ICMuS has well established connections with South Asian communities in the North East of England, and longstanding associations with arts organisations responsible for promoting South Asian musics and related arts practices. These include Kalapremi, GemArts and Pakistan Cultural Society, with whom we have co-promoted performances and workshops.

More recently, these organisations, along with Saarang – Arts and Cultures and The Sage Gateshead, have worked in partnership with us on the AHRC-funded ‘Musics of South Asia’ (Principal Investigator, David Clarke) which scopes out the present picture of South Asian musics in the region, as well as future ethnographic possibilities. This project provides a good example of how our research concerns and external engagements go hand in hand.

‘Indriya’ is another collaborative network, involving University staff, students inside and outside the University, and individual community members. It has promoted musical events bringing together all these parties – most notably a three-day workshop with international renowned khyāl vocalists Rajan and Sajan Misra.

ICMuS also promotes the work of Hindustani classical musicians Vijay Rajput (vocal) and Shahbaz Hussain (tabla) – performers on the national and international stage who teach ICMuS students, and help provide a bridge to wider communities and networks beyond the University. They are also research collaborators, acting as ethnographic respondents, as well as helping us produce outputs such as CDs and a projected guidebook on rāgas.