Asian Music Project

Asian Music Project Cleveland

A music project in 1991 which celebrated international music in Cleveland.

MOHAMMED SARWAR is an internationally known musician who has been teaching Asian music in schools, colleges and universities in the UK for over six years.

He is founder of a community based organisation called “Asian Music Appreciation Rochdale” – which organises regular community workshops and performances. He has established an examination centre where students can take Asian music exams in association with Prayag Sangeet Samiti of Allahabad, India.

The Asian Music Project created in 1991 celebrates international music in Cleveland. The project aims to increase music practice and performance in schools – out of schools – as part of Festivals special events – workshops – demonstrations with international artists – and original commissions for new music. There is tremendous interest in this unique project. An effective partnership of creative support exists to promote the Project from the Arts Council of Great Britain – Northern Arts -Cleveland County Council – TVEI – Middlesbrough Borough Council – Teesside Development Corporation – BBC Radio Cleveland and Cleveland Arts.

Musician MOHAMMED SARWAR is based at the Oaklands Centre in Middlesbrough with the Instrumental Music Service of Cleveland County Council. He works in schools and assists special events in international, arts and community centres in Cleveland. With Flute – Harmonium – Dholak -Tabla – Mridingam and Ghatam instruments, song and percussion have a special focus in this exciting new music project.


Mohammed’s “Table for Beginners” manual with video cassette is still available, especially useful for schools – and demonstrates tabla with other Asian instruments.

He is a composer – interested in fusion work – and sings with his group “SAHIL” who are releasing a new recording of Punjabi/Urdu songs, in 1992.

A manual and audio cassette of songs – in western and Asian notations will be available in 1992. Events and workshops are arranged throughout the year to establish links with organisations and create awareness and harmony among communities.



Mohammed Sarwar



Arts Council of Great Britain, Northern Arts, Cleveland County Council, TVEI, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Teesside Development Corporation, BBC Radio Cleveland and Cleveland Arts.