Director's Cut

Director's Cut

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  • Abhisek Lahiri | Directors Cut

    Instead of following one gharana, young musicians have an open approach these days. Most of them hand-pick nuances from different styles and blend them into their presentations. Abhisek Lahiri is no exception; But what makes him special is the distinctive elegance with which he bridges three majo...

  • Kadri Gopalnath | Director's Cut

    Dr. Gopalnath (1949 – 2019) is an explosion of talent in the world of music – he picked up a purely western instrument when he was 15 and applied it to Carnatic music, expanding the scope of the instrument and the possibilities of the genre. From working as a sales man to becoming a genre-defying...

  • Purbayan Chatterjee | Director's Cut

    Each year for the Darbar Festival, artists travel to London, meet and spend time with each other and also interact with the Darbar team like family. As our Artistic Director puts it, one of the most exciting features of each Darbar concert is to see the entire festival’s line-up occupying the fro...

  • Pandit Suresh Talkwalker Ensemble | Director's Cut

    If you have ever attended a tabla solo concert or seen a percussion ensemble perform, it is time you dropped your existing notions. Pandit Suresh Talwalkar’s unmatched presentation of the tabla and its vast capabilities as a musical instrument will cause a paradigm shift in your perception. We ar...

  • Arati Ankalikar Tikekar | Director's Cut

    Arati Ankalikar is a stellar vocalist who straddles classical and light music with dynamism. While she has bagged many awards in Indiaas a playback singer in Hindi cinema, her thoroughness as a classical artist is awe-inspiring to the world.

    This Director’s Cut concert is a discovery of the dep...

  • Gurdain Rayatt | Director's Cut

    Playing a tabla solo at the Darbar Festival was not just another concert for Gurdain Rayatt. There sat an intimidating array of artists in the front row of King’s Place, London including Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. They were all Darbar’s artist line-up for the year 2011, senior and acclaime...

  • Roopa Panesar | Director's Cut

    In this uplifting performance, we bring to you one of the finest sitar players of her generation, Roopa Panesar. Her talent gained her recognition in the UK and worldwide. Steadily, Panesar has established as one of the most accomplished sitar players with consistent, neat and soulful presentatio...

  • Uday Bhawalkar | Director's Cut

    In an inspiring rendition of Raag Bhimpalasi, Uday Bhawalkar brings the manifold facets of dhrupad alive at the Darbar Festival 2011. Bhawalkar belongs to a handful of dhrupad singers who have made this form popular and also inspired young students to take it up.

    Each year, we try to give a f...

  • Alam Khan | Directors Cut

    Alam Khan performs a deeply contemplative Bhimpalasi in this concert. Born in California, Khan learned music in the guru-shishya tradition, growing up around his father and guru, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan absorbing a lifestyle where ‘sewa’ (service) towards music is pivotal.

    He begins his concert wi...

  • P. Unnikrishnan | Director's Cut

    This Director’s Cut video features a refreshing voice from the Carnatic repertoire - P. Unnikrishnan. An artist of multiple talents, he gives a compelling performance at the Darbar Festival 2011 with some popular compositions and ragas in his remarkably dulcet and mellifluous voice.

    Unnikrishn...

  • Sameehan Kashalkar | Director's Cut

    Raag Marwa, Thaat: Marwa, Samay: sunset
    Raag Basant (seasonal raga), Thaat: Poorvi, Samay: anytime during spring

    A section of the Darbar Festival in 2011 had honoured the guru-shishya parampara as a tradition. This Director’s Cut features one of those recitals where a young and promising vocalis...

  • Malladi Brothers | Director's Cut

    There is no secret recipe for good curation; Selecting artists and lining them up for a festival takes a fair amount of intuition. But that is what excites us the most. The Malladi brothers were always on our mind and the year 2018 set stage for the right opportunity. They are one of the most pro...

  • Percussion Masters | Director's Cut

    In this enthralling performance, four amazing percussionists, all soloists in their own right, will take you on a breath-taking journey. Brought together as an ensemble by Talwalkar, the concert is an unpretentious tribute to Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee in whose memory the Darbar Festival was sta...

  • Aruna Sairam | Directors Cut

    Prepare yourself for a treat with spell binding singing from Aruna Sairam, in her first UK tour. Aruna’s concerts attract crowds that create “traffic jams around the auditorium.” Accompanying her is the prestigious talent of Patri Satish Kumar and Jyotsna Shrikanth, a musician of dynamism and fin...

  • Pandit Venkatesh Kumar | Full Concert

    A heroic rendition of power and confidence. Twilight is that fleeting part of the day which is juxtaposed between light and darkness at dawn or dusk. Dusk, also known as the “cow-dust hour” in India, is a term coined to portray a glimpse of the agricultural lifestyle in India. The tired farmer re...

  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe | Full Concert

    The late Sahasrabuddhe was a serious exponent of the Gwalior gharana sings Ahir Bhairav, Shudh Sarang, Raag Mala, Nirguni Bhajan and India’s national song the ‘Vande Mataram’, leaving many in tears at the end of her morning concert.

    Sahasrabuddhe begins Ahir Bhairav with a slow composition set...

  • Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee | Full Concert

    This performance surpasses all and perches itself on the top layer of Darbar’s presentations because of the uncompromising way Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee immerses himself into the awakening of the ragas’ emotions and the way he delivers them as a representative of the Etawah Gharana.

    In what is...

  • Jayanthi Kumaresh | Full Concert

    Pre-Vedic texts from 2000 BCE have referenced the saraswati veena as 8000 years old. It is solid, about 5 feet long and notoriously bulky weighing about 8 to 9 kilograms. Its recorded history of exponents comprises a long list and is a strongly male-dominated one.

    But Kumaresh has expelled many...

  • Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar | Full Concert

    “Have you ever closed your eyes and run your fingers over a colourful, Persian rug?” asks Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar as she describes the repertoire of combined Ragas which is typical of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. “You will be able to trace its patterns without feeling anything, even though...