About

NJ Arts activities are run by a group of dedicated volunteers who contribute wisdom, skill, expertise and talent to make the centre a great place for our small scaleand ad hoc events, a hub for diverse artists wanting to build networks and acquire professional experience, and also for our medium sized gatherings on universal themes that unite people from many different backgrounds.

 

Saira Peter MSc (Karachi) MA (London) -

Director of NJ Arts since 2013, Saira Peter is qualified in the sciences, humanities and the arts. She is classically trained, to professional levels, in Indian and Western music and is a composer and accomplished vocalist in several European and Asian languages.

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Zafar Francis MA (London) PgDip – Founder -

Zafar P Francis is an accomplished creative writer, composer and Urdu scholar. He grew up in Karachi and has extensive international experience having visited five continents. He speaks five languages. His passion is to see marginalised artists achieve excellence in their skill, support one another and bring diverse peoples together through the performing arts.

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Rosemary James MA (oxon) MSc (London) MA (SOAS) DIC -

Rosemary is interested in everything!  Trained in Zoology from Oxford University and in Applied Entomology from Imperial College London, Rosemary is also an Anthropologist, having studied for a Masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS, London University. Her passion is to see people brought together through the arts and for young people from various diasporas in London to connect w... Read More

Stephen Smith MA (Minn) MA (London) PgDip -

.Stephen is a qualified ethnomusicologist with a specialism in the music of North India. He is a classically trained pianist and expert harmonium player.  Stephen is the NJ Arts Music Director and gives tuition in piano.

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