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darbar : festival of indian classical music 2010

So far 2010 has been a great year for Indian dubstep and electronica. As we bop our heads to the lastest beats produced by the finest DJs and producers we sometimes forget where the original influence came from … classical music.

I love the sounds of the underground, but I also have a soft spot for the structure, elegance and beauty of classical Indian music. Whether it be North Indian or Carnatic style, there is something about the world of classical that make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up, leaving me in awe when I see and hear a live performance!!

So, from Thursday, 01 April 2010 to Sunday, 04 April 2010, Darbar Arts Culture Heritage will be presenting their 5th Indian Classical Music Festival at Kings Place, London.

Britain’s ‘most important celebration of Indian classical music’ (Songlines) presents four days of stunning improvisational music and the premiere of unique performance of eastern and western classical traditions.

Presenting concerts throughout the day, it includes operatic and Indian vocals, classical traditions from north and south India and dhrupad, India’s oldest form of music.

The Festival features overseas maestros and UK based musicians, as well as extras including mini-concerts, free workshops and films curated in association with Tongues of Fire.

Clip from ’09: Ganesh & Kumaresh (carnatic violin) with Patr Satish Kumar & RN Prakash

Some of this year’s highlights:

  • Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma – Santoor
  • Gayatri and Ranjani- carnatic vocal
  • Veena Sahasrabuddhe – Khayal
  • Dhruba Ghosh – Sarangi
  • Gundecha Brothers – Dhrupad
  • Anindo Chatterjee – Tabla
  • Rajhesh Vaidhya – Veena

Full details and booking tickets:

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