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Our Mission

We at Darbar Arts Culture & Heritage Trust (Darbar)
believe that Indian classical music and dance are one of the world’s
greatest art forms and has the power to transform and transport the listener.

Indian classical music has evolved over thousands of years. It is built on improvisation,
a holistic raga (a set of notes performed in a melodic way) system and an intricate
mathematical flow making it unique. At its very core are the spiritual traditions of India,
giving it a depth which transcends many other genres of music. Put simply it stirs the soul.

Our work focuses on:

1. Quality live events

Our flagship live event is the annual Darbar Festival in London. Audiences can immerse themselves in concerts, talks, demonstration workshops, a music appreciation course and yoga set to live music. This is classical Indian music at its most authentic.

2. Inspiring new generations through education

Working with the Leicestershire Music Hub we deliver Indian music lessons in primary schools. We support the professional development of UK based emerging artists and run an Indian classical music appreciation course to help de-mystify the genre.

3. Reaching new audiences through digital platforms

Using cutting edge technology we produce high quality video for our subscription based portal, The Darbar Concert Hall. Our festivals have also been broadcast on Sky Arts TV and BBC Radio 3.


4. Sustainable growth

Though small, we punch above our weight. We aim, however, to grow in a sustainable way whilst responding to audience needs. We are committed to improving the quality of our work, responding to the challenges we face. Our world is inter-connected and interdependent and our work aspire to always be environmentally responsible. 

Festival 2021

16-24 October, Barbican Centre

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