Sarwar Sabri Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material relating to musician Sarwar Sabri, during the period 1985-2005. The collection comprises articles written about his work/performances, the publicity for events where he performed, photographs of his performances and school work as well as his own Curriculum Vitae. The collection also includes two copies of the vinyl record Master Drummer of India.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sarwar Sabri (Sarvar Sabri) is an internationally renowned tabla player and composer. As a composer he has provided music for TV, radio and various dance theatre companies. He was awarded the Arts Council Composer for Dance Award. He participates in major music festivals held in India, makes regular appearances at the South Bank Centre, London and performed for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He is the founder of Sabri Ensemble and as well as Indian classical music, is involved with experimental work.


Numbered files and folders

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email:, giving at least two working days notice.

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

This collection is part of The South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim was to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

SADAA deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available.

Alternative Form Available

Some copies are available online at VADS.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Records, scanned newspaper articles, newspaper cuttings, posters, leaflets, flyers and scanned photographs

Archivist's Note

Described by Verity Anne Jones with amendments by Katie Flanagan

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However, you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.


Collection is complete.