Darbar Festival

Thursday 12 September 2013 - Sunday 22 September 2013

For regular Darbar festival goers this year presents a great line up and for those who’ve never been before, come along and discover the finest Indian classical music.

What makes the festival so special? It’s the only one that bring together India’s two traditions – Hindustani (north Indian) and Carnatic (south Indian).

Along with the concerts there are free family events in our foyers, opportunities to mingle with musicians at CD-signing sessions, or why not treat yourselves with a purchase from the Darbar Bazaar, a specially selected range of stunning Indian scarves, jewelry, saris and miniature paintings.

For those of you wanting to experience how concerts would have been originally presented in darbars (royal courts), come along to our new Darbar Unplugged concerts.

And if you’re hungry to learn more about this fascinating genre? Then sign up to our Indian Classical Music Appreciation Course.

Download a full timetable of events here

Past Events

3 Apr 2009

Rahul Sharma and Harmeet S Vir

Purcell Room

Harmeet Virdee gives a sitar recital, followed by a musical journey to Kashmir with the sounds of santoor played by Rahul Sharma.

3 Apr 2009

Somjit Das Gupta and Jesse Ban

Purcell Room

An audience with Somjit Das Gupta on the heritage of the rabaab and sarod instruments with musical demonstrations, followed by a concert of soulfu ...

3 Apr 2009

Aruna Sairam and Somjit Das Gu

Purcell Room

Somjit Das Gupta plays ragas on the rarely heard rabab, followed by a performance from Aruna Sairam, one of the most sought after singers from sou ...

4 Apr 2009

Ashwini Bhide and Carnatic Voc

Purcell Room

A concert from rising UK stars from the world of carnatic music, followed by a performance from Ashwini Bhide, a singer who evokes the true spirit ...

4 Apr 2009

Shashank Subramanium, and Gane

Purcell Room

An audience with Shashank Subramanium on the heritage of the carnatic flute with musical demonstrations, followed by a violin concert led by Ganes ...

4 Apr 2009

Wasifuddin Dagar and Pandit Te

Purcell Room

A performance from one of the foremost dhrupad singers in India, followed by a virtuoso sarod recital by Tejendra Majumdar.

5 Apr 2009

Nina Virdee Urban Love and Tab

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Nina Virdee presents new high-energy music that crosses boundaries in the mould of Nitin Sawhney and Tablature! brings together east and west perc ...

5 Apr 2009

Purbayan Chatterjee, Shashank

Purcell Room

Enjoy a khayal vocal performance with Dr Vijay Rajput followed by a concert with Purbayan Chatterjee on sitar and Shashank on flute.

5 Apr 2009

Wasifuddin Dagar and Rupak Kul

Purcell Room

An audience with Ustad F Wasifuddin Dagar on the ancient heritage of the dhrupad music and history of the Dagar family, followed by northern India ...