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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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31 Aug 2021

The cornerstone of Darbar: Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee Ji

This longform piece into the depths of Darbar's origins represents the vibrant life history of the man behind it all.

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31 Aug 2021

Remembering Pandit Subhankar Banerjee

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, tabla maestro Pandit Subhankar Banerjee left this world after a grueling, drawn out battle against COVID-19.

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17 Nov 2019

Darbar’s 'VR360' Festival brings Indian classical music into the realm of virtual reality

VR360 Festival | Darbar brings Indian classical music into the realm of virtual reality. We see VR as a way of bringing global listeners closer to the roots of these great art forms - in nature, and...

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12 Sep 2019

Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

Welcome to Living Traditions - a new written collection by Darbar's George Howlett, exploring how music with ancient roots is adapting to a fast-paced, interconnected modern world. Expand your appreciation through 21 different perspectives!

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9 Sep 2019

Ustad Shahid Parvez interview: 'What you play spontaneously should be perfect'

The sitar genius discusses musical purity, hyper-discipline, and following the green light when improvising. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Exploring Raag Chandranandan: modern creations, metaphysics of raga

Raag Chandranandan ('Moonstruck') is a modern classic. What does its curious tale tell us about the nature of the form? By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Ustad Bahauddin Dagar interview: 'Dhrupad - flourishing branches, dwindling roots?'

The rudra veena maestro discusses Dhrupad's curious modern context following his landmark solo performance at the Purcell Room. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

The power of threes: Hindustani rhythm's tihai resolutions

Examining why patterns of three have such a distinctive power to tell concise stories in music, art, and literature - and tabla. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

How your favourite genres chime with Indian classical music

Discover Indian classical music via styles you like - this article builds sonic bridges to rock, jazz, jungle, hip-hop, house, and more. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Dr. Trichy Sankaran interview: ‘For every rhythm there is a counter-rhythm’

The Mridangam maestro discusses cross-cultural teaching, the rhythms of the ocean, and the future of Carnatic percussion. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

In-depth Carnatic Primer: South India’s mellifluous, mathematical music

Carnatic music's wealth of powerful, highly developed ideas deserves far more global attention. Here's an in-depth South Indian primer. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande interview: ‘I want the raga to befriend me too'

The Jaipur-Atrauli vocalist talks ragas from the past, rhythms as warrior-heroes, and the limits of approaching music scientifically. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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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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