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  • Patri Satish Kumar | Adi Talam

    Mridangam maestro Patri Satish Kumar plays unaccompanied on Mahabalipuram beach in Tamil Nadu, substituting a tanpura for sound of the waves.

    Patri Satish Kumar is one of India’s leading mridangam players, known for fine dynamic control and architectural solo phrasings. First inducted into musi...

  • Pandit Kedar Bodas | Raag Gauri

    A special rendering of Raag Gauri and accompanied by Dattatray Bhave (tabla) and Leeladhar Chakradev (harmonium). Bodas is a khayal vocalist, singing in the Gwalior gharana style. His father Narayanrao Bodas was a famous singer and Marathi stage-actor, and passed his love of music onto his son. K...

  • D Srinivas | Raga Sriranjani

    D Srinivas is one of the finest unplugged carnatic veena exponents in India. He performs a short piece at a farmhouse in Mulshi, India. Renowned for his speed and mathematical approach to Carnatic classical music, he continues to tour and teach, constantly developing his style. He studied in the ...

  • Kamal Sabri | Raag Piloo

    Kamal Sabri demonstrates the sarangi, a bowed instrument from North India renowned for its ability to capture the expressive flexibility of the human voice.

    Kamal Sabri carries his family’s musical tradition forward to a seventh generation. He absorbed the rich Senia sarangi gharana from his fat...

  • Bharat Sundar | Tillana in Raga Behag

    Young Carnatic vocalist Bharat Sundar sings Behag, a raga imported from Hindustani Music. It is popular for tukda (‘little pieces’) and other lighter songs.

    Bharat Sundar is a young Carnatic vocalist. He first studied under Gayathri Mahesh, and became the first winner of Jaya TV’s Carnatic Music...

  • Dhruv Bedi | Raag Shudh Kalyan

    Young sitarist Dhruv Bedi plays the early night-time raga Shudh Kalyan, a blend of Bhupali and Yaman. Dhruv studies under Imdadkhani maestro Budhaditya Mukherjee.

    Bedi is one of India’s most promising young sitarists. The son of sitar and surbahar exponent Jagdeep Singh Bedi, he also receives tr...

  • Jayanth Ambedkar | Raga Kapi

    Jayanth Ambedkar plays raga Kapi on the bansuri flute in South India.

    "I started formal training with my grandfather at the age of 5. By then I had already picked up a few varnams like Ninnukori (Mohanam) and Evvari Bodhana (Abhogi). I remember practising the Mohanam varnam in a loop to get it a...

  • Pandit Ram Kumar and Samit Mallick | Raag Bhimpalasi

    It is said that the ancestors of the Mallick family, Darbhanga court musicians, once ended a drought in the area through singing the rain-bringing Raag Megh.

    Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick are leading exponents of the Darbhanga dhrupad court music tradition, named for a former state near the ...

  • Dhruv Bedi | Raag Bhimpalasi

    Dhruv Bedi is one of India’s most promising young sitarists. The son of sitar and surbahar exponent Jagdeep Singh Bedi, he also receives training from Budhaditya Mukherjee in the traditional guru-shishya style. He is renowned for his natural ability at capturing gayaki ang [singing style], and al...

  • Shashank Subramanyan | Raag Ahir Bhairav

    A special performance against the Bay of Bengal beach, Shashank perfoms Raag Ahir Bhairav. Born to a biochemist father in the extraordinarily musical village of Rudrapatna, Shashank Subramanyam started learning early in life. He mastered all 72 Melakarta scales by the age of two-and-a-half, promp...

  • Mita Nag | Raag Suha Kanada

    Filmed on location at Singur, West Bengal, Mita Nag performs Suha Kanada. Nag is the sixth generation of sitarists in her family - a lineage including Manilal Nag (her father) and Gokul Nag (her grandfather). She hails from the Bishnupur gharana, a dhrupad-influenced tradition of Bengal, and is k...

  • Ramakant Gaikwad | Raag Bageshree

    Ramakant Gaikwad calls out across the Maharashtra plains as if to an unseen companion, using Bageshree to alternate between optimism and introspection

    Ramakant Gaikwad is a promising young khayal singer who fuses the Kirana and Patiala gharanas. He started learning aged 4 at his father’s music s...

  • Indrani Mukherjee | Raag Todi

    Indrani Mukherjee sings the morning Raag Todi amongst the lush setting of The Rajbari Bawali near Kolkata. Mukherjee is from the Kirana-Rampur style and thumri in Purab Ang. After training in the family she studied under gurus from Allahabad and Benares, and was selected as a scholar of the ITC ...

  • Shashank Subramanyan | Raga Charukeshi

    Shashank Subramanyam substitutes a tanpura for the sounds of the ocean for an outdoor take of Raga Charukeshi.

    Born to a biochemist father in the extraordinarily musical village of Rudrapatna, Shashank Subramanyam started learning early in life. He mastered all 72 Melakarta scales by the age of...

  • Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee | Raag Mian Ki Malhar

    Sitar maestro Budhaditya Mukherjee’s spectacular rendition of the rain-bringing Raag Mian Ki Malhar, live from an Indian thunderstorm.

    Darbar doesn't usually share what goes on behind the scenes of our shoots, but on this occasion the events that we witnessed were too spectacular to keep to our...

  • Jayanth Flute | Raga Sindhu Bhairavi

    Set amongst the stunning Tiger Caves said to have been built in the 8th century AD, Jayanth plays Sindhu Bhairavi. As a child his grandmother V.S. Sundar gave him a grounding in Carnatic vocal music, and his grandfather T.S. Sankaran taught him the venu (bamboo flute). Over the years he developed...

  • Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee | Raag Todi

    A stunning rendering of morning Raag Todi set in the ground of The Rajbari Bawali near Kolkata. Mukherjee is revered for his extraordinary command of the sitar and surbahar - at age 22 veena maestro S Balachander described him as the ‘sitar artist of the century’. He first started learning from h...

  • Kaushiki Chakraborty | Raag Jaunpuri

    Kaushiki sings the evocative Raag Jaunpuri in the Kolkata botanic gardens at sunrise for an exclusive Darbar on location shoot. Despite being bitten by mosquitos her focus remained unwavered as she meanders through the alaap to the bandish. During the recording a crowd of regular walkers and runn...

  • Jayateerth Mevundi | Raag Brindavani Sarang

    Filmed as a farmhouse in Mulshi, Mevundi sings as the rain falls Raag Brindavani Sarang. Accompanying is Dhattatray Bhave (tabla) and Leeladhar Chakradev (harmonium). Born in Hubli, his initial training began at home, informally singing bhajans and other devotional music. He recounts that “there ...

  • Pelva Naik | Raag Maru

    Set against the sunset over Lake Mulshi in Maharashtra, Pelva Naik sings Raag Maru which is considered as a Raāgputra of Malkauns but opinions differ among scholars. It's not sung much being too similar to Yaman and also Maru Behag being more popular. The notes go- Sa Ga ma (sharp) pa ni sa. Sa ...

  • Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick | Raag Multani

    Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick are leading exponents of the Darbhanga dhrupad court music tradition, named for a former state near the Nepalese border. It is said that their ancestors once ended a drought in the area through singing the rain-bringing Raag Megh, and the family still live on lan...

  • Jayateerth Mevundi | Raag Bhatiar

    Early morning in spring Jayateerth Mevundi borrows one of the Darbar teams jumpers as it is too cold to sing. He warms up and goes straight into Raag Bhatiar. Mevundi is one of the Kirana gharana’s leading vocalists. Born in Hubli, his initial training began at home, informally singing bhajans an...

  • Shashank Subramanyan | Raga Sarasangi

    As the sun rises over the ocean waves, maestro Shashank Subramanyan performs a meditative and sublime awakening of Raga Sarasangi - a total immersion in nature and just how music should be experienced.

    Born to a biochemist father in the extraordinarily musical village of Rudrapatna, Shashank Su...

  • Sahana Banerjee | Raag Yaman

    Sahana Banerjee explores Raag Yaman in this 8 minute 44 second presentation of Darbar’s On Location series. Sahana Banerjee is an exponent of the Rampur Senia Gharana and has learned Sitar from her father, Pt. Santosh Banerjee who held an important position as faculty at the Ravindra Bharati Uni...