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 and dance 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, 4 days at Milton Court (Barbican Centre) and; we are really pleased that dancer and choreographer, 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, come and 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.

Sandeep Virdee OBE, Artistic Director

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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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Adventures in Odissi and Kathak

Sujata Mohapatra and Gauri Diwakar

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

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In Conversation with Akram Khan: Contemporary to Classical

Akram Khan talks to Alistair Spalding CEO of Sadler's Wells

Fri 23 November, 06:00 PM, Rosebery Room

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An evening of Bharatanatyam

Renjith Babu and Neha Mondal Chakravarty

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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An evening of Bharatanatyam

Renjith Babu and Neha Mondal Chakravarty

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

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Abhinaya Improvisation with Mavin Khoo

Sun 25 November, 05:00 PM, Sadler's Wells

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In Conversation with Akram Khan: Contemporary to Classical

Fri 23 November, 06:00 PM, Rosebery Room

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Abhinaya Improvisation with Mavin Khoo

Sun 25 November, 05:00 PM, Sadler's Wells

“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, bars and cafes where you can meet up with friends for a snack or meal before or after concerts. 

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-Yogabliss-

Our 60 minute hatha yoga classes are set to classical Indian music for Darbar Festival goers and members of the public. These classes are done to live Indian classical 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 work. 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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About Darbar:

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.

Darbar delivers premium quality live events, music education, broadcasts and digital engagement through artistic innovation and creative technology. We are also committed to providing a platform for new talent from the UK and India.

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