Sitar star Ste­vie has played for Dalai Lama

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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)

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