Yorkshire-based arts organisation, Manasamitra, will be taking centre stage in Huddersfield this month as part of an inspiring and international series of musical events.

Hosted by the University of Huddersfield, the ‘Live at Huddersfield 2018-19’ project kicked-off on September 29th with plans to home a wide variety of entertainment until May 2019.

Manasamitra will be bringing its popular Bollywood Jazz Project to perform at Phipps Hall, in the university’s Creative Arts building, on October 18th.

Inspired by the songs and instrumental music of Bollywood films, South Asian artist-led company, Manasamitra, brings together virtuoso jazz alongside the technicolour drama of Bollywood which gives nostalgic tunes an energetic kick of modernity.

Manasamitra founder, Supriya Nagarajan, one of the leading Carnatic vocalists in the UK, first fused Bollywood and jazz songs together in 2016 and has since taken the project on tour across the country with more dates expected for 2019.

She said: “This is such a special event to be a part of and a great chance to bring Bollywood Jazz to another audience that might not have heard or seen it before. We can’t wait to showcase our project and get people on their feet enjoying our performance.”

Led by vocalist, Supriya, Manasamitra’s Bollywood Jazz group includes James Cave, a former composer-in-residence at the renowned Banff Centre, multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman – whose work can be heard on the soundtrack to Colin Firth film ‘Kingsman’, and drummer Beau Stocker, who has performed worldwide.

Over the past 12 years, Manasamitra has been fuelled by a desire to learn and create music, delivering a substantial, critically-acclaimed back catalogue of work which includes Carnatic concerts and a variety of ensembles shown at venues across the globe.

The company is committed to creating quality productions and bringing to life new audience experiences to champion social cohesion whether in a theatre, at a large festival or in a regional school.