One of Birmingham's leading bhangra promoters has been invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to music.
Amma Talwar, chief executive of music label Punch, has received an invitation to "the hottest ticket in town" when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh host a party for the 600 leading figures in British music tonight.
Security for the event is very tight but reports have it the evening will be graced by the likes of Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Queen.
Mr Talwar admitted he was surprised by the invite but is proud the work of his record label has been noticed at the highest level.
He said: "I'm pretty excited to be going there and though I'm not collecting an award or anything like that it is satisfying to know somebody out there has recognised our work."
Having left Nottingham Trent University with a degree in civil engineering he endured two years of " monotony" before he began to pursue a career involving his first love - music.
He opened Punch Records in Perry Barr in 1996 having been an established fixture on the local music scene for many years.
"Birmingham is now the bhangra capital of the world with up to 80 per cent of the music produced in the UK coming from the city and we should be proud of that.
"Through the influence of black music and dance music we are now exporting bhangra rather than importing it and we have the infrastructure, knowledge and know-how to produce world class music right here at any time," he said.
His label's most recent success was a photographic exhibition entitled From Soho Road to the Punjab which charted the rise and valued contribution of bhangra music and culture in the West Midlands and beyond.