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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  • 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 | 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dr Prabha Atre & Sanju Sahai - Raag Shyam Kalyan

    Watch this fantastic performance of Raag Shyam Kalyan from the 2014 Darbar Festival

  • 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...

  • Kaushiki Chakraborty | Bhimpalasi

    Satyajit Talwalker (tabla) and Milind Kulkarni (harmonium)

  • Kaushiki Chakraborty | Raag Puriya Kalyan

    Raag Puriya Kalyan combines elements of the late-night raga Puriya in the lower tetra chord with the joyous elements of Kalyan in the upper tetra chord. The glory of Puriya Kalyan’s manifestation lies in the judicious allotment of weightage assigned to both Puriya and Kalyan during its implementa...

  • Begum Parveen Sultana - Raag Hamsadhwani & other compositions

    Watch the second half of the legendary Parveen Sultana's performance at the 2018 Darbar Festival

  • Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande - Raag Khem Kalyan

    Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande sings a beautiful evening raag at London's Southbank in 2018

  • Omkar Dadarkar - Raag Jogkauns

    Jogkauns is a relatively recent creation in the family of north Indian ragas. Pandit Jagannathbua Purohit, who was popularly known by his nom de plume, Gunidas, had blended Raag Jog and Raag Chandrakauns to create this melody in the 1940’s. In this video, the distinguished vocalist Omkar Dadarkar...

  • 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...

  • Parveen Sultana - Raag Puriya Dhanashree

    Watch Parveen Sultana's incredible Raag Puriya Dhanashree at the 2018 Darbar Festival

  • Manjusha Patil - Raag Ramkali

    Manjusha Patil performs her debut UK concert in 2013 with this morning Raag Ramkali

  • Pandit Ram Deshpande - Raag Yaman Kalyan

    Watch this captivating performance of Raag Yaman Kalyan.