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Bishi, born Bishnu Priya is a British singer, musician and DJ. She is a London-based multi-instrumentalist strongly influenced by annual visits to the Ravi Shankar School in Delhi. Bishi was first recognized in 2001 as the central DJ & ‘face’ of London’s experimental underground nightclub. British born to a Bengali musical family, Bishi started singing when she was two years old. Her mother, an Indian Classical/Traditional singer enrolled her in a musical education. Trained in both Eastern and Western classical music, Bishi started piano and harmonium studies aged six and went on to learn guitar, bass & sitar in her teens. Her musical influences also include English folk and disco. Bishi began her musical career in The Sound Storm - an improvised electro acoustic performance art troupe led by London night club legend Matthew Glamorre and his long time collaborator Richard Torry. Bishi is also characterised by her glamorous and extravagant stage appearance.

Media appearances include the BBC’s Culture Show. Recently she has attracted critical attention and been nominated for the 2008 South Bank Show Awards – the ‘Times Breakthrough Award’.

Her first album Nights at the Circus was described as “Falling somewhere between M.I.A. and Simon and Garfunkel via a stint at music college,” with Bishi being hailed as a “a welcome breath of air.” The album was performed in its entirety with the strings of The London Symphony Orchestra in June 2008 at LSO St Luke’s. Also in 2008 she was asked to join a tour of the great voices of British Folk ‘The Daughters of Albion alongside the likes of Norma Waterson and June Tabor.

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