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  • Kanwal Ahluwalia | Interview

    The Darbar Festival, an annual celebration of Indian classical music and dance, provides a serene confluence of Yoga and Indian classical music, enhancing the sensory and spiritual experiences of attendees. Held in London, this festival embodies the rich cultural heritage of India, blending the m...

  • Pravin Godkhindi | Full Interview

    Pravin Godkhindi is an eclectic classical flautist, performing Hindustani music on the bansuri. He studied under his father Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi, an exponent of the Kirana gharana, as well as Carnatic mridangist Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma. He incorporates Carnatic rhythm into his playing,...

  • Rajrupa Chowdhury | Interview

    Chowdhury is one of India’s finest and mature sarod maestro making her UK debut. Indulge in the deep lilting and sound that pull on your heart strings. Chowdhury explores the depth of ragas as trained and gifted by her teachers Siddhartha Roy Chowdhury, Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy and Prof. Sanjoy Ba...

  • Tari Khan | Interview

    "Tabla Prince" Ustad Tari Khan is a trailblazing tabla player known for insightful ghazal accompaniment – that swoon worthy genre synonymous with emotional depth and lyrical beauty.

    Though he has accompanied the likes of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Mehdi Hassan, the intensity of expression ...

  • Dr Prabha Atre in Conversation

    Prabha Atre did not originally play to pursue a musical career. But aged eight, her mother was ill and took a friend’s suggestion to take classical singing lessons to help her feel better. The young Prabha was inspired by overhearing the lessons, and studied with Kirana gharana gurus including Su...

  • Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra | Interview

    The award-winning brothers share some heart-warming facts about their lives in this interview from the Darbar Festival 2016. As siblings their bonding has stood the test of time on stage and beyond it. “It is love that has kept us together,” they say.

    Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra were born in ...

  • Pandit Bharat Bhushan Goswami

    Born in the enchanting city of Mathura in northern India which is known as the abode of Lord Krishna, Pandit Bharat Bhushan Goswami has scaled ranks to become one of India’s most coveted sarangi players today. This short interview showcases his interesting take on classical music in the contempor...

  • Abhisek Lahiri | Sarod Talk

    Strumming up a melodious alap on Raag Bhimpalasi, sarod player Abhisek Lahiri talks to Darbar about his childhood, his musical values and why he does cross-over work. He is a gharana-blending musician who fuses the three major traditions of sarod -the Rampur Shahjahanpur, the Maihar, and the Seni...

  • Kala Ramnath | Interview

    Kala Ramnath | Interview from Darbar Festival 2006

  • Shubha Mudgal | Interview

    “My gurus...were all liberal thinkers and avid collectors of knowledge. They believed in learning from as many sources as possible and I think it is their eclecticism that influenced me as well as their other students.” (Shubha Mudgal)

    Shubha Mudgal sings a distinct brand of of khayal. Born in A...

  • Aruna Sairam | Interview

    "Many times I nearly gave up" says one of India's finest Carnatic musicians. Award winner Sairam gives an insight into her musical world. She talks about her own fears, inhibitions and surrender in preparation for a concert. Filmed during her Darbar Festival appearance in 2016.

  • Ustad Amjad Ali Khan | Interview

    India's foremost sarod maestro candidly talks about his passion and the unique lineage he was born into. Khan explains that there is no book about presentation of Indian classical music and how a 3 minute Raga was about quality and duration of music. Recorded at Darbar Festival in 2016.

  • Sahana Banerjee | Interview

    Sahana talks about her Rampur Senia gharana and her journey from her mother Chhabi Banerjee, a famous singer, and her father Pandit Santosh Banerjee, a sitar and surbahar master, trained her in their styles while also providing her with the freedom to form her own. Sahana seeks to expand Hindusta...

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (1938-2022)

    We pay our respect 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 to...

  • Prabha Atre | Interview

    Dr. Prabha Atre wanted to study medicine, but the medical school was far away from home. She chose law instead and even learned kathak to fulfill her aspirations of becoming a dancer. But a chance encounter with Indian classical music changed her life forever. “I was destined to become a musician...

  • Niladri Kumar | Interview

    Rooted in the rich tradition of the Maihar gharana, Niladri Kumar has learned sitar under his father, Pandit Kartick Kumar, one of the senior-most disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankar. A renowned exponent of the sitar and surbhahar, Pandit Kartick Kumar has straddled Indian classical and Bollywood mu...

  • Pandit Nityanand | Haldipur Interview

    The journey of the humble bamboo flute from folk music to Indian classical music is not a very old one. The transformation took place due to the pioneering efforts of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh (1911-1960), who identified its possibilities, developed a range of techniques and introduced it to the worl...

  • Pandit Vinayak Torvi | Interview

    Keen observation is one of the key tools to learning an art as intense as Indian classical music. When Pandit Vinayak Torvi was 12 years old, he was discovered by his first teacher, Guru Rao Deshpande (1889-1982). The latter had taken him away to his gurukul (Deshpande’s residence where his disci...