About - History

SAA-uk is a centre of excellence set up 1997 to preserve the art of South Asian Classical music and dance  and facilitate new expressions through it three programmes of work that focus on Learning & Participation, Performance and Community Engagement.

Our work ensures B.A.M.E communities who are culturally deprived, have equal access to high quality arts experience and is part of the rich arts and culture offer in the North of England for everyone to enjoy.

SAA-uk is renowned for nurturing and developing talent, presenting high quality performance and project in its own right and in partnership. It is a leader in the creative case for diversity.

Through our Generation 21 fundraising campaign we will look to increase our capacity and skills to raise funds from diverse sources, raise awareness of philanthropic giving to the arts among B.A.M.E communities to support the vital work we do training and developing arts and cultural leaders, supports up and coming artists to pursue successful careers and transforming lives overcoming boundaries through arts.

Since 1997 the key milestones in our journey in becoming and internationally recognised organisation are:

Key Achievements

In 1998-99 introduced the concept of International Summer School and Music Festival in the UK which focused on Indian Classical music.

In 2000-01 SAA-uk (formerly LCIMD) became an Arts Council England Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO)

In 2002-03 SAA-uk played a key role in the birth of the National South Asian Youth Orchestra (SAMyo)

In 2004-05 SAA-uk was recognised by HRH Queen Elizabeth II for its contribution to the UK music industry.

In 2007-08 Happy 10th Birthday! Launched SAA-uk Concert Series and took on a major collaboration with the Halle Orchestra.

In 2009-10 SAA-uk launched the RAAGfever Radio show on a FEVER fm 107.3fm

In 2010-11 Founder of SAA-uk Ustad Dharambir Singh received MBE

In 2012-12 SAA-uk exported the best of British to America and Qatar

In 2012-13 Secured its status as a national organisation funded by Arts Council England and arts@leeds and celebrates 15th Birthday.

Working in Partnership

To date South Asian Arts-uk has successfully delivered projects funded by Youth Music, West Yorkshire Grants, PRS, Arts Council G4A and Lloyds TSB