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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

Meeta Pandit interview: 'My grandfather never allowed any student to copy him'

The Gwalior khayal star discusses religious tolerance, changing teaching styles, and her recent book. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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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

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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9 Sep 2019

Pandit Sanju Sahai interview: My ancestors retreated to the jungle with their tabla'

The Benares tabla maestro discusses jazz, turning down the Sugababes, and the links between rhythm and food. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Begum Parveen Sultana interview: ‘Each raga is a mirror of all Hindustani music'

The Patiala khayal superstar discusses her unique cultural heritage, the power of physical expression, and how to lose yourself in the divine. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya interview: ‘Art will always claim surrendered lovers to itself'

The Hindustani slide guitar pioneer discusses instrument creation and the hidden harmony in ragas. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Pandit Rupak Kulkarni interview: 'The only thing you need is to be in tune internally'

The bansuri master discusses therapeutic music, life with his guru Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and the primal nature of the flute. 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

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

Singing sculptures: India’s curious musical instruments

Exploring ten strange, beautiful instruments from India's classical traditions. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Exploring Raag Malkauns: 'He who wears serpents like garlands'

Breaking down the origins and shapes of Raag Malkauns, an auspicious form with dark, divine origins. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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9 Sep 2019

Seven Days of Santoor: A primer on Hindustani music’s hundred-stringed box

The santoor's icy sparkle is a comparative newcomer to Indian classical music. Here's a seven-part primer on this captivating instrument. 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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