Roopa Panesar

Profile Image

Roopa Panesar remains firmly within the Hindustani classical idiom, but brings a distinctive style to sitar performance. Born in Leicester, she trained under UK-based maestro Dharambir Singh MBE. Additionally, she has received informal instruction from others including Pandit Arvind Parikh, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Her sitar’s design is modelled closely on those from the Imdadkhani gharana, and she takes inspiration from the greats of that region including Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Aside from touring Europe and the US, she has made numerous BBC appearances, collaborated with Talvin Singh and the Belgian Symphony Orchestra, and recorded on the soundtrack of the film West is West. She recently released her debut album, Khoj (‘discovery’), and her promising career continues on an upward trajectory. She is currently a student of Pandit Arvind Parikh.


"I was a chemical engineer and went to Aston University, and didn't think I would take up music professionally until about six years ago. I worked...for about two years, but then I decided to to take music up full time. I just didn't feel fulfilled in my job."



Darbar believes in the power of Indian classical music to stir, thrill, and inspire. Explore our YouTube channel, or subscribe to the Darbar Concert Hall to watch extended festival performances, talk and documentaries in pristine HD and UHD quality. 


Other artists you may like

Nayan Ghosh

Pandit Nayan Ghosh is notable for his mastery of both sitar and tabla. Rhythmically, he draws from the Farukhabad,...

read more

Irshad Khan

Ustad Irshad Khan hails from the esteemed Imdadkhani sitar gharana - named for his great-grandfather - alongside...

read more

Sahana Banerjee

Sahana Banerjee is an esteemed sitarist. Her mother Chhabi Banerjee, a famous singer, and her father Pandit Santosh...

read more

Shahid Parvez

Musically, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan does not compromise. He is totally dedicated to his sitar, upholding the...

read more

See Full Festival concerts from our extensive archive,
and hundreds of other exclusive performances with
Darbar Concert Hall

Download our app and watch on the go
New exclusive releases every month
Watch anytime, anywhere


START FREE TRIAL

Free for 3 days. Cancel anytime.
Pay £9.95/month

Follow us

Keep up to date with the latest news, events, music and musings across our social channels

YouTube latest

For hundreds more clips and shorts, vist our YT page here

Subscribe to our newsletters

Be the first to hear before events go on sale. Get the latest news and articles from Darbar