SitarFest

18-20 September 2020

Called 'the godfather of world music' by George Harrison, the influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar was revered in his homeland and credited with bringing the sounds of the Indian raga to the West. He collaborated with artists and composers including Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin and John Coltrane. His own works married musical traditions of East and West. 

The centenary of the birth of the seminal musician is marked throughout 2020 in a series of concerts and events curated by Southbank Centre. As part of this series Darbar has curated SitarFest to bring 3 of the finest women sitar players in the world with a special talk with Pandit Ravi Shankar's wife, Sukanya who gives a candid insight into his unique life. 

 

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SitarFest: Mita Nag & Surdarshan Chana

Mita Nag and Surdarshan Chana

Sat 19 September, 07:45 PM, Purcell Room

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SitarFest: Roopa Panesar & Shahbaz Hussain

Sun 20 September, 06:00 PM, Purcell Room

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SitarFest: Anupama Bhagwat & Gurdain Rayatt

Anupama Bhagwat and Gurdain Rayatt

Fri 18 September, 07:45 PM, Southbank Centre

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SitarFest: Mita Nag & Surdarshan Chana

Mita Nag and Surdarshan Chana

Sat 19 September, 07:45 PM, Purcell Room

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SitarFest: Anupama Bhagwat & Gurdain Rayatt

Anupama Bhagwat and Gurdain Rayatt

Fri 18 September, 07:45 PM, Southbank Centre

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SitarFest: In Conversation with Sukanya Shankar

Sun 20 September, 01:00 PM, Purcell Room

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SitarFest: Roopa Panesar & Shahbaz Hussain

Sun 20 September, 06:00 PM, Purcell Room

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SitarFest: In Conversation with Sukanya Shankar

Sun 20 September, 01:00 PM, Purcell Room

The music that I have learned and want to give is like worshipping God. It's absolutely like a prayer.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Also at SitarFest

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-Visiting Southbank Centre-

Beside the River Thames, the South Bank is a dynamic area at the heart of London’s cultural scene. The Southbank Centre, National Theatre, and BFI film theatre are all world-class arts venues. The riverside walkway is lined with trees, restaurants and historic pubs, and is the site of frequent fairs and events. 

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-Restaurants & cafe's-

Cafes, restaurants & bars - Eating and drinking at Southbank Centre could leave you with one serious problem: there's just so much to choose from, how will you decide?

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-Talks-

Don’t miss this special In-conversation with the late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife, Sukanya, who provides a candid insight into one of the world’s great music legends.

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-Shankar 100-

The Shankar family, friends and disciples celebrate 100 years since Ravi Shankar's birth. Called 'the godfather of world music' by George Harrison, the influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar was revered in his homeland and credited with bringing the sounds of the Indian raga to the West. 

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