Director's Cut

Director's Cut

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  • Rimpa Shiv | Director's Cut

    Rimpa Siva was a child prodigy, an amazing talent who defied gender roles to become a role model of the tabla at a young age. Siva was all of 5 when she listened to her father, Swapan Siva, teaching all the boys who came to their residence to learn this art. He had initially expected his daughter...

  • 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-...

  • Indrani Mukherjee | Director's cut

    Indrani Mukherjee is a vocalist from Kolkata, who performs khayal in the Kirana-Rampur style and thumri in Purab Ang (The Purab Ang thumri which flourished in the eastern regions of North India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, is characterised by grace, tenderness and delicate tonal embe...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pandit Prem Kumar Mallick | Director's Cut

    Demonstrating a striking balance between melody and rhythm, Pandit Prem Kumar Mallick and his son Prashant Mallick present ragas Shudh Sarang and Bhimpalasi from the dhrupad tradition of the Darbhanga gharana. The gharana is based on the Gauhar vani syllable, representing pure melody and spontane...

  • Surdarshan Chana | Director's Cut

    Surdarshan Chana’s tabla solo is sublime and shows varied textures and moods – a reflection of the artist’s years of exposure to authentic Punjab and Benares baaj and his experience as a cross-over artist performing with various genres. But despite the occasional deviation in his career from trad...

  • Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar | Director's Cut

    In a delightful play of sound and silence, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar brings out the true essence of dhrupad in this recital spanning 2 hours. In contemporary times, festivals and venues cower under time constraints, curtailing long, meditative presentations as these into short ones.

    However, Darbar...

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Director's Cut

    Dr. Srikanth is deft in both the Carnatic and Western forms and well-known for her ability to bridge the two genres elegantly. Her intense melodic improvisations coupled with succinct sense of rhythms makes her one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation. With the extraordinarily warm ...

  • Parveen Sultana | Director's Cut

    From the Darbar’s chest of priceless concerts, this performance of Begum Sultana will remain as the most invaluable treasure of all. Conventionally, as the senior-most and the most coveted artist, she was lined-up as the final performer of 2007, bringing the 3-day festival to a grand conclusion.
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  • Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar | Director's Cut

    Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar is a connoisseur’s delight, a musician who paves new highways into a raga each time he goes on stage. This Director’s Cut concert of Kashalkar comes with an added delight – Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, bringing all the excitement and groove on the tabla.

    Pandit Kashalkar unfur...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Director's Cut

    Mysore A Chandan combines skill and maturity in this evocative performance from the Darbar festival 2007. Accompanying him are Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth (violin), Neyveli Venkatesh (mridangam) and RN Prakash (ghatam). Chandan’s lucid way of communicating with his listeners before he performs each piec...

  • Percussion Masters | Director's Cut

    In this enthralling performance, four amazing percussionists, all soloists in their own right, will take you on a breath-taking journey. Brought together as an ensemble by Talwalkar, the concert is an unpretentious tribute to Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee in whose memory the Darbar Festival was sta...

  • Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee | Full Concert

    This performance surpasses all and perches itself on the top layer of Darbar’s presentations because of the uncompromising way Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee immerses himself into the awakening of the ragas’ emotions and the way he delivers them as a representative of the Etawah Gharana.

    In what is...

  • Abhisek Lahiri | Director's Cut

    Instead of following one gharana, young musicians have an open approach these days. Most of them hand-pick nuances from different styles and blend them into their presentations. Abhisek Lahiri is no exception; But what makes him special is the distinctive elegance with which he bridges three majo...

  • Arati Ankalikar Tikekar | Director's Cut

    Arati Ankalikar is a stellar vocalist who straddles classical and light music with dynamism. While she has bagged many awards in Indiaas a playback singer in Hindi cinema, her thoroughness as a classical artist is awe-inspiring to the world.

    This Director’s Cut concert is a discovery of the dep...

  • Kadri Gopalnath | Director's Cut

    Dr. Gopalnath (1949 – 2019) is an explosion of talent in the world of music – he picked up a purely western instrument when he was 15 and applied it to Carnatic music, expanding the scope of the instrument and the possibilities of the genre. From working as a sales man to becoming a genre-defying...

  • Purbayan Chatterjee | Director's Cut

    Each year for the Darbar Festival, artists travel to London, meet and spend time with each other and also interact with the Darbar team like family. As our Artistic Director puts it, one of the most exciting features of each Darbar concert is to see the entire festival’s line-up occupying the fro...

  • Pandit Suresh Talkwalker Ensemble | Director's Cut

    If you have ever attended a tabla solo concert or seen a percussion ensemble perform, it is time you dropped your existing notions. Pandit Suresh Talwalkar’s unmatched presentation of the tabla and its vast capabilities as a musical instrument will cause a paradigm shift in your perception. We ar...