Darbar Festival 2018

3 VENUES, 3 MONTHS, 1 FESTIVAL

22-23 Sep at Southbank Centre

25-28 Oct at Barbican Centre

24-25 Nov at Sadler's Wells

Welcome to Darbar Festival 2018

Discover the finest Indian classical music brought to you right here in London. The Darbar Festival’s 13th annual festival returns for 2 days at the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and 4 days at Milton Court (Barbican Centre). Akram Khan has curated 2 days of the finest Indian classical dance at Sadlers’ Wells. 

Indian classical arts have been shaped by many influences from both indigenous and foreign sources since ancient times. In early India, most of the arts were derived from Vedic influences. One of the first documents articulating Indian arts is the Natya Shastra, which dates as far back as 200 BCE. It provides detailed written guidance through 36 chapters and some 6,000 poetic verses about music and the performing arts.

At Darbar we believe that everyone should benefit from live performances of this life-changing art form. If you have never been to an Indian classical concert, join us to discover an enchanting world of melody and rhythm. The concept of rasas or emotions embedded within Indian arts is said to have been formulated over thousands of years ago and relates to the feeling that is evoked when experiencing art, music, dance and cinema. Let us introduce you or deepen your experience of some of the finest improvised music and dance in the world.

The Darbar Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre, Barbican and Sadlers’ Wells between September and November 2018. 

Sandeep Virdee OBE, Artistic Director

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FESTIVAL BROCHURE FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE

Darbar Festival Pass

    • Barbican Centre ONLY

    • Up to 6 fantastic performances

    • Unbeatable value

Festival Passes can only be purchased by calling Barbican Centre box office on 020 7638 8891

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Debashish Bhattacharya + Praveen Sheolikar

Double bill of music featuring slide guitar and North Indian violin.

Sat 22 September, 06:30 PM, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Friday Lunch: Strings Synergy

Ranjan Vasudevan, Kiruthika Balakrishnan, Janakan Sri Rangan & Pujenthan Sivagurunathan

Fri 21 September, 01:00 PM, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

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Ashwini Bhide Deshpande + Purbayan Chatterjee

India’s iconic sitar and one of India’s finest khayal vocalists.

Sun 23 September, 05:30 PM, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Debashish Bhattacharya + Praveen Sheolikar

Double bill of music featuring slide guitar and North Indian violin.

Sat 22 September, 06:30 PM, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Ashwini Bhide Deshpande + Purbayan Chatterjee

India’s iconic sitar and one of India’s finest khayal vocalists.

Sun 23 September, 05:30 PM, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Friday Tonic: Kabir Cafe

Fri 21 September, 05:30 PM, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

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Indian Music Course

All-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music,

Mon 17 September, 07:30 PM, Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

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Ustad Shahid Parvez + Parveen Sultana

Legends of India

Sun 28 October, 05:30 PM, Barbican Hall

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Meeta Pandit + Rupak Kulkarni

Double-bill of flute and Khayal

Thu 25 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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Soumik Datta + Malladi Brothers

Hindustani and carnatic double bill

Fri 26 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Morning Concert

Sat 27 October, 10:00 AM, Milton Court

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Sanju Sahai

Tabla Solo

Sat 27 October, 02:00 PM, Milton Court

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Omkar Dadarkar + Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi

Double bill of Carnatic and Hindustani

Sat 27 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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An evening of Bharatanatyam

Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan

Sat 24 November, 07:30 PM, Sadler's Wells Theatre

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Adventures in Odissi and Kathak

Sujata Mohapatra and Gauri Diwakar

Sun 25 November, 07:30 PM, Sadler's Wells Theatre

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Friday Lunch: Strings Synergy

Fri 21 September, 01:00 PM, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

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Friday Tonic: Kabir Cafe

Fri 21 September, 05:30 PM, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

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Indian Music Course

Mon 17 September, 07:30 PM, Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

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Ustad Shahid Parvez + Parveen Sultana

Sun 28 October, 05:30 PM, Barbican Hall

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Meeta Pandit + Rupak Kulkarni

Thu 25 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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Soumik Datta + Malladi Brothers

Fri 26 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Sat 27 October, 10:00 AM, Milton Court

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Sanju Sahai

Sat 27 October, 02:00 PM, Milton Court

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Omkar Dadarkar + Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi

Sat 27 October, 06:30 PM, Milton Court

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An evening of Bharatanatyam

Sat 24 November, 07:30 PM, Sadler's Wells Theatre

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Adventures in Odissi and Kathak

Sun 25 November, 07:30 PM, Sadler's Wells Theatre

“What I love about Darbar is you feel you are getting the best and experiencing it with cognoscenti. There’s something magical going on that you might never understand, but is a treat to be part of. It is relaxed and never intimidating”

Songlines Magazine

Also at Darbar Festival 2018

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-Food-

Each of the venues for the Darbar Festival has a variety of restaurants and bars and cafes where you can meet up with friends before or after concerts. 

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-Yogabliss-

Back by popular demand are our 60 minute hatha yoga classes set to classical Indian music for Darbar Festival goers and members of the public. These classes are done to live music so are extra special. Come along to gently stretch, bend, twist and still your mind in these fun, easy going classes which are open to all levels. Advance booking essential. 

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-Talks-

We think that it's important for you to get a chance to understand more about Indian classical arts through hearing artists talk about their music. Sign up for talks and in-conversation sessions at the Darbar Festival. 

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-Indian Music Course-

The essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music. This highly popular course aims to demystify the traditions and practices that are central to this most ancient of classical musical tradition. Whilst aimed at complete beginners, it's also useful for those with some knowledge of Indian or European classical music. The course includes Hindustani and Carnatic traditions, raga and tala theory and cover the evolution of this genre from its origins in 12th Century India to the present day. Sessions include demonstrations by musicians. 

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Founded in 2006, Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust (Darbar) believes in the power of Indian classical arts to stir, thrill and inspire. Through digital connectivity, shared experiences and enrichment we ensure that one of the finest art forms reaches the widest possible audience.

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