Posted on August 14th, 2018 in Local News

Keith announced the establishment of an Annual Performing Arts Prize in honour of the late Chandubhai Mattani who died in Leicester last week. Keith made the announcement at the Mayer Community Centre, Leicester. Hundreds of people attended the event and other tributes were given by Gautam Bodiwala and Mr Mattani’s grandson Rohan. Devotional prayers were led by Alap Ashit Desai. Keith described Mr Mattani as “an icon of Leicester and global music who had brought serenity and style to the Belgrave Road”. He went on“ Chandu Mattani was the fifth person I met when I arrived in Leicester 33 years ago. I can remember his smile, his grace and his kindness and generosity. He never uttered an unkind word about anyone”. Keith said that Chandubhai’s musical recitals in Leicester inspired him to have recitals in Westminster. “He lived a long life, full of energy and dynamism but it was also too short. We have lost a giant whose humility and passion for music will be missed by us every single day. The Mattani Award for Performing Arts will be an Annual event. Young people under the age of 20 will enter the competition and three finalists will perform at a concert. Further details will be announced after consultation with the Mattani family and Leicester City Council.