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Listen on -15 January BBC Radio 2 at 10pm

Sheila Chandra surveys the history of Asian music in Britain, reminding us how a folk dance called Bhangra was fist brought in by immigrants from the Punjab in the Fifties. ‘It took me until I was 16 to appreciate the fundamental differences between Indian and Western music,’ she says. ‘The Western variety is based on changes of chord , the Indian isn’t – one is extroverted, the other introverted.’

Published 15th Jan 2003 »