About Samswara

Samswara – Jon Sterckx (tabla) and Ricky Romain (sitar) have been thrilling and entertaining audiences throughout the UK since 2001.

Samswara were performers at the National Celebration of British Asian Live Arts in 2008 and were voted ‘Best Group’ in the MTM South West & South Wales Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014.

Jon Sterckx – Tabla

Jon Sterckx Tabla. Samswara sitar & tabla duo UK

Jon Sterckx is a tabla player & innovative percussionist with over 30 years experience of working with world percussion & World Music.

He studied tabla between 1994-2006 in UK with Harjinder Singh Matharu and in India with Shivanand Bandhari at the Naadashree Arts Institute in Kumta, Karnataka, and with Kailash Nishad in Benares (Varanasi).

Known internationally for his innovative ‘Drumscapes‘ performances, Jon has performed twice at TED events, and his performance at TEDxWarwick was selected from over 10,000 TED events globally for the TED Global Music Project. To watch the video click here.

Jon has delivered Tabla, World Music, Indian Music & World Rhythm workshops to schools, colleges, universities & festivals for over 15 years and was an Associate Lecturer at University of Plymouth between 2003-2017.

Jon teaches tabla & world percussion at schools around Gloucestershire & is the tabla teacher for South Asian Performing Arts Centre in Swindon (weekly tabla classes – for info click here)

Find more information about Jon & his work, music & videos here: www.jonsterckx.co.uk








Samswara sitar & tabla duo Stroud & Devon South West UK

Ricky Romain – Sitar

Ricky Romain sitar. Samswara sitar & tabla duo UK

Ricky Romain is a sitar player who plays Indian Classical Music and is based in the South West of England.

He learned sitar between 1972-1977 in London with Punita Gupta & P. Gunguly.

He has also been involved in a wide variety of collaborations and recordings with Classical Indian musicians and has worked with musicians from other musical and artistic genres including Jazz, Rock, Folk, World and Western Classical Music, Dance, and Movement.

Ricky has also been involved in a number of school and community arts projects using Indian Folk and Classical music as a focus for interdisciplinary study. For the last ten years he has been an associate lecturer in Indian classical music at the University of Plymouth.

Ricky teaches sitar & Indian music in Axminster Devon.

Find more information about Ricky & his work here: www.indian-music.org