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Nine nights of joy

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

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9 Sep 2019

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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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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