Ricky Romain – Sitar player
1972-1975 – Became residential pupil in Southall London of Punita Gupta , a disciple of Ravi Shankar. Continued to study Indian classical music by the traditional master/pupil method, eventually becoming proficient in the understanding, and use, of Rag and Tal, (Melody and Rhythm), and with the improvisational techniques associated with Northern Indian classical music conventions.
1975-1977 – Continued to learn and refine technique under the supervision of Bengali sitar player P. Gunguly.
1977-1980 – Taught himself to play the Surbahar (bass Sitar).
1976 – Moved to Devon. Performed at, and collaborated with, the Indian Music Department at Dartington College of Art.
2000-Ongoing – Associate Lecturer in Indian Classical Music University of Plymouth.
Ricky Romain has performed regularly throughout the West Country, Nationally and in Europe since the early 1980’s. He has also been involved in a wide variety of collaborations and recordings with Classical Indian musicians. In addition he has worked with practitioners from other musical and artistic genres including Jazz, Rock, Folk, World and Western Classical Music, Dance, and Movement. He has also been involved in a number of school and community arts projects using Indian Folk and Classical music as a focus for Inter- disciplinary study. For the last ten years he has been a associate lecturer in Indian classical music at the University of Plymouth.
Ricky was a founder member of Jazz fusion group ‘Na-Da’ recording and co writing with jazz saxophonist Tony Roberts the album ‘Breath of Fire’, and was also founder member of the world fusion band ‘Dhani’, recording the album ‘Between Two’.
For the last nineteen years, with Jon Sterckx (tabla), have performed classical Indian Music throughout the South West nationally and in Europe also having produced two CDs: Raga Ahir Bhairav and Raga Kirvani – Live Recording
Ricky Romain is an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited widely throughout the country and in Europe and has worked on interdisciplinary collaborative projects within many sections of the community, see: www.rickyromain.com