Sitar star Stevie has played for Dalai Lama
A Hamilton musician who has performed for the Dalai Lama is set to play a huge part in Scotland’s biggest festival of Indian food.
Stevie Callaghan, a sitar and flute player, will be one of the star performers at the Indian Food Bazaar being staged in Glasgow this weekend, July 14 and 15.
He is set to play a mix of classic Indian ragas (a melodic framework for improvisation in Indian music) and fusion of Indian and Western styles and songs.
Stevie said:“the response in the UK to the sitar has been overwhelming as many people -have never experienced the instrument up close in a live situation.
“I’ve played at all sorts of events and functions but performing at a food festival will be a completely new one on me.
“It’s going to be interesting, though, particularly back in Glasgow. I’m also looking forward to sampling the food. You can’t beat Indian food prepared and cooked well, and there will be a massive range of dishes to taste.”
The Indian Food Bazaar will be held in The Briggait from noon to 10pm on both days.
Stevie studied in Varanasi, the spiritual home of Indian classical music on the banks of the River Ganges. The Dalai Lama is among the people he has performed for.
Music maestro Stevie Callaghan has played for the Dalai Lama (right)