Kaleem Sheikh is a London based singer/musician, musicologist, and indian film and poetry expert. He was trained in Indian Classical music by Ustad Sultan Khan , and has performed at the personal requests of the Late Ismail Merchant ( Merchant Ivory Films ) and Shahjarian ( The foremost singer in Iran ). Kaleem has performed for significant Musicians in what was Indian cinema.
Kaleem has also worked for BBC Radio as a broadcast Music Journalist where he presented the A – Z of Indian Film and Classical music, whose work has been endorsed and acknowledged by members of The House of Lords in Britain and government sgencies.
He has also worked as an advisor to Asian Arts Access and numerous other arts and theatrical organisations in Britain, and has contributed work to CNN/IBN live and was the specialist music advisor to the BBC Television documentary “London Calling”.
Kaleem holds a Bsc ( Honours ) in Research Methods and Statistics and an MA in Sociology.
A former London Policeman, Kaleem has also worked in Community Development and Cohesion for London Borough Of Ealing where he was the foremost Officer in reaching out to new communities and working with the Metropolitan Police on safer neighbourhood projects, and empowering community groups to become active stake holders and forming panels to meet Officers from the Audit Commission. Kaleem has given evidence to the Public Accounts Committee ,and has received acknowledgement for this. He has also featured in a Home Office documentary on neighbourhood safety. Kaleem has successfully represented applications of asylum seekers to secure refugee status in Britain and also secured spouse visas for refugees in Britain. Kaleem has also lawyered at the Royal Courts of Justice, County Courts, and Immigration and employment tribunals.
In November 2009, Kaleem presented a feature on the influence of poetry in Indian cinema at Kings Place ( the home of The Guardian ) . Ibn live, the premier news channel in India , have utilised the information on this website to feature in a programme on music and shared the platform with John Mole and other noted celebrities in British Cinema. In 2016 , Kaleem sang to a full house at the Nehru Centre, Indian High Commission. in memory of Ustad Sultan Khansahib. The concert was produced by Sama Arts and has received outstanding reviews which are available on this site.
Recently , Kaleem has co-authored the book ” Sangeet Kar ” ( Musicians profiles). The book concerns the meeting of iconic musicians of the 20th century from the Indian subcontinent with Mr Ayub Aulia. The book contains a copy of a letter from Mr Bill Clinton to the Family of the master rhythmist , Ustad Alla Rakha Qureshi. The Ustad had played at the White House and was adored by the President. Other great Ustads of the 20th century are also featured in the book, together with an article on the history of Indian classical music.
In addition Kaleem has assisted Kanhiyalal production’s in a documentary on the life and career of the iconic Indian film star of yesteryear- Pandit Kanhiyalal Chaturvedi. The documentary contains interviews with such bollywood super stars as Mr Amitabh Bachan.
In addition , Kaleem is currently writing a book on Madhubala ( Mumtaz Jahan Dehlvi ) who remains the foremost star in Indian film history.
Kaleem continues to perform and lecture at select venues in addition to be assigned to write, as he was recently in concern with the music of the most authentic artiste of historic Indian cinema- Mr Madan Mohan.