Manchester Evening News, 15th March 1985, "Old India strikes a new note in Tameside" by Bernard Spilsbury
MUSIC will cross inter-national boundaries in Tameside tomorrow.
A group of young English players will take part in a concert of classical North Indian works.
They have been trained for a year by a leading player of the Tabla hand drums, Mr Pandit Popatkar. Ile has made the sounds of old India as natural to neighbours in Wallace Avenue, Rusholme. Manchester, as those of Radio Two.
Now his group of eight has reached professional standard and is ready for its first public convert, says Mr Popatkar, who came to live in Manchester in 1981.
In his terrace home, the music of guitar. saxophone, clarinet and Tabla was being produced by six "disciples" - Graham Massey, aged 24, of Osborn Road, Levenshulme; Clare Schumm, aged 22, of Burnage Lane, Burnage; Dominic Runt, aged 24, of Strathmore Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy; and Eric Ramsden, Howard Walmsley and Lynn Walton, all aged 23, from Clyde Road, Didsbury.
They first met on a course in North Indian music being given by Mr Popatkar a year ago. Now they plan to teach or play the music professionally.
Twenty artists will play at tomorrow's concert at Tameside College of Technology, Ashton under Lyne.