Himat was born and raised in Wembley. He now runs Kaashi Arts, a not for profit performing arts platform for Indian classical performing arts
Music and art have always been a major part of my life. I started learning the Tabla (Indian classical drums) when I was seven and have gone on to be involved with all sorts of music – from grunge /metal to jazz. Having initially studied and worked in finance and then setting up various businesses, I co-founded Kaashi Arts 18 months ago. Along with artistic director Pandit Sanju Sahai ji, Sarabjeet Singh Dogra and Tobias Brent, we want to preserve and promote the Indian classical fine arts. Our name comes from Kaashi which is the ancient name for the city Varanasi, on the banks of the sacred River Ganges.
The holy city provides the primary inspiration for our organisation and our ongoing journey in understanding the link between classical arts, music and spirituality.
A highlight for me was when we worked with Smt Girija Devi ji, an incredibly famous female vocalist. In April we curated a concert with her on the banks of the River Ganges to an audience of over 1,000 people. A simply incredible experience for us as a young organisation.