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The Last Shehnai Player in Pakistan?

Ustad Abdullah Khan is the last shehnai player to play the composition of Ustad Bismillah Khan in Pakistan. Following him, the nation stands to lose not just a musician, but an identity.

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12 Jul 2022

Rasa and Bhava: An explainer guide

Could Rasa and Bhava be the bedrock of modern-day Psychology? And how does music lead to religious enlightenment?

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12 Jul 2022

Musical Musing by Sandeep Virdee, OBE

Darbar believe in the power of the Indian classical arts to thrill, stir and inspire a global audience. But what does that mean, in praxis?

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30 Jun 2022

In conversation with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Interview with Rahat faith Ali Khan

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24 Jun 2022

Nine nights of joy

The ancient Hindu festival of Navratri celebrates the female form in all its avatars.

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22 Jun 2022

How classical music impacts your body's energy centres

Classical music can uplift your mind, body and spirit—Indians believe it constitutes the ascent to divinity itself.

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17 Jun 2022

Musical Musing by Sandeep Virdee, OBE

Indian classical music and wellbeing

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16 Jun 2022

The Commodification of Ishq

The Arabic word Ishq means love or passion.

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26 May 2022

Remembering Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

In the centuries-old tradition of Indian classical music, few living legends can claim to have single-handedly made history. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was one of those few.

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21 May 2022

Goddess Saraswati in Modern-Day India

Goddess Saraswati in Modern-Day India

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7 May 2022

Interview with our Artistic Director: What exactly is Darbar Fringe?

Darbar Fringe Festival is Leicester's summer music festival which brings urban, contemporary and classical genres together to celebrate the ability of music to bring out the best in humanity.

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29 Jan 2022

The Namaste Mindset

This new year, a new you comes from accepting the old one

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22 Jan 2022

Child Prodigies in Indian Classical Music

Is lost youth the cost of venerating young talent?

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28 Sep 2021

How to attend an Indian Classical Music Concert Safely and Ethically

The live music industry has been one of the hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions ease and the world reopens, here’s what you need to know about attending an Indian classical music concert safely and...

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The Namaste Mindset

This new year, a new you comes from accepting the old one read more

Musical Musing by Sandeep Virdee, OBE

Indian classical music and wellbeing read more

How classical music impacts your body's energy centres

Classical music can uplift your mind, body and spirit—Indians believe it constitutes the ascent... read more

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Guru-Shishya Parampara: Master and disciple, knowledge through surrender

Indian classical music is largely a hereditary tradition, generally taught in a pedagogical fashion... read more

What is Rasa? The 'essence' or 'juice' - a flowing nectar of emotional experience

Rasa (also spelt ras) is the word for 'juice' in many Indian languages. In a musical sense its meaning... read more

Why do Indian musicians tune their instruments in front of the audience?

One famous story of an Indian musician tuning before his audience has now taken a permanent place in... read more

New to indian Classical Music?

The beginner's guide to Indian classical music. Whether you’re completely new to raga music or just need a refresher, we’ve put together this brief overview of all things raga music to help you feel at ease when visiting one of our concerts or watch our videos on our YouTube or our Darbar Concert Hall.

 

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