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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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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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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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18 Jun 2019

Debasmita Bhattacharya interview: 'It feels like nature is summoning you to play'

The young Bengali sarod star discusses inspiration from nature, music and gender, and the illusory nature of raga. 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

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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

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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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