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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 Ajoy Chakraborty | Dadra in Mishra Sindhu Bhairavi

    In 2006, Darbar presented Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty in an exclusive evening in his semi-classical avatar. The semi-classical or lighter segment is a by-product of folk music and an off-shoot of pure classical music that consists of a deluge of forms in which Pandit Chakraborty holds a position of r...

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Jag Me Jeevat Hi Ko Nat

    In 2006, Darbar presented Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty in an exclusive evening in his semi-classical avatar – a gamut consisting of numerous forms in which the stalwart holds a position of deep respect for his extensive knowledge, experience and authority on the subject.

    In this video, he performs a ...

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Thumri in Mishra Charukeshi

    Raag Charukeshi is a recent Carnatic import into the Hindustani genre. It has primarily been a show-stopper in lengthy, pure Hindustani or Carnatic classical concerts. But this recital might take one by a pleasant surprise with Charukeshi hopping over from the pure classical arena to that of ligh...

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Prem Mudit Man Se Kaho Ram Ram Naam

    In this vibrant rendition of a traditional Ram bhajan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty creates moments of ecstasies in an exclusive evening of semi-classical presentations from the Darbar Festival 2006. Apart from his expertise in Hindustani and Carnatic classical repertoires, the acclaimed Pandit Chakra...

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Banke Bihari Ko Hamaro Pranam

    In 2006, Darbar presented Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty in an exclusive evening in his semi-classical avatar – a gamut consisting of numerous forms in which the stalwart has deep knowledge, experience and authority. In this video, he performs a Krishna bhajan through which, he pays his tribute to Bhai ...

  • Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty | Kahun Geet Ke Gawaiya

    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 left his audiences asking for more – the second presentation had to be a showcase of his s...

  • Sudha Ragunathan | Kriti in Raga Kalyani

    Kriti in Raga Kalyani by Saint Thyagaraja

  • Sudha Ragunathan | Virtam in Raga Varali

    Virtam in Raga Varali

  • Sudha Ragunathan | Daru Varnam in Raga Vasantha

    Daru Varnam in Raga Vasuntha

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma | Dhun in Pahadi

    The northern-most state of Jammu which is the native region of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, has one of the richest folk cultures in India. Jammu is a colourful platter of music, art, crafts and agriculture that constitute the main livelihood of its people.

    Raag Pahadi is based on the folk melodies o...

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma | Mishra Kaushik Dhwani

    Raag Kaushik Dhwani was previously known as Bhinna Shadaj. ‘Bhinna’ means differentiated and ‘Shadaj’ means the first note or Sa. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma performs a lighter piece based on this raga. He bases the main melodic lines on Kaushik Dhwani and introduces an element of surprise in almost ...

  • Ronu Majumdar | Raag Bhoopkali

    Raag Bhoopkali is also known as Bhoopeshwari. It is believed to be a creation of Ustad Alladiya Khan of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. However, its emergence almost forty years after his death (1945) makes this information confusing. In the subsequent years of its soaring to popularity in music frat...

  • Pandit Ronu Majumdar | Raag Shudh Sarang

    Raag Shudh Sarang is a derivative of the ‘Sarang’ family of ragas that reside in the cluster of afternoon ragas in the Hindustani system. Sarang itself was born out of the rustic folk melodies of India and hence, any sarang-raga is inevitably influenced by the unpretentious simplicity of folk.

    I...

  • 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 ...

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (1938-2022)

    We pay our respected to Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji's who graced the Darbar Festival stage with his music three times. Pandit Ji's first appearance at Darbar Festival in 2010 at the Kings Place, was uniquely special when he gave a special in-conversation session with Dharambir Singh Dhadyalla MBE ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Kushal Das | Raag Jaunpuri

    Pandit Kushal Das's performance of raag Jaunpuri from the Darbar Festival 2021