Poorva Express is a Stockholm-based duo performing North-Indian classical music with sitar and tabla. The repertoir focuses on the traditional raga system with its complex melodic and rythmical structures and immense improvisational possibilities, but also includes “semiclassical” music such as dhuns (folk melodies) and bhajans. Through their numerous performances they have developed an unique sound and playing style within the frames set by the ancient raga structure.

Stian Grimstad (sitar, sur bahar) started his sitarstudies in 1996 and have since then continued his studies through frequent visits to India. After the initial training from the late Sambonath Bhattacharya he continued under the guidance of Khursid Ali Khan, a former student of Ustad Vilayat Khan, and since 2005 also from Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior student of Pandit Ravi Shankar.


Moa Danielson (tabla) started her tabla studies in Varanasi with Sudip Bhattacharya in 1999. From 2003 she has been trained by Pandit Kishore Kumar Mishra, a senior student of Pandit Sharda Sahai of Varanasi gharana.


Poorva Express was formed in Oslo in 1998 by several students of indian classical music as a collective undertaking devoted to exploration and performance of the North-Indian raga. From 2003 Poorva Express performs mainly as a duo in Sweden, Norway, India, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia and Austria, but also in various projects with other musicians and artists. Among these are the etno-fusion group Lele Lele and the international project KPE.

Poorva Express also gives workshops and “guided ragas” for musicians and non-musicians in concert halls, schools and music academies. They have been awarded with several prices and scholarships such as Margot och Tobis Stiftelse’s Scholarship by SAMI, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm’s Scholarship and First Price in Albena International Folk Festival as a group (with Lele Lele) as well as for solo performances on tabla and sitar.