We are thrilled that this is Darbar Fringe’s third year. Our urban, contemporary and classical festival celebrates the cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent and explores the many creative influences generated by our shared and evolving history. At Darbar Fringe, we just want to celebrate music for what it is. We want to break away from pigeonholing and acknowledge our interconnectedness
Founded in memory of Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, an inspirational tabla player and teacher, Darbar Festival is now in its sixteenth year and returns to the Barbican following a digital edition in 2020, with more ground-breaking concerts and performances featuring world class legends, maestros and maestras and the very best of UK talent.
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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