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  • Rahul Sharma | Director's Cut

    Rahul Sharma acquired the fundamentals of Hindustani classical ragas first on a harmonium. It was only after he turned 13 that he was allowed to switch to the 100-stringed santoor (Indian hammered dulcimer). He imbibed the best from his father and built upon it to create his own style. Today, he
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  • Joydeep Ghosh | Director's Cut

    During the earlier part of the 19th century, the sursingar was born in India as a modified version of the seniya rebab. The moisture-laden air of the intense Indian monsoons affected the gut strings and membrane-covered sound-box of the seniya rebab, taking away the crispness of its sound. Therea...

  • Pandit Ronu Majumdar | Director's Cut

    In this video, the versatile flute exponent Ronu Majumdar, widely known for his lively and engaging renditions in classical and cross-over music, presents a bouquet of breath-taking ragas on the bansuri (bamboo flute). Accompanying him on the tabla is Pandit Subhankar Banerjee who delves soulfull...

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma | Director's Cut

    Each raga evokes a definite emotion or rasa, but according to Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, this concept is relative. He states that the emotions of a raga are subject to the mood, temperament and personal taste of the musician who is interpreting it. Before he begins his first item Puriya Kalyan, he ...

  • Kala Ramnath | Director's Cut

    Kala Ramnath's performance at the Darbar Festival 2019

    Music Peices:
    Raag Jogkauns
    Raag Tilak Kamod
    Raag Bhairavi

    Musicians:
    Kala Ramnath (violin)
    Yogesh Samsi (tabla)
    Srutti Suresan (tanpura)

  • Sudha Ragunathan | Director's Cut

    Sudha Ragunathan's performance from the Darbar Festival 2019

    Music Pieces:
    Daru Varnam in Raga Vasuntha
    Virtam in Raga Varali
    Kriti in Raga Kalyani by Saint Thyagaraja
    Ragam Thanam Pallavi in Raga Madimavati
    Killikani in Raga Senjuruthi
    Tillana in Raga Brindanavi by Dr M Balamuralikrishna

    Musi...

  • Ken Zuckerman | Director's Cut

    Ken Zuckerman's performance at the Darbar Festival 2021

    Music Peices:
    Raag Kaushi Kanara
    Raag Chandranandan
    Raag Gorakh Kalyan
    Raag Sindih Bhairavi

    Musicians:
    Ken Zuckerman (sarod)
    Surdarshan Chana (tabla)

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Directors Cut | Morning Concert

    In 2006, the Darbar Festival featured eminent vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty in two sessions. The first recital was a pure Hindustani classical presentation. However, the multi-talented Pandit Chakraborty comes with vast and authoritative experience in various semi-classical forms, naturally st...

  • Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar | Director's Cut

    Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar performing at the Darbar Festival 2019

  • Roopa Panesar | Director's Cut

    A decade after selling out her concert at the festival, one of the finest sitar maestras returns. Roopa Panesar performs captivating and soul-stirring ragas from the Hindustani tradition of north India, accompanied on the tabla by Shahbaz Hussain, one of the UK’s master Indian musicians. Savour t...

  • Pandit Tejendra Majumdar | Director's Cut

    Hailing from the Senia-Maihar gharana, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar fuses gayaki (lyrical vocal imitation) with tantrakari (intricate instrumental playing) in a complex and refined style. A versatile musician who has studied under various gurus including his grandfather, Bibhuti Ranjan (mando...

  • Dr Jyotsna Srikanth | Director's Cut

    In this concert from the Darbar Festival 2021, Dr. Srikanth offers a deluge of beautiful ragas and compositions.

    Ragas:
    Raga Hamsadhvani
    Raga Darbar
    Raga Malea Marta 14:02
    Raga Nalina Kanti
    Raga Vajaspathi
    Tillana in Raga Rathipathi Puja

    Musicians:
    Dr Jyotsna Srikanth (violin)
    B C Manjunath ...

  • Sukhvinder Singh | Director's Cut

    In this enthralling performance, the amazing percussionist Sukhvinder Singh will take you on a breathtaking journey. We hope you enjoy his presentation recorded at the Darbar Festival 2021.

    Musicians:
    Sukhvinder Singh (tabla)
    Milind Kulkarni (harmonium)

  • Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande | Director's Cut

    Raag Khem Kalyan is a variant of Yaman Kalyan. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande describes it as “Yaman Kalyan with a twist”. She sings a brief alap and then the vilambit bandish which is set to taal Addha – a variant of Teental. She offers a similar description for Addha, calling it “Teental with a twist....

  • Pandit Vinayak Torvi | Director's Cut

    Located in the north-western part of south-west India, Dharwad emanates the rich essence of a culturally fertile past. Pandit Vinayak Torvi comes from Ranebennur in the Dharwad belt – a territory that was home to some of the greatest Hindustani classical vocalists like Mallikarjun Mansur and Pand...

  • Abhishek Raghuram | Director's Cut

    A pioneer of his generation, Abhishek Raghuram seeps his performances with intellect and artistry. He comes from a widely respected lineage steeped in the rich tradition of Carnatic music. Critics have lauded him as an artist who uses form and grammar to create unprecedented techniques in roller-...

  • Ken Zuckerman | Director's cut

    Ken Zuckerman gives an immaculate performance at the Darbar Festival 2007. He performs a long piece in Raag Bhimpalasi and then concludes his recital with Durgeshwari, a favourite raga of his guru – Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

    With his extraordinary talent, tenacity and musicianship, Zuckerman ha...

  • Harjinderpal Matharu | Director's Cut

    Harjinderpal Matharu's intuitive tuning and re-tuning of his santoor on stage is reflective of the years of training he has had under the legendary Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Matharu is a quiet in nature but a very well-spoken musician brimming with infectious confidence on stage. His chiseled proj...

  • Vishwa Mohan Bhatt | Director's Cut

    A Grammy Award winner and the inventor of his own instrument mohan veena (a variant of the slide guitar), Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s magnificent rendition of raag Gauti and another composition of his own concludes the second evening of the Darbar festival 2007.

    With tender touches, he opens Ra...

  • Indrani Mukherjee | Director's Cut

    In this inspiring rendition, versatile singer Indrani Mukherjee captures vignettes of the morning raga Lalit. She is accompanied by Gurdain Rayatt on the tabla who gives her fine support with a panache that shows his mastery over both pure and semi-classical forms. Milind Kulkarni threads togethe...

  • Parveen Sultana | Director's Cut 03

    Don't miss this mind-bending performance of two ragas – Gurjari Todi and Ambika Sarang at the Darbar Festival 2007. This was the second year of Darbar’s journey as the biggest south Asian music festival in the UK. A few artists’ visas did not arrive on time and that required someone or the other ...

  • Sanju Sahai & Ravi Shankar Upadhyay | Director's Cut

    Sanju Sahai and Ravi Shankar Upadhyay give a stunning performance, merging the tabla and pakhawaj – the two fundamental percussion instruments of Hindustani Indian classical music into a spectacular duet. In a light-hearted announcement to the audience, Sahai informs that although they had never ...

  • Ustad Shahid Parvez | Director's Cut

    In this compelling rendition of Raag Mian Ki Todi, Ustad Shahid Parvez gives his most remarkable performance in a morning concert at the Darbar Festival 2007. Accompanying on the tabla is Pandit Yogesh Samsi, playing it out majestically to match the mastery of Ustad Parvez’s sitar.

    He plays a ca...

  • Hari Kumar | Director's Cut

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan holds his audiences in rapt attention in a spell-binding rendition with his 7-stringed electrified violin. Sivan performs Raag Malayamarutam, Raag Saraswati, Raag Abheri and a bhajan. He gets a resounding accompaniment by Neyveli Venkatesh on the mridangam and RN Prakash on th...