Director's Cut

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  • Roopa Panesar | Director's Cut

    In this uplifting performance, we bring to you one of the finest sitar players of her generation, Roopa Panesar. Her talent gained her recognition in the UK and worldwide. Steadily, Panesar has established as one of the most accomplished sitar players with consistent, neat and soulful presentatio...

  • Gurdain Rayatt | Director's Cut

    Playing a tabla solo at the Darbar Festival was not just another concert for Gurdain Rayatt. There sat an intimidating array of artists in the front row of King’s Place, London including Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. They were all Darbar’s artist line-up for the year 2011, senior and acclaime...

  • Uday Bhawalkar | Director's Cut

    In an inspiring rendition of Raag Bhimpalasi, Uday Bhawalkar brings the manifold facets of dhrupad alive at the Darbar Festival 2011. Bhawalkar belongs to a handful of dhrupad singers who have made this form popular and also inspired young students to take it up.

    Each year, we try to give a f...

  • Alam Khan | Directors Cut

    Alam Khan performs a deeply contemplative Bhimpalasi in this concert. Born in California, Khan learned music in the guru-shishya tradition, growing up around his father and guru, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan absorbing a lifestyle where ‘sewa’ (service) towards music is pivotal.

    He begins his concert wi...

  • P. Unnikrishnan | Director's Cut

    This Director’s Cut video features a refreshing voice from the Carnatic repertoire - P. Unnikrishnan. An artist of multiple talents, he gives a compelling performance at the Darbar Festival 2011 with some popular compositions and ragas in his remarkably dulcet and mellifluous voice.

    Unnikrishn...

  • Sameehan Kashalkar | Director's Cut

    The tradition of guru-shishya parampara is still applicable to Indian classical music. Although an ancient practice, musicians still prefer learning in this system. In 2011, Darbar presented a series of concerts as a tribute to this tradition that has been carried forth by many musicians’ familie...

  • Malladi Brothers | Director's Cut

    Curating artists for a festival take a fair amount of intuition but that is what excites us the most. In 2018, we presented the Malladi brothers who have consistently wowed audiences for years.

    The stellar combination of Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (violin), Trichy Sankaran (mridangam) and Giridhar Ud...

  • Aruna Sairam | Directors Cut

    Prepare yourself for a treat with spell binding singing from Aruna Sairam, in her first UK tour. Aruna’s concerts attract crowds that create “traffic jams around the auditorium.” Accompanying her is the prestigious talent of Patri Satish Kumar and Jyotsna Shrikanth, a musician of dynamism and fin...

  • Pandit Venkatesh Kumar | Full Concert

    Raag Multani depicts power, veneration and submission in the same light, much like Albrecht Durer's sketch of "Praying Hands" from 1508. It is sung during the fleeting hours between light and darkness in the evening. Dusk, also known as the “cow-dust hour” in India, was coined to portray a glimps...

  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe | Full Concert

    The late Sahasrabuddhe was a serious exponent of the Gwalior gharana sings Ahir Bhairav, Shudh Sarang, Raag Mala, Nirguni Bhajan and India’s national song the ‘Vande Mataram’, leaving many in tears at the end of her morning concert.

    Sahasrabuddhe begins Ahir Bhairav with a slow composition set...

  • Jayanthi Kumaresh | Full Concert

    Pre-Vedic texts from 2000 BCE have referenced the saraswati veena as 8000 years old. It is solid, about 5 feet long and notoriously bulky weighing about 8 to 9 kilograms. Its recorded history of exponents comprises a long list and is a strongly male-dominated one.

    But Kumaresh has expelled many...

  • Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar | Full Concert

    “Have you ever closed your eyes and run your fingers over a colourful, Persian rug?” asks Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar as she describes the repertoire of combined Ragas which is typical of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. “You will be able to trace its patterns without feeling anything, even though...