Learning & Participation

‘Working tirelessly to keep Indian classical music and dance alive with and for each generation’ 

For over 20 years, SAA-uk has been nurturing and developing the creative talent of Children, Young People and Adults.

Our SAA-uk Music and Dance Academies provide training in Sitar, Dilruba, Sarangi, Taus, Santoor, Tabla, Vocals, Sarod, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Participants are trained by world renowned artists in the field and each participant develops a deep understanding of the basics, laying a solid foundation to grow and develop their own freedom of expression through Indian classical music and dance. Our end of year productions build confidence, pride, and team spirit, to inspire and motivate each generation.

Our Annual Music Summer School held in Leeds attracts participants from across the UK, Europe, South Asia and USA, imbeds and develops music practice, understanding and appreciation of an ancient music tradition. Participants  have the opportunity to dip their toes into the fine art of Indian Classical Music, while others consolidate their music practice under the guidance of the world renowned musicians; Ustad Harjinderpal Singh Ji, Sri Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, Poulomi Chakrabarty, Kirpal Singh Panesar and Mehboob Nadeem

Our Folk Music of Punjab classes enable participants to develop confidence in music activity that reflects and enhances cultural events such as weddings, Asian festivals and other related activities.  The classes are fun and a great way to make friends.

School workshops and residencies promote the breadth of South Asian art forms and give pupils and teachers insight into the cultures and histories that have originated in Indian subcontinent, which are now part and parcel of the Britain’s rich cultural landscape.


Term Dates (10-week long courses in Indian Music and Dance)


Tuesday        Punjabi Folk Academy                  Spring              9th January – 27th March 2018                 

                                                                       Summer         24th April – 10th July 2018


Wednesday   South Indian Music Academy        Spring            10th January – 28th March 2018                 

                                                                       Summer         25th April – 11th July 2018


Friday            Indian Dance Academy                Spring              5th January – 23rd March 2018       

                                                                       Summer         27th April – 6th July 2018


Sunday          North Indian Music Academy        Spring               7th January – 25th March 2018                 

                                                                       Summer         22nd April – 15th July 2018


 *No Spring classes w/c 12th February & 19th February 2018 – 2 week Half Term break

 **No Summer classes w/c 28th May & 4th June 2018 – 2 week Half Term break


We are always looking for new ways to engage new participants and audiences, so feel free to contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 and ask for our Learning and Participation Officer Lorna or email education@saa-uk.org