Sat Feb 27: QSMA Indian Classical Concert and AGM

Qld Sangeet Mela Association presents an Indian Classical Concert in conjunction with our first Annual General Meeting. This concert is FREE for members, including anyone who joins from now or on the night!

630pm: Tabla solo by Arun Pillai, accompanied by Nikhil Deo (harmonium)
650pm: Bansuri solo by Darshil Shah, accompanied by Shen Flindell (tabla)
730pm: Break for tea and snacks
8pm: AGM (members only)

(You can purchase tickets for the concert, or for just $5 extra get annual membership. Current members are also requested to book their free ticket via this link.)

Shen Flindell: 0415106428,



Financial Advisor by the day and Musician by heart, Darshil has been learning and playing Bansuri since 2002. Based in Brisbane, Australia since 2009, Darshil has a dream of passing on the legacy of the Ancient Indian Classical Music to cross-cultural communities and next generation of musicians. Born and brought up in Mumbai, he has had the privilege of learning music from some of the best Bansuri Players from Maihar Gharana (Lineage). Darshil was a featured artist at Sangeet Mela 2019.

Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.

Arun is one of the senior students of Shen Flindell. He recently completed his PRSSV Grade 8 tabla exam, and is the recipient of the inaugural Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Scholarship. Currently 15 years old, Arun is very excited about his future in tabla.

Nikhil Deo is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University under Graeme Jennings on Viola and Mattias Lower in Opera. He found his passion for music through studying harmonium and tabla at the age of 5, studying with his father. He later went on to study tabla under Shen Flindell, completing his 6th Grade PRSSV exam in 2013. He then found his base in Western Classical music, performing in various orchestras around Brisbane. He has also conducted Queensland Youth Orchestra 2, Young Conservatorium String Orchestra and various small projects with Griffith University. Nikhil now enjoys a life as a performer in both Indian and Western classical music.

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