Darbar TV Season 2

Darbar TV Season 2

10 Episodes

Darbar Festival 2009 season 2 TV programmes featuring Aruna Sairam (Carnatic vocal), Shashank Subramanyan & Purbayan Chatterjee (Bansuri and Sitar), Ganesh & Kumaresh (Carnatic violin), Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande (Khayal vocal), Tejendra Majumdar (sarod), Rupak Kulkarni (Bansuri), Somjit Das Gupta (Rabaab), Wasifuddin Dagar (Dhrupad vocal) and a Carnatic Ensemble.

Darbar TV Season 2
  • S2 EP1 Shashank & Purbayan Chatterjee

    Episode 1

    Two maestros weave the sounds of the sitar and bansuri through Raag Nat Bhairav and its south Indian counterpart Ragam Sarasangi. Slowly narrating from the alaap to jor and gat, they build up an exciting musical conversation that is not just electric but also joyfully complementary. They are acco...

  • S2 EP2 Pandit Tejendra Majumdar

    Episode 2

    An inspired alaap, jor and jhalla rendering of the heavy weight midnight Raag Darbari Kanada is followed by a composition in dhamaar taal, a 14 beat cycle where Pandit Kumar Bose brings the taal alive through his Benaras gharana open style of playing. The performance is brought alive by the music...

  • S2 EP3 Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

    Episode 3

    Deshpande sings Raag Vibhavati in this concert, followed by Aliya Bilawal and a Kabir Bhajan. The meends of the upper-octave dominant Vibhavati are delivered with astounding clarity followed by a deeply soulful Aliya Bilawal. Her elaboration of the Ragas with bol-ang (lyric-centric) improvisation...

  • S2 EP4 Ganesh & Kumaresh

    Episode 4

    In a captivating and soulful duet, the violin brothers perform Abheri with profound deftness and powerful camaraderie. Their alapana is grounded, building an electric tanam with stunning percussive innovations on the violin. The pallavi is detailed with improvisations revealing diverse dimensions...

  • S2 EP5 Aruna Sairam

    Episode 5

    Music can be an extension to one’s personality; Aruna Sairam’s gleeful performance of Shanmukhapriya is a clear projection of her endearing tone of voice and her instant ability to make you feel at ease in a conversation. In this concert, Sairam also points out the key differences between a Hindu...

  • S2 EP6 Harmeet Virdee

    Episode 6

    Virdee is the son of Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee in who’s memory, his brother Sandeep Virdee OBE is the founder of the Darbar Festival. Virdee brings in a breath of fresh air with his choice of Ahiri, a Carnatic raga, which he plays in pure Hindustani style. He plays a heartfelt alap, skilfully e...

  • S2 EP7 Rupak Kulkarni

    Episode 7

    Kulkarni’s methodical exposition of Bhimpalasi is exceptional and haunting. He layers the alap, jod and jhala with intricate bends and finesse, concluding with Tilang which is packed with sweet microtonal nuances of the raga. In a short and sweet conversation, he also explains how the bamboo flut...

  • S2 EP8 Ustad Wasiffudin Dagar

    Episode 8

    Dagar immerses himself in Khamboji, developing the jor and jhala with from delicate to monumental gamaks highlighting each note precisely and with profundity. In this episode, he also shares his experiences on guru-shishya parampara and dhrupad nuances in a short interview. This is followed by a ...

  • S2 EP9 Somjit Dasgupta & Sukhwinder Singh

    Episode 9

    Das Gupta plays a 300-year-old dhrupadi rabaab which is part of his vast collection of Afghani musical instruments. He elaborates Kafi, creating a nostalgic mood. The gravelly undertones of the instrument is magical and transports one away to the rugged landscapes of the middle-east. Sukhvinder ...

  • S2 EP10 Carnatic Ensemble

    Episode 10

    A surprise is in store for you, for a group of six young UK-based musicians give the liveliest performance of Carnatic compositions. The melodic progressions are elaborated with vocal finesse mixing instrumentation from both North and South India, backed by a dynamic dual-drum line-up of tabla an...