Carnatic Tradition

Carnatic Tradition

Immerse yourself in the divinity of music that hails from Southern India. These masters will enthral you with high octane performances that demonstrate their incredible skill and ingenious minds

Carnatic Tradition
  • Director's Cut| Ramana Balachandran

    Fast gaining worldwide critical acclaim, the talented musician is known for his ability to deliver with phrasal clarity while delving deep into the recesses and quiet spaces between microtones or notes. Hearing him play is like attending a crash course in interpreting raga music – at times pensiv...

  • Dr Jyotsna Srikanth | Raga Vajaspathi

    Dr Jyotsna Srikanth performs Raga Vajaspathi at the Darbar Festival 2021.

    Dr Jyotsna Srikanth (violin)
    B C Manjunath (mridangam)
    Prathap Ramachandra (ghatam)
    R N Prakash (kanjira)

  • Dr Jyotsna Srikanth | Raga Rathipathi Puja

    Dr Jyotsna Srikanth performs Raga Rathipathi Puja at the Darbar Festival 2021.

    Dr Jyotsna Srikanth (violin)
    B C Manjunath (mridangam)
    Prathap Ramachandra (ghatam)
    R N Prakash (kanjira)

  • 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

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Bahudari

    What makes this ragam tanam pallavi so special is the way its pulse builds up from the alapana to the tanam, leading to the pallavi. Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth’s passionate detailing of Bahudari is impeccable. She has a penchant for approaching every raga from a fresh perspective, lending a sparkling n...

  • Aruna Sairam | Raga Shanmukhapriya

    Shanmukha is the handsome god of war in the Hindu pantheon. Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, he is also known as Kartikeya or Murugan. The word ‘priya’ means ‘favourite’ and evokes a fascinating narrative for the Carnatic raga Shanmukhapriya. Perhaps, it was regarded as Lord Shanmukha’s favourite r...

  • Shashank Subramanyan | Nasikabhushani

    A devotional raga in spirit, Raga Nasikabhushani is a ‘vivadi’ or a dissonant melodic scale that has been scantily used in Carnatic compositions. Against the crash of waves and the sound of the tanpura on the expansive beach of Mahabalipuram in southern India, Shashank Subramanyam portrays this r...

  • Hari Kumar | Abheri

    In this scintillating performance of Raag Abheri, S. Hari Kumar Sivan plays his piece de resistance, luxuriantly expanding and elaborating the raga in his 7-stringed violin with traditional and contemporary nuances. His lively deliverance is supported whole-heartedly on the mridangam by Neyveli V...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Thillana in Vasanthi

    Mysore A Chandan is the first Carnatic artist to be presented by Darbar. This concert took place in 2007, when Begum Parveen Sultana too was part of the line-up and was present in the audience. In this video, Chandan performs a thillana in Raag Vasanthi upon the request of Begum Sultana. Composed...

  • Aruna Sairam | Kathanakuthoohalam

    Kathanakuthuhalam radiates joy and exuberance. It is an unusual raga in the Carnatic system full of unexpected twists and turns in its gait, its tonal sentences almost conveying the groove and liveliness of a western major scale. Aruna Sairam performs ‘Kathanakuthuhala Raga Priye’ in this video –...

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Sama

    In 2007, Darbar curated UK-based artists alongside India-based musicians. Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth, who was based in the UK then, performs with master mridangam player Neyveli Venkatesh from India. ‘Manasa Sancharare’ is her third item where RN Prakash adds another dimension to with the ghatam and kh...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Revagupthi

    ‘Gopalaka Pahimam’ is a composition of Maharaja Swati Tirunal (1813-1846) in Raag Revagupthi. Set to Misra Chapu tala, the composition is a beautiful narrative of all the ‘kalyana guna’ or the magnificent qualities of Lord Krishna, the flute-playing diety of the Hindus. Maharaja Tirunal was the k...

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Dhanashri

    Doling out unpredictable and beautiful phrases in Raag Dhanashri, Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth gives a stunning rendition of this thillana. A composition of Swathi Tirunal (1813 – 1846), the king of the Travancore who was also a great connoisseur of music, there is an eclectic element to this thillana ow...

  • Hari Kumar | Saraswati

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan’s spirited rendition of ‘Anuragamu Leni Manasuna’ is a traditional kriti of Saint Thyagaraja that is loaded with conventional as well as contemporary nuances, making for a delightful hear. Accompanying him on the mridangam is Neyveli Venkatesh and on the ghatam is RN Prakash.

  • Hari Kumar | Ram Bhajan

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan gives a passionate rendition of this popular bhajan, ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’ with his 7-stringed electric violin. This soulful rendition sounds stunning not just for the uniqueness of the instrument but the manner in which, he puts its features to their optimal use.


  • Jyotsna Srikanth | English Notes

    In this concert, Darbar’s attempt to position UK-based artists along with India-based musicians was a phenomenal attempt. It wasn’t a cross-over concert in terms of music, but the musicians ended up exploring entirely exciting new paths of creativity through each other’s music in this series of c...

  • Aruna Sairam | Teetha Vitthala Kshetra Vitthala

    Led with vivacity and emotional dynamism by none other than Aruna Sairam, this ensemble delivers the popular abhang, Teertha Vitthala Kshetra Vitthala at the Darbar Festival 2009. Abhang is a devotional song dedicated to Lord Vitthal, an incarnate of Vishnu or Lord Krishna. It is set to Raag Ahir...

  • Mysore A Chandan | RTP Mohana

    Raag Mohana is the Carnatic correspondent of the Hindustani Raag Bhoop. Although similar in scale and movement, Mohana’s treatment is very different than Bhoop and is well demonstrated by Mysore A Chandan in this ragam tanam pallavi.

    With a serene alapana, he lsecures the foundation of Mohana, ...

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Kathanakuthuhalam

    This piece, ‘Raghuvamsasudhambudhi’ in Raag Kathanakuthuhalam is a vibrant composition performed by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth. She is accompanied by Neyveli Venkatesh on the mridangam and RN Prakash on the ghatam. A popular piece that has held audiences in sway for decades, this composition by Patnam ...

  • Malladi Brothers | Kambhoji

    ‘Kailasa Nathena’, is a Sanskrit devotional kriti (composition) in Raag Kambhoji composed by Muthuswamy Dikshitar (1775 – 1835). It is set to Raag Kambhoji which can portray rasas (emotions) like vira (valour) and sṛingara (romantic) very effectively.

    With a sharp sense of coordination, the M...

  • Jyotsna Srikanth | Mohanam

    This is the opening piece of Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth’s concert at the Darbar Festival 2007. This year saw a uniqueness in Darbar’s efforts in curation. Artists from the UK were combined and presented with artists from India. In this concert, Dr. Shrikanth, who was based in the UK then, led the ensem...

  • Aruna Sairam | Mohanam

    Raga Mohanam is the Carnatic equivalent of the Hindustani raga Bhoop or Bhopali. Its radiant disposition evokes joy and devotion that Aruna Sairam brings to life in her elegant presentation in this video. She is accompanied by Patri Satish Kumar on the mridangam and RN Prakash on the ghatam. Comm...