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5 Sounds that Heal

Emerging research has started to support what Indian classical music has known for centuries & sounds can heal.

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12 Jul 2022

The Last Shehnai Player in Pakistan?

Ustad Abdullah Khan is the last shehnai player to play the composition of Ustad Bismillah Khan in Pakistan. Following him, the nation stands to lose not just a musician, but an identity.

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12 Jul 2022

Musical Musing by Sandeep Virdee, OBE

Darbar believe in the power of the Indian classical arts to thrill, stir and inspire a global audience. But what does that mean, in praxis?

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12 Jul 2022

Rasa and Bhava: An explainer guide

Could Rasa and Bhava be the bedrock of modern-day Psychology? And how does music lead to religious enlightenment?

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17 Jun 2022

Musical Musing by Sandeep Virdee, OBE

Indian classical music and wellbeing

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21 May 2022

Goddess Saraswati in Modern-Day India

Goddess Saraswati in Modern-Day India

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7 May 2022

Interview with our Artistic Director: What exactly is Darbar Fringe?

Darbar Fringe Festival is Leicester's summer music festival which brings urban, contemporary and classical genres together to celebrate the ability of music to bring out the best in humanity.

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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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11 May 2019

Guru-Shishya Parampara: Master and disciple, knowledge through surrender

Indian classical music is largely a hereditary tradition, generally taught in a pedagogical fashion and handed down from father to son. Since Indian music is rarely written down, watching and listening to the teacher - or guru...

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11 May 2019

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 is closer to the English words 'essence', 'flavour', or even 'self-luminosity'.

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11 May 2019

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 the annals of West-meets-Indian-music history:

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11 May 2019

What is Prahar? Time theory in Indian Classical Music

Apart from musical content and the esoteric concept of rasa ('juice, essence, flavour') Indian classical raags (melodic structures) are also assigned to particular times of day or night to maximise their emotional impact on the listener.

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11 May 2019

What is Raga? More than a tune, more than melody

The lifeblood of all Indian classical music, whether Hindustani (North Indian) or Carnatic (South Indian), is the concept of raag (in English, spelt and pronounced 'raga'; after its Sanskrit form - although in modern North Indian languages...

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11 May 2019

What is Tala? Beyond just rhythm and providing a beat

Rhythm is the arrangement of time in all music, and is thought to be older and more fundamental than melody. All melody has a time dimension, and so incorporates rhythm irrespective of whether or not it is actually played on a percussion instrument

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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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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

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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