Hindustani Vocal

Hindustani Vocal

Watch these legends demonstrate their impeccable skills across all genres of hindustani vocal from Khyal to Dhrupad to Tappa & Bhajan

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  • Indrani Mukherjee | Bhairav

    In the Hindu pantheon of gods, Bhairav is another name for Lord Shiva – the temperamental deity of unprecedented destruction. Shiva is an embodiment of spunk, reserve, might and dramatic fortitude. In addition to these traits, the raga Bhairav is anchored upon undercurrents of desolation and deep...

  • Ramakant Gaikwad | Marwa

    Recorded live against the stunning, rugged landscape of Mulshi, Maharashtra, we present to you one of the most melodious voices that has emerged from the Dharwad-Belgaon belt of western coastal India – Ramakant Gaikwad. In this video, Gaikwad brings the delightful blend of Kirana gharana fused wi...

  • Omkar Dadarkar | Ramkali

    Ramkali is an early morning raga, often associated with Sikh devotional cultures. Many Sikh saints have set 'shabads' (spiritual verses) to the tune of this raga.

    In the sprawling premises of the Bawali Rajbari, the 265-year-old heritage mansion-palace situated 35 kilometres outside of Kolkat...

  • Parveen Sultana | Ambika Sarang

    In an unclaimed moment, Begum Sultana stole her listeners’ hearts with a marvellous rendition of this stunning raga – Raag Ambika Sarang. This raga was designed by Chidanand Nagarkar. The gandhar is omitted and elements of Shuddha Sarang and Kafi are blended together. According to Rajan Parrikar,...

  • Parveen Sultana | Gujari Todi

    Begum Parveen Sultana gives an outstanding performance of this morning raga, Gurjari Todi, at the Darbar Festival 2007. After a last-minute visa-related issue of the scheduled artists leading to a cancellation of their concerts, she generously agreed to fill the morning slot at the Phoenix theatr...

  • Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar | Raag Bhairavi

    ‘Tum Ho Jagat Ke Data,’ (O’ Almighty, you are the creator of the universe) is a beautiful thumri that was composed by the late sitar legend, Ustad Vilayat Khan. It is set to Raag Bhairavi in a slow tempo of 7 beats (Rupak taal). Unlike most Bhairavi compositions which have a faster tempo and are ...

  • Pandits Rajan & Sajan Mishra & Pandit Kumar Bose - Raag Mian Ki Malhar

    Watch this beautiful Miyan Malhar by the esteemed Pandits Rajan & Sajan Mishra from the 2016 Darbar Festival

  • Shruti Sadolikar | Savani Nat

    Known as a torch-bearer of a strong lineage, Sadolikar’s Savani Nat comes as a welcome opening to the concert that is typical of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Specialising in ‘hybrid’ ragas of pentatonic structure, Savani Nat is a branch-out of the family of ‘Nats’. Basic ragas like Bhairav, Kedar,...

  • Parveen Sultana | Raag Maru Bihag

    Begum Parveen Sultana’s rendition of Raag Maru Bihag is soothing, colourful and a celebration of the possibilities of the raga outside the ordinary. She opens her recital at the Darbar festival 2007 with this piece, introducing the raga with a brief alaap.

    The expansion of the raga is done in de...

  • Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar | Darbari Kanada

    Darbari Kanada is an extremely popular raga belonging to the cluster of Kanadas. Its origin is popularly attributed to Miyan Tansen, one of the ‘nine jewels’ of Mogul Emperor Akbar’s court. Its Persian name, referring to ‘darbar’ or royal court, bears the stamp. However, it is believed to be an a...

  • Sameehan Kashalker | Raag Basant

    Basant means ‘spring’, the season of hope, rejuvenation and mirth. Apart from being a seasonal raga that conveys these emotions, Basant is also associated with love and romance that inevitably arouses feelings of longing, pain and devotion.

    Sameehan Kashalkar’s stunning performance of Raag Bas...

  • Shruti Sadolikar | Kaunsi Kanada

    This performance of Raag Kaunsi Kanada is the concluding recital of Shruti Sadolikar’s performance at the Darbar festival 2012. This is a rare raga ‘hybrid’ from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, presented with an apt combination of intellect and aesthetics by Sadolikar. This gharana specializes in com...

  • Arati Ankalikar Tikekar | Raag Jaunpuri

    Raag Jaunpuri is said to be a creation of King Hussain Shah of the Sharqi dynasty, the Islamic state that ruled northern India between 1394 and 1479. Their capital was Jaunpur, a city that still exists by the same name in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Hussain Shah had christened t...

  • Arati Ankalikar Tikekar | Raag Ahir Bhairav

    As suggested by the name, Ahir Bhairav is a blend of two ragas –Bhairav, a primordial scale and Ahiri that owes its origin to a folk melody belonging to ‘Ahir’ or cowherds' communities residing on the fertile plains of the two Indian rivers – Ganga and Yamuna.    

    Arati Ankalikar connects three...

  • Parveen Sultana | Raag Maluha Maand

    Raag Maluha Maand is a rare repertoire of Begum Parveen Sultana; Although she has performed this tarana in many live concerts before, this piece from the Darbar festival 2007 stands out due to the panache with which she embellishes the composition on the spot. Coupled with that is the quality of ...

  • Pandit Venkatesh Kumar | Durga

    Pandit Venkatesh Kumar holds a Doctoral degree in Indian classical music from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, one of the most austere institutions of Indian classical music in India. He has authored a text book that has been made a part of the academic syllabus of colleges running under the aegis of...

  • Pandit Venkatesh Kumar | Patdeep

    Pandit Venkatesh Kumar gives a majestic and outstanding performance of Raag Patdeep in this clip, extracted from his first UK and international debut performance at Darbar Festival in London. His gayaki blends motley of schools ranging from Gwalior to Kirana and Patiala. This is a concert that le...

  • Pandit Venkatesh Kumar | Multani

    Pandit Venkatesh Kumar holds a Doctoral degree in Indian classical music from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, one of the most austere institutions of Indian classical music in India. He has authored a text book that has been made a part of the academic syllabus of colleges running under the aegis of...

  • Parveen Sultana | Raag Hamsadhwani

    Upon the request of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who was also part of the Darbar 2007 line-up, Begum Parveen Sultana embarks upon this beautiful tarana in Raag Hamsadhwani. After a captivating alaap establishing the raga in all four octaves, Begum Sultana begins the tarana, embellishing it with all...

  • Sameehan Kashalkar | Raag Marwa

    Raag Marwa has a somber mood, it is sung during sunset and projects an intense, meditative emotion. One of the greatest Indian classical vocalists of all time, late Ustad Amir Khan, has contributed volumes to the Marwa repository with his emphasized delineation of Dha (6th) in the lower octave. T...

  • Shruti Sadolikar | Bihari

    In this performance, Shruti Sadolikar takes up Raag Bihari, a typical melody from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana with a folksy temperament. Accompanying her on the tabla is Vishwanath Shirodker. Murad Ali Khan gives a heart-wrenching performance on the sarangi and Tanmay Deochake is his best self, fi...

  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe | Raag Mala

    In this rendition, Sahasrabuddhe splashes the listeners’ canvas with myriad ragas, all performed back-to-back like a medley. A Raag Mala, which literally translates to “raga garland”, is a non-stop rendition of different ragas, all strung together to create the most mind-bending effect. Sahasrabu...

  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe | Shudh Sarang

    Veena Sahasrabuddha sings an incredible version of Shudh Sarang, stirring up the sweet and rustic mood of this beautiful early afternoon raga. Building highways through the phrases, she illuminates the teevra madhyam (sharp 4th) with intense evocativeness, establishing the framework of the raga i...

  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe | Ahir Bhairav

    This wonderful excerpt is from our Director’s Cut trove – a repository of some of the most special artists that the Darbar Festival has presented. In this clip, Sahasrabuddhe performs a tarana in Raag Ahir Bhairav with uncompromising clarity and delicacy. This concert being her last one in the UK...