11th - 12th December 2020



Welcome to the

4th Annual World Music Conference


The World Music Conference is a yearly event which aims to join the countless cultures present within our society through the unique combination of world music and innovative research in our both collaborative and interactive conference.

Each year, we have a contemporary, overarching theme to focus on. 2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for many, with long-lasting negative impacts of COVID-19 and also tragic recent events all around the world which only question our faith in humanity. This is why this year, the theme of the conference is: "MUSIC AND YOGA FOR IMPROVING MENTAL AND SOCIAL WELLBEING."

We will be joined by expert speakers and talented performers who will present their thoughts and research to promote mental care amongst the audience members. Those attending the conference will undoubtedly positively benefit from a special combination of extensive knowledge of the speakers along with unique performances from people all around the world. 

Short introduction to this year's conference


The World Music Conference is organized by the British Carnatic Choir (BCC), the U.K.'s first and only Carnatic Choir. The BCC is governed by a board of patrons and trustees who hail from a variety of professional backgrounds and oversee the organisation. 
The World Music Conference was established in 2017, with the intention of creating long-lasting ties between the numerous cultures coexisting within our society today. 
Since then, we have successfully hosted three conferences featuring a unique array of world musicians and expert speakers to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Each year, the speakers cover a wide range of topics, which means there's always something for everyone to discover and enjoy. 
Both music and yoga have been scientifically proven to positively influence one's mental wellbeing; to understand and discuss this connection, tune into the virtual conference between 11th - 12th December 2020.
This year, our conference is a friendly, welcoming space in which leading researchers, musicians, and the general public can meet to share, inspire, and network. 
Attending this conference will allow you to:
  • reflect on the latest research in the fields of mental health, music and fitness.
  • discover key techniques you can use to improve your mental state.
  • network with distinguished professionals whom you may not otherwise have met.
  • be involved in breaking down cultural barriers and form sustained relationships with new people.
  • promote world music.


Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan FRSA, FRAS

Founder Director of British Carnatic Choir and World Music Conference

Dr Ramakrishnan is an advocate of mental health through music, and started her company, ShruthiUK, in 2005, with the aim of making Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music and dance more accessible in the UK. 

She is recognised for her exceptional care and unique holistic methods whilst engaging with people of all ages and abilities; her work serves to boost their confidence and to improve their mental and social wellbeing.

Our Aim

We want to achieve good mental health and well-being for all through world music and the arts.
The WMC strives to establish a stage where everyone can:
  • engage in unique interactive sessions to boost creativity 
  • enhance personal and professional development
  • improve their cognitive competence
  • foster a deep appreciation for music
It will also serve as an integral part in supporting and promoting cultural activity in the UK and abroad.

2020 Virtual Schedule

WMC History

Past Events





Strategic Committee

Karam Bharij


Dr Prakash Sontakke

Dr Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE

Dr Shashank Vikram IFS
Consul General of India in Birmingham 
World Music Conference

Patron - British Carnatic Choir

Chairman - World Music Conference 

Patron - British Carnatic Choir

Chairman - World Music Conference 

Neelabha Chatterjee
Dr Satish Rao
Deputy Medical Director
Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
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Professor Paul Cadman 

Executive Advisor

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Dr Raja P. Pappu

Executive Advisor



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Dr Alison Ohta
Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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Dr Ramya Palacholla MD, MPH

Lead Scientist & Faculty

Partners Healthcare & Harvard Medical School

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Dr Nasir Awan

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Consul General of India
West Midlands Combined Authority

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