Darbar Festival 2023 Finished

Welcome to Darbar Festival 2023 – An unparalleled celebration of Indian classical music
26-29 October at the Barbican Centre


I am absolutely delighted to share the programme for the 2023 Darbar Festival with you. 

In its 18th year, the Darbar Festival returns to the Barbican Centre, with a magical mix of emerging raw young talent, master performers making their UK debut performances as well as world class legends, maestros and maestras. 
Darbar was set up in memory of Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, an inspirational tabla player and teacher, and the Darbar Festival continues to be the perfect place to discover, in his legacy, an enchanting world of melody and rhythm. 
The DNA of Indian classical music is rooted in nature - ragas and talas are closely associated with animals, birds, weather and seasons, delivering a wholesome and holistic experience to enhance one’s wellbeing. Let Darbar take you on a journey to lose yourself in the music, and, in so doing, find yourself once again.  
As well as a chance to indulge your senses in this emotive music, this year we are broadening our wellbeing sessions which will include yoga with live music; breathwork; sacred sound bath as well as mantra and guided meditation sessions. Our ever-popular Indian music appreciation course, which will leave you with a nuanced appreciation of the art form. And finally, back by popular demand is our highly successful Pop-Up Market featuring small independent culturally diverse businesses. Stock up early for Diwali and Christmas presents!
Visit darbar.org for more details and explore the finest Indian classical music festival right here in London. 

Sandeep Virdee OBE
Artistic Director
Darbar Arts Culture and Heritage Trust


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