabla & electronics)



zerOclassikal in association with Collage Arts and The Artta