Darbar Festival 18-21 September 2014

“I left, not thinking about how much music I had heard, but thinking about how much music I had missed in the concerts I was not able to get to” Seen and Heard International

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Darbar Festival at Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 3pm
Back by popular demand - our 60-minute yoga classes for Darbar Festival goers. Come along to stretch, bend, twist and still your mind in these fun, dynamic classes which are done to music - open to all levels. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Thu 18 Sep 14 - 6.30pm
Bharat Bushan Goswami is a master of the sarangi, skilfully performing traditional temple music. Debashish Bhattacharya follows on the sarod, accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Fri 19 Sept 2014 - 6.30pm
Nityanand Haldipur on the flute followed by Prem Kumar Mallick presenting the Dharbangha drupad vocal More Info…
Southbank Centre
Fri 19 Sept 2014 - 3pm
Manorama Prasad will deliver a special, intimate performance by The Trinity of South Indian composers - Tyāgarāja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 10am
From the depths of the Punjab, Northern India, we feature two incredibly rare instruments used by the Sikh Gurus, the Taus and Jori More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 6.00pm
Subhalaksmi makes her debut UK solo through her vast repertoire of rich and expressive ragas (melodies) delivered with laser-like accuracy and power. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 8am
Come and immerse yourself into the sonorous sounds of the bansuri in the hands of one of India’s greatest flute masters More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 10.30am
Chandra Chakraborty will immerse you into rare morning ragas through her spiritual expression and technical prowess. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 5pm
Torvi brings to life afternoon ragas with his majestic and powerful voice through impeccable improvisation unwrapping the raga note by note More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 1pm
Double bill featuring Shashank, a household name in South India and Niladri Kumar provide enthralling musical flourishes More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 7.30pm
Prabha Atre, the doyenne of the Kirana gharana, continues to enrich classical music.For over six decades, Atre’s unique timbre and extraordinary artistry has won the hearts of audiences around the world. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 10am
Torvi makes his UK debut performance with a pulsating concert of morning ragas (melodies) during which the whole range of raga colour is celebrated with rhythm and energy. More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 2.30pm
One of India’s most remarkable maestros, Subhankar Banerjee strikes out with his bold yet crisp rhythms on the tabla. His masterful improvisational dexterity is second to none More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 6.30pm
Double bill concert featuting Jyoti Hegde (rudra veena) followed by Abhishek Raghuram (carnatic vocal) More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 10.30am
Come along to stretch, bend, twist and still your mind in these fun, dynamic classes which are done to music More Info…
Southbank Centre
Fri 19 Sept 2014 - 12.30pm
A rare chance to discover the world of a international Sitar maestro - Niladri Kumar talks about his life and music More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sat 20 Sept 2014 - 12.30pm
Discover a flavour of the past six decades of Indian classical music through one of India’s foremost vocalists, Dr. Prabha Atre More Info…
Southbank Centre
Sun 21 Sept 2014 - 12.30pm
Abhishek Raghuram, demystifies the complex and intricate Carnatic tradition through a special in-conversation session More Info…
Southbank Centre
Wed 19 Sept 14 - 7.30pm
Designed for beginners, it helps fans of Indian classical music learn more about its theory and context. More Info…

Darbar Festival 2014

Welcome to the 9th annual Darbar Festival at the Southbank Centre in association with SkyArts. Come and explore the finest Indian classical music festival in the world. If you have never been to an Indian classical concert, then join us and discover a world of enchanting melody and rhythm.

“It’s music that flows through you like an endless range of peaks – a Himalaya of mind and music that suspends all outside distractions, preoccupations and the conventional flow of time” The ArtsDesk

We are the only festival in the World that brings the two classical traditions - Hindustani (north Indian) and Carnatic (south Indian) together right here in London at the Southbank Centre.

So what makes our Festival so special? “The Darbar organisers do all the legwork and do the research, hand pic the musicians and put them on our doorstep – it really doesn’t get better than that” BBC Radio 3

Over the years we have listened to our audiences and ensure that one of the unique features is that we bring many musicians who are simply brilliant but never performed in London. We all love that magical feeling of discovering great new talent.

For those that joined the Darbar family we thank you for all your continued support. Come and enjoy free family foyer events, mingle with and get CD’s autographed by the musicians, browse and spoil yourselves at the Darbar Bazar with selected range of quality Indian scarves, jewelry, saris and miniature paintings. For those who wish to buy music, I have specially selected the best CD’s you can buy during the festival.

After last years sell out concert we extend the Darbar Unplugged concerts and introducing family and children based events. With all this take a break during the festival and stretch yourselves and relax your minds with our Yogabliss sessions.

Whether you are a connoisseur or new to this genre you can sign up to our Indian Classical Music Appreciation course, which will enable you to further understand and enjoy this classical form.

To complete your enjoyment, don’t miss out on the Roti Chai Street Kitchen restaurant situated in the festival village that brings you an inspired menu created just for the Darbar Festival.

Indulge yourself through an experience of a lifetime. Book your tickets now.

Sandeep Virdee

Artistic Director

Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

 

Latecomers

Latecomers will not be allowed into the concert until a suitable time during the performance. This could be at the end of the alaap, jor, jhalla or simply an appropriate time during the concert.

Festival Pass

The Darbar Festival Pass costs £160 and gives you access to all the Darbar events in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, plus three ‘in conversation’ events. The Pass is the cheapest way to enjoy all these Darbar events.

There is only a limited number of Festival Passes available. You cannot book them online - please call 0844 875 0073 between 9am and 8pm daily to book.

How to Book Tickets

There are no transaction fees when you book in person at the Ticket Office. For online, phone and postal sales, we charge a small fee per transaction to help cover our costs. Become a Member to avoid transaction fees, whichever way you book.
In Person

There is no transaction fee to book in person at the Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office, which is open every day, 10am - 8pm. The Hayward Gallery Ticket Office is open every day, 10am - 6pm. Riverside Information Point and Ticket Office open 12-8pm daily.

Online

We provide a real-time secure online booking service.
Online bookings have a reduced transaction fee of £1.75.
There is no transaction fee for Members: please log in to the website before booking.

By Phone

Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073. Open 9am - 8pm, seven days a week.
Telephone bookings have a transaction fee of £2.75.
There is a call queuing system when lines are busy.

Members never pay a transaction fee and get priority in the telephone queue: please call 0844 875 0072 and quote your Membership number.

By Post

Applications can be sent to:

Southbank Centre Ticket Office
London
SE1 8XX

Make cheques payable to Southbank Centre leaving the amount blank but indicating an upper limit.

When booking by post, please give your name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers in case we have a query.

Please do not post credit card details to us.
Members booking

There is no transaction fee for Members. Members get priority in the telephone queue: please call 0844 875 0072. Online, Members must log in to the website before booking. By phone or by post, please quote your Membership number when booking.