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Gem Arts and Sage Gateshead present

Riverside Ragas: Divergence

Riverside Ragas April_WEB

Gem Arts and Sage Gateshead present

Riverside Ragas: Divergence


Exploring South Asian classical music in change, progress, transition and influence with a bold diversity of ideas, approaches and experiences. Join us for a Double Bill, with accompanying musicians, and featuring:


Giuliano Modarelli (guitar)

This new music uncovers the secret history of traditional ragas that have been forgotten over time, combining them with modern electronic and jazz sensibilities to create a unique soundscape while honouring Hindustani classical composition. Giuliano Modarelli breaks new ground while treading the history of the lost ragas.


Kitha Balakirishnan (violin)

A new work on violin using highly established notes and ornamentations (gamakams), but applying them to non-traditional structures, Kitha uses traditional structures and symbolism of Carnatic music to transpose her own reference offering a musical journey to the audience that is not only engaging but enlightens the process.

“I am seeking a mindset in which I am released from the conventional rigid structure and expectation of recital and instead I want to explore expression and making statement”

Kitha is joined by percussionists Abhiram Sahathevan and Mithushan Sivagurunathan.



GemArts is an award winning arts organisation based in the North East of England.  A nationally recognised leader in the South Asian and diversity arts sector, GemArts creates and programmes high quality concerts, events, festivals, workshops and commissions with regional, national and international artists across all art forms.

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Divergence is commissioned by zer0classikal

ℹ️ Useful Information

Concessions are available for:

  • Families – £30 for 4 people (including at least 1 adult and at least 1 child)
  • North East First Timers – £5 tickets


5.30pm: Bars open
7.30pm: Doors to Sage Two
8pm – 8.50pm: Kitha
9.15pm – 10.15pm: Giuliano
10.45pm: Last orders
Timings are subject to change

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