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Akram Khan interview: 'Indian dancers place themselves in the shoes of gods and mortals'

The trailblazing choreographer discusses how classicism can be experimental in the context of curating for Darbar. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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11 May 2019

North Indian classical dance styles: Kathak, temples, and royal courts

Unlike many other classical traditions, India's ancient treatises on classical music have always cited dance as an integral part of music rather than a separate (or merely related) activity.

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11 May 2019

South Indian classical dance styles: Bharatanatyam and more

Unlike many other classical traditions, India's ancient treatises on classical music have always cited dance as an integral part of music rather than a separate (or related) activity.

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New to Indian Music

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

Hindustani

The Sarod: From Afghanistan to Hindustani classical music

The sarod is a plucked string instrument, now as popular and predominant in North Indian classical... read more

North and South: One country, one music, two classical traditions

There are two kinds of Indian classical music, Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian),... read more

Performance format for Hindustani classical vocals: elements of a classical recital

A vocal performance of classical Indian music is ranked higher than a purely instrumental one (see... 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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