Born in North West London, brought up in South London, whilst also spending 6
years living in Melbourne, Australia - Parle quickly became a recognisable figure through his
YouTube Channel Planet Parle.
Five videos in, his fun sketches with vlog entries became virally popular with the Gujarati community worldwide connecting audiences from the age of 3 to 89! His characters, all played by him alone reflect the life of British Gujaratis and South Asians. Within 3 years Parle has travelled around the world to present a variety of shows and talks. In 2015 Parle was awarded the Asian Media Award for the best online channel.
Parle also dances and founded the first British Gujarati folk dance movement: Raas Rebellion (Featured on BBC 1) which aims to get creative with Gujarati song and dance in a new and exciting way. In 2016 parle also released his first song as a songwriter, music producer and music video director ft. Pritee Varsani: Rangeeli Raat this year.
Shin started singing while still at primary school, he was influenced from a young age and is
still motivated today, by a wide variety of singers from around the world. His inspirations
include Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle from the Indian film industry,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ajoy Chakrobarty, Pandit Bheemsen Joshi some of the giants of Indian
classical music and on the Bhangra scene he has always looked up to that ever green artist from
Punjab, Gurdas Mann. In the west where Shin was born and educated he was influenced by artists
such as The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Hendrix, James Brown, Elton John and The Jackson 5 to name a
These wide and diverse influences when thrown into the mix have helped Shin to create his distinct style of vocal delivery and music production in the Bhangra industry which has become the trade mark sound of DCS the Bhangra band that Shin is a founder member of. Shin and DCS have received numerous awards and accolades for their achievements in Bhangra music, they have a fan base which stretches the globe and have toured all major countries around the world and even today enjoy the status of being the number one live band in the UK. From singing in the bathroom to singing in stadiums, from singing on bhangra albums to singing in films, from teaching music workshops to being an ambassador for bhangra music around the globe, Shin enjoys singing, and regards himself lucky to have been able to make a career from his passion.
He has recorded songs in Panjabi, Hindi and English and is considered to be the most versatile singer in the UK Asian music scene.
His talents have also been reined in by the world of musical theatre, and Shin has played the lead role of Twinkle Singh in Rifco Arts award winning production ‘Britain’s Got Bhangra’ in 2010 and 2011 and Laila-The Musical 2016.
Shin considers him self to be an avid student of the arts and is receiving guidance and training in every way from his Guru A.S. Mutlashiji who has set Shin on a path to realising and achieving higher goals in his singing career. Humbled by the fact that there is still so much more to learn and do in music, Shin is firmly of the opinion that more than one life time is required to master this art….so look out for Shin in your next life who no doubt will still be trying to achieve his goals.
Romil has Established magician for corporate events and private parties. Performances for Ed Sheeran, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sachin Tendulkar and HRH Prince Charles Currently working on creative projects & short films, particularly linking magic to philosophy, psychology and mental health. Magician currently working on creative projects and short films connecting magic to mental health and philosophy Work passionately on mental health and neurodiversity projects and initiatives. Think deeply about philosophy and introducing people to the subject
Dr Vijay Rajput ji has acquired MA, M Phil, PhD in Hindustani Classical music from the University of Delhi and trained under the guidance of world renowned Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Ji. He teaches Hindustani Classical vocal music at Vedic Organisation for Indian Culture and Education, (VOICE) Manchester, an educational project of VHP UK and is a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University,and Leeds collage of Music . As a maestro of Khayal style of rendition and an artist of international repute, he has sung in many SangeetSammelans festivals and Mahotsave. He has received KALA JYOTHI award in 2010 for his excellent contribution in educating and promoting classical music in the North East of England.
Jahnavi Harrison was raised in a family of Bhakti-yoga practitioners at
Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of England’s most important spiritual landmarks. As a child she was
fascinated with song and story, and has nurtured that interest through her life long exploration
of music, dance, visual art and the written word. She is a musician who aims to channel her
creative expression as a path to self-realisation and service.
For over 12 years she has travelled the world, offering her voice and violin playing in the performance of sacred music and call-and-response mantra chant (kirtan). Her sound encompasses rich influences of East and West, and aims to offer an experience which truly nourishes the spirit. Based in both London and New York, she offers regular concerts, sound baths and workshops.
She released her debut album, ‘Like a River to the Sea’ in July 2015, and features on the Grammy nominated ‘Bhakti Without Borders’ charity album (2016). Jahnavi presents regularly for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Pause for Thought’ and ‘Something Understood’ on BBC Radio 4. More recently Jahnavi has released Surrender (Krishna Keshava) with Willow Smith with more due shortly.
UK based Drupti Vaja has been singing since the age of 6. Her repertoire include Indian classical, devotional and folk music. Singing is a massive passion of Drupti’s in addition to being a Nurse, where she most recently was in the thick of it supporting patients suffering from Covid.
Siyani is 15 years old. She has played the flute, the piano, the drums and the guitar, though her main passion is singing. She is currently working towards her final grade 8 Rock and Pop exam in singing and studies GCSE music too. This is her first Bhajan performance though she has grown up around devotional music from a young age.
Vibhati is an upcoming Brit-Indian artist, born and raised in Birmingham. She specialises in fusion music singing in Hindi, Punjabi and English alongside playing guitar. Currently, she is working on her very first EP and various collaborative projects with other South Asian creatives.
A derived passion from India at the early age of 15 years where he began to play the North Indian bamboo flute with a strong influence and practice with the flute maestro pt. Ronu Majumdar. Today he continues to share, enjoy and humbly contribute to the music world and plays in the North Indian tradition. He plays and directs almost every form of music, which ranges from folk, devotional, soul, classical in both eastern and western fields.
A natural understanding of structures, beats, rhythm and melodies is what sets the basis of a good musician. Performed worldwide and produced various genres and for many artists. Shri Gadhvi has mastered all these aspects and has now set the par for many musicians/producers with the unique and diverse style that he brings to the music scene.
I was born and grew up in London and come from a traditional Indian family who practises Bhakti Yoga. From a young age i have been a part of the community at Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of London's famous temples. Since childhood, I was exposed to Bhajans and Kirtans from my father who always encouraged me to sing and play instruments. It was through his encouragement that my love for music and spiritual songs awakened and increased, and it became a very important part of my life, from singing at the temple regularly, to various cultural events.
An Indian folk Violinist born in the heart of England with a huge love for Bhajan and Santvani. Krishma grew up listening to many genres of music from Indian classical & Bollywood to Reggae and RnB and continues to translate songs into instrumentals using a Violin as her voice.
A UK-born multi-instrumentalist and producer with influences ranging from Indian folk, classical and Bollywood to jazz and rock. Hiten began his musical journey at the age of 10 under the guidance of UK composer Kaykay Chauhan and has since performed with Gujarat’s most prominent singers as one of the UK’s only Bulbul Tarang artists.
Bhavik is a Bhajan singer based in London. Coming from a musical family, Bhavik has had an interest in music from a young age and over the past decade, has performed to audiences ranging from 50 to 40,000. He has captivated listeners from a very young age and is now attracting more of the younger generation. This, in turn, has helped Bhavik work towards achieving his long-term mission which is to #KeepBhajansAlive (inspire the next generation with Indian Devotional Music). Bhavik is working on a brand new fusion album to make this genre of music more appealing to future of tomorrow.
Born and raised in London, Bhavya is a singer whose broad range and passions have arose from her early exposures to Indian Classical Music, Bollywood, and Bhajans. Performing from the age of 6, and in concerts packing auditoriums of 750, she has explored different genres of music outside her native Gujarati and English encompassing languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, and Tamil. Passionate about music as a science and art form has influenced her to experiment in blending different styles, and creating fusions.
Born in Luton, Jai started playing music at a very young age. Initially beginning with Piano and Harmonium, he picked up the saxophone at the age of 11 and has played in the North Hertfordshire Youth Jazz Band and the National Youth Wind Orchestra. More recently, Jai has introduced the saxophone into the Bollywood, Bhajan and Indian Classical genres, performing at several events alongside some talented artists to add a "jazzy" vibe to Indian music. Jai has played in the stands for the Bharat Army at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He continues to add his talents to Bhajans, Weddings, Prathnas and various cultural events.
Alpesh Sevani started playing the drums at the age of 14 asa hobby and went to complete Grade 6 in drumkit. He has performed internationally in USA, Africa and Europe. His passion for music extends to various genres including western pop, rock, indian folk, fuision, jazz and bhajans. He continues to perform with various bands and talented uk artist as a freelance musician and contributes to the uk asian music circuit from private functions, coporate events, cultural events and weddings.
Sangeet Visharad and trained in Hindustani classical music since the age of 4
Trained in western vocals from Trinity College, London
Has performed Indian classical, regional, folk and fusion music all over India, USA, Middle eastern countries and in China for over 15 years.
Has given playback in 15 Gujarati films, dramas and commercial ad jingles.
Himali is a receipient of several awards - such as શ્રેષ્ઠકલાસાધકઅવોર્ડ, કવિશ્રીરાવજીપટેલયુવાપ્રતિભાઅવોર્ડ, સંગીતરત્નઅવોર્ડ, Best Playback Singer Award by the Gujarat State Film Awards, Daughter of Gujarat Award by the Government of Gujarat and Gujarat Sangeet Natak academy.
Himali's music is released by various national and international music labels like Sony Music, Times music, MTV and sense world music.
Himali has performed with the maestros such as Pt. Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Shaan, Shri Purushottam Upadhyaya, Shri Gaurang Vyas and Shri Ashit Desai.
My name is Kevin. I was born in London and have lived here all of my life. My family are Sai
devotees and when I was born, my grandparents started a bhajan group. I was just a baby, and me
and my family would go to different peoples houses every Thursday night to sing bhajans. I grew up
around this amazing devotional music and when I was 4 I sang my first bhajan. I would always be
the one to sing the first bhajan as I would then fall asleep! This was my life every Thursday and
as I grew up my love for music grew. I learnt how to play the tabla and harmonium and started
singing and playing more.
I now have my own family, who I follow tradition with. I hope to see them grow into gods musical instruments..
A talented vocalist, songwriter and composer who is sure to make waves in the UK Asian music
scene. Blessed with a velvet tone, this versatile artist is able to effortlessly adapt to multiple
sub-genres of both Hindi and English music appealing to a wide range of listeners. His dedicated,
honest approach to his art is obvious throughout his work from his emotive song writing to
captivating live performances.
Appealing to young and old alike, Chirag’s ability to capture the many nuances of different styles of music makes him an artist who touches the hearts of his audience. Being influenced by great singers from Frank Sinatra and Mohamed Rafi to Michael Jackson and Kishore Kumar, he embraces the essence of whatever genre he sings, whilst being able to create a refreshing, contemporary sound. Chirag is the lead singer for UK's first Hindi Jazz band, The Bollywood Bratpack, fusing iconic Jazz numbers from the great American songbook with Hindi Classics of Yesteryear.
Navin Kundra is a British singer/songwriter, who writes, composes and performs songs in Hindi,
Punjabi and English.
Naveena has currently been turning with his sold out, smash hit concert tour, Voice of Legends.
Navin has achieved six number one singles in the Asian Charts and won the 2013 'Entertainer of the Year' Award in the Houses of Parliament. In 2011, he became an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, and used his music to break a Guinness World Record raising £10,000 for the Trust. In 2012, Navin was appointed ambassador of the diabetes charity, Silver Star. Since becoming one of their ambassadors, Navin has helped the charity raise in excess of £10,000 by performing at fundraising events across the UK. Navin has delivered talks at youth conferences across the UK. In October 2013, Navin became the first British Asian singer to be invited to St James's Palace to perform for TRH Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall along with other guests. In November 2015, Navin was a headline performer at Wembley Stadium in London, for the visit of the PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
Born to Indian Gujarati parents and brought up in Nairobi, Rekha has been surrounded by music from a very young age. Rekha’s love for singing began under the strong influence of her mother. Exploring both Western and Indian classical and light forms of music, she has spent the last fifteen years performing across the world on many prestigious platforms. She has also trained in semi-classical Indian music at Suresh Wadkar’s music school in Mumbai as well as participated in various musical workshops held by the BBC.
From 2015 – 2016 Rekha starred in Bend It Like Beckham The Musical in London’s West End, playing the role of Simi, the heritage singer.
Rekha was fortunate to be spotted by A R Rahman during the musical and was asked to fly to Chennai to record background vocals for Gurinder Chadha’s movie “Viceroy’s House” which released in cinemas in March 2017.
Over the years Rekha has performed at the Alchemy Festival in the Southbank theatre with the Concert Orchestra, as part of the London Indian Film Festival, with the CBSO in Birmingham and many other exclusive events in the UK and across the globe.
Having performed at over 500 concerts and events worldwide, Rekha’s musical journey continues to develop with the release of her first Punjabi single “Dil Wich” in March 2019. She has collaborated with Naughty Boy, Arjun, Ellie Goulding and Preeya Kalidas and is excited to release new material and projects that are in the pipeline.
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Rita Morar is a versatile Fusion Singer, Songwriter and Live Performer. She has a deep love of
music with a unique sound that connects with others. A natural live performer who engages with her
audience through her voice. Rita uses her voice to provide a fusion sound of singing in
contemporary Hindi and English. Rita is also available for live performances and session
From a young age, music has always been an important part of Rita’s life. Whether it be devotional singing, playing the harmonium, learning the piano or having a great interest in a fusion of music from Bollywood to EDM, Rita continues to strive for a greater understanding in music.
With an experience including over 1,000 live performances and reaching an audience of over 1 million, Rita keeps on excelling in her art. Rita has performed for the BBC Radio Live Tabla Soul Sessions to the Jazz Cafe, Glastonbury and the Alchemy Festival.
My name is Amy and I am a wellbeing consultant. I run a company called The Missing Peace, and our goal is to help as many people as we can unlock the magic inside of them to achieve their highest goals. I am a trained yoga teacher and holistic therapist. I have studied and worked in India and Africa. I now work in London with children in schools and adults on-line. Through yoga, therapy, meditation and breath-work I teach people how to tune back into their inner wisdom so that their life can blossom. We live in turbulent times and I believe that our inner peace is our anchor. Visit www.themissingpeace.co.uk for full details.
Anush Hydros is a young singer and violinist who was featured twice on BBC1 Michael McIntyre's Big
Show, first in 2017 as the ''Unexpected Star of the Show'' and again in 2019 as a special invitee
on Michael McIntyre's Big Surprises. In 2018, he was part of London's Westend as young Michael
Jackson in the hit show - Motown the Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre in London. He's also been
featured on CBBC Newsround and done radio shows on Cbeebies.
In 2020, at the height of national lockdown, Anush and his little sister Anya regularly sang for their neighbours from their doorstep and recorded them on YouTube as the #DoorStepSeries. A cover of the Michael Jackson hit, ''Heal the world' went viral on FaceBook hitting more than 3.5 million homes in April 2020. Anya now regularly joins up with her brother to perform on online platforms.
Jyotsna’s musical tutelage began at home guided by her mother, Ratna Srikantiah, a Carnatic vocalist and teacher. Dedicated from a young age, as a girl Jyotsna would practice for six hours daily and attend concerts in the evenings. At the age of six she saw violin legend Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan perform and was inspired to take up the string instrument, not looking back since. She trained under musical greats including R.R. Keshavamurthy and V.S. Narasimhan, making her professional debut at the age of nine. Jyotsna went on to begin a successful career lending her talent to the film industry, playing on over two hundred South Indian cinematic soundtracks. Upon moving to London her work expanded to include television and festival engagements including work for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, WOMAD, BBC Proms and the Red Violin Festival. She also lectures in music, having delivered her discourse at the University of Cambridge and Liverpool University. Currently Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. Her 2013 album Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) cemented her position as a ‘major instrumentalist of vision and imagination’ (fRoots) and ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian). 2014 sees the release of Bangalore Dreams (United Sound). Bangalore Dreams is Jyotsna’s meditation on a theme of encounters; east meets west, ornamentation meets groove, India meets jazz. Her violin sings out vivid melodies and redolent ragas of her beloved Bangalore, twisted through with a strong jazz flavour. 2016 saw the release of Carnatic Connection, an exotic collaboration with the 11 member Bollywood Brass Band. Jyotsna is also the founder and curator of London International Arts Festival (LIAF) and leads Dhruv Arts, a UK-based not-for-profit educational organisation. In her career spanning 25 years Jyotsna has performed in all the major world music festivals across Europe.
"Ria Meera Munshi, a multi-hyphenate talent who has successfully made her mark in the cultural industry. A trained Bharatanatayam dancer, celebrity choreographer, professional model, actress, presenter, business woman and entrepreneur. Ria established her company, Ri Ri’s Dance Academy in 2011 and since has broken the Bollywood Guinness World Record, won numerous business awards, is a national television dancer and was invited to perform for the Embassy of India, in Latvia! Her acting portfolio spans from the lead role in the British Airways India commercial, to the lead of Goddess Sita, in production Cast The Light, presented to thousands."
Snehas profile : Teaching experience of 4 years. Self practice of 9 years. Yoga instructor certification from kaivalyadham and YTT 200 in Ashtanga with yoga alliance US and UK. studied Patanjali yoga sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Ironically attended my first yoga class in Tulum, Mexico and never looked back since.
My name is Kripa, I’m a busy professional with 3 young children living the hustle-bustle life the city of London has to offer. My origins are Indian (Gujarati) & was born and brought up in Portugal. I have an MSc in Organic Chemistry, a nutrition course and currently studying ‘Science & Cooking’ with Harvard University. As my day job, I run an Interior Design Consultancy so you can gather I’ve got my hands pretty full! I love cooking but I love creating. My recipes are somewhat unique in the sense that traditional recipes are given a fusion twist & of course made much easier and user friendly. Let’s put it this way, my husband & my kids can follow my recipes so that means anyone can!
Sonali is a Nutritional therapist, Level 3 Personal Trainer and a Level 3
Pre and Post natal specialist in fitness. However, her asset is that she was formerly obese herself. She was bullied as a child, grew up with a challenging relationship with food and was continuously unwell. Whilst studying at University and being a complete serial dieter, she decided to take a stand and research more into health and wellbeing.
Through a careful and structured approach and a lot of research, Sonali subsequently lost 60 pounds and in turn gained confidence, improved health and developed the passion to qualify and help others feel the way she does by creating Body Plot.
Lavina, a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, mum of 3, featured on TV & Radio.
Her mission to help people to FEEL GOOD physically, mentally & emotionally. She won the Awards
Inspiration in Health & Fitness 2020 Award. She was a finalist & only PT in the Asian Women of
Achievement Awards 2020 Sports Category.
She is a British Asian & am very passionate about promoting the health benefits of exercise to treat, prevent & reduce risks of chronic diseases like Diabetes & Heart Disease, so prevalent in Asian communities. Pre-COVID I launched a National press campaign to “Get UK Asians Fit!”
She devoted lockdown to providing free twice-daily virtual workouts to help keep all ages healthy & mentally positive from home. Since uploaded my FREE Feel Good in 21 Day Workout Plan on my Instagram page @feelgoodwithlavina.
She is continuing to provide Free virtual Seniors Workouts sessions for Asian Community Groups, with my 72-year-old Mother in Law, in Gujarati and English, which have featured on ITV, BBC and Radio 4.
She is also having a IGTV workout series on Instagram called “Feel Good in 5 mins” using my concept of “Exercise Snacking” to treat your body and mind to short bouts/”bites” of exercise throughout the day!
She has received the British Asian Trust “British Asian Heroes Award;” endorsed by the Prime Minister, Women of the Future “Kindness Rules Programme”, BBC’s “Make a Difference” for my COVID work.
Arbinder Singh Dugal
Progressive Indian Cuisine
“Indian spices can find a place in any modern-day cuisine. It is just a matter of opening your mind, soul and palate on how to use these spices in world cuisines with modern techniques”
“To interpret diversification of Indian food to new heights, whilst continually experimenting it with French, European and British cuisine. Always thriving to discover new ways of creating a unique dining experience for all”
“A spice can elevate not just another spice but the whole dish and any accompanying dishes”
2004,graduated with a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Administration, at The Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, India.
2004, completed a Bachelor’s degree inBusiness Administration. at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU), Aurangabad, India.
2004, assisted Chef Jiggs Kalra in the opening of the Nawab Saheb Restaurant situated in the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Hotel, Powai, Mumbai. Shortly, thereafter was appointed as Trainee Chef de Partie. An Indian contemporary restaurant. On my first day, I peeled and chopped 100kg of Onions.
2004 to 2007, appointedas Trainee Chef de Partie, at the Mumbai Express situated in theRenaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai. A coffee shop.
November2007, emigratedto the UK and was appointed Senior Chef de Partie at the Deerhound Inn Restaurant, Guernsey, Channel Islands. A Gastropub.
2009 to 2011,appointed Senior Chef de Partie atthe Pyne’s Bar and Restaurant situated in The Bedford Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon. A multiple cuisine fine dining restaurant.
2010, worked alongside Chef Sat Bains for two weeks at his then 1 Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham. A modern British restaurant.Also, his 3 Michelin star Waterside Inn, Maidenhead, Berkshire. A French fine dining restaurant.
2011, relocated toCentral London.
2011 to 2013, appointed as Junior Sous Chef, at theLa Pont de la Tour, Central London. A French and European fine dining restaurant.
2009 and 2013 Semi-Finalist and 2012 Finalist in The Roux Scholarship.
2013 to 2015,appointed Sous Chefat the Quaglinos Restaurant, St. James, Central London. An upmarket European brasserie and seafood specialist.
2015, participated in BBC’s Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial.
2015 to 2017, appointed as Senior Sous Chef, second in charge and handling operationsin the kitchens of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London.
2017 to 2018, appointed as Head Chef at Atul Kochhar’s Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar situated in the Crown Inn,Amersham, London. A modern British restaurant.
2018 to 2020,appointed Executive Head Chef at Madhus, London for their restaurants and catering service. An Asian fine catering and events planning company.
2019, Semi Finalist on BBC’s MasterChef Professionals UK.
2019, appointed as Head Chef for The British Asian Trust for a Royal Charity Event at Buckingham Palace.
Present,establishing in planning and consulting amongst many ventures.
Shaf is a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and a Level 3 Personal Trainer who has a special interest in pain management and lower back pain. His interest came from experiencing large amounts of pain throughout his life with severe TMJ and sciatica all whilst working within a corporate setting in the city. From experiencing pain himself, he understood first hand how this can impact your day to day living and hinder work productivity. He found western medical intervention to be ineffective and proceeded to focus on healing himself through careful exercise and nutrition. Within a year, Shaf healed his sciatica and can now walk miles compared his sciatic state where he was unable to take two steps.
He is now passionate about helping others heal themselves through personal coaching particularly, people within corporate organisations, people who lead sedentary lifestyles and those who suffer with pain.