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Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust was founded in 2005 by artistic director Sandeep Singh Virdee and each year curates the Darbar Festival, the UK’s largest and most respected Indian classical music festival.

In order to aid the development of the next generation of Indian classical musicians, the Trust has forged partnerships with Sky Arts and BBC Radio 3, and regularly organises classical music classes and music retreats. In addition, it works closely with faith-based organisations to produce exhibitions and global inter-faith projects celebrating south Asian culture.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £106,100
  • 2013-2014: £108,540
  • 2014-2015: £111,362

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Bickram Ghosh - Pranth - tabla language

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Shahbaz Hussain plays Punjabi Folk Rhythms

Live recording at Embrace Arts, Leicester on 27 April 2014 Shahbaz Hussain (tabla solo) Rekesh Chauhan (nagma on harmonium) Shahbaz Hussain demonstrates through his tabla solo why this Indian classical percussion instrument is one of the most versatile in the world. His music is inspired from the Punjab Gharana or school of music from northern India. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Shahbaz Hussain plays Ustad Ahmed Jan Thrikwa Ji's kaiyda rela

Live recording at Embrace Arts, Leicester on 27 April 2014 Shahbaz Hussain (tabla solo) Rekesh Chauhan (nagma on harmonium) Shahbaz Hussain demonstrates through his tabla solo why this Indian classical percussion instrument is one of the most versatile in the world. His music is inspired from the Punjab Gharana or school of music from northern India. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pandit Kushal Das and Pandit Kumar Bose, Slow gat in Raag Shuddh Basant

Live recording at the Sage Gateshead, UK 3 March 2014 Pandit Kushal Das (sitar) Pandit Kumar Bose (tabla) Special thanks to GemArts All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

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Pandit Kushal Das and Pandit Kumar Bose, Gat in Raag Shuddh Basant

Live recording at the Sage Gateshead, UK 3 March 2014 Pandit Kushal Das (sitar) Pandit Kumar Bose (tabla) Special thanks to GemArts All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

VV Ramanamurthy and G Guruprasanna at Darbar Festival 2014, Tani Avartanam

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Shashank Subramanium (carnatic flute) Akkarai S Subhalakshmi (violin) VV Ramanamurthy (mridangam) G Guruprasanna (kanjira) Shashank, a household name in South India, through his virtuosity and dexterity generates a powerful explosion on the flute with his accompanying artists. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Sitar maestro Niladri Kumar plays Raag Bhimpalasi at Darbar Festival 2014

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Niladri Kumar (sitar) Subhankar Banerjee (tabla) Niladri plays the sitar “full of enthralling musical flourishes” (BBC). This is a superlative concert; not to be missed. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Niladri Kumar at Darbar Festival 2014 plays Raag Bhairavi

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Niladri Kumar (sitar) Subhankar Banerjee (tabla) Niladri plays the sitar “full of enthralling musical flourishes” (BBC). This is a superlative concert; not to be missed. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Best then, Better now - Dr Prabha Atre, Raag Bhairavi

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Dr Prabha Atre (khayal vocal) Bharat Bhushan Goswami (sarangi) Ajay Joglekar (harmonium) Sanju Sahai (tabla) Chetna Banwat (vocal support and tanpura) Gunwant Kaur (surmandal) Priya Parkash (tanpura) India’s legendary classical luminary, Prabha Atre, has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. For over six decades, Atre’s unique timbre and extraordinary artistry has won the hearts of audiences around the world. The huge number of awards and doctorates bestowed on her for her lifetime dedication to the khayal style of music become clear as one hears her sublime vocal qualities whose tone remains unblemished even in her 80s. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Dr Prabha Atre at Darbar Festival 2014, Raag Madhurakauns

Live recording from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Dr Prabha Atre (khayal vocal) Bharat Bhushan Goswami (sarangi) Ajay Joglekar (harmonium) Sanju Sahai (tabla) Chetna Banwat (vocal support and tanpura) Gunwant Kaur (surmandal) Priya Parkash (tanpura) India’s legendary classical luminary, Prabha Atre, has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. For over six decades, Atre’s unique timbre and extraordinary artistry has won the hearts of audiences around the world. The huge number of awards and doctorates bestowed on her for her lifetime dedication to the khayal style of music become clear as one hears her sublime vocal qualities whose tone remains unblemished even in her 80s. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

India's King Instrument Rurda Veena by Jyoti Hegde, Raag Poorvi

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Saturday 20 September 2014 Jyoti Hegde (rudra veena) Surdarshan Chana (jori) Debipriya Sircar (tanpura) Hegde makes her UK debut performance on the spellbinding rudra veena, rightfully respected as the king of Indian classical instruments, in the Hindustani style. Hegde is accompanied by Chana one of the great young Jori master. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Fast side of dhrupad by Pt Premkumar Mallick, Raag Abhogi Kanada

Recorded live at the Darbar Festival 2014 Friday 19 September 2014 Pandit Prem Kumar Mallick (dhrupad vocal) Prashant Mallick (dhrupad vocal) Surdarshan Chana (jori) Gunwant Kaur (tanpura) Priya Parkash (tanpura) The second half features the mesmerising Dhrupad vocal style by the Mallick’s presenting the court music tradition of Darbhanga, a former state in the North-Eastern India. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Shashank Subramanyam, Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Vagadeeshwari

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Sunday 21 September 2014 Shashank Subramanium (carnatic flute) Akkarai S Subhalakshmi (violin) VV Ramanamurthy (mridangam) G Guruprasanna (kanjira) Shashank, a household name in South India, through his virtuosity and dexterity generates a powerful explosion on the flute with his accompanying artists. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Debasish Bhattacharya (sarod), Raag Kaunsi Kanada: Jor & Jhalla

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Thursday 18 September 2014 Debasish Bhattacharya (sarod) Subhankar Banerjee (tabla) In Bhattacharya’s hands, the sarod acts like a prism, dispersing a myriad of timbres and endless sub-note inflections; as always Bhattacharya’s genius shines through in his portrayal of the raga. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Debasish Bhattacharya (sarod), Drut Gat in Raag Kaunsi Kanada

Recorded live from the Darbar Festival 2014 Thursday 18 September 2014 Debasish Bhattacharya (sarod) Subhankar Banerjee (tabla) In Bhattacharya’s hands, the sarod acts like a prism, dispersing a myriad of timbres and endless sub-note inflections; as always Bhattacharya’s genius shines through in his portrayal of the raga. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pandit Nayan Ghosh plays Tabla Solo - rela

Pandit Nayan Ghosh plays Tabla Solo - rela All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pandit Nayan Ghosh plays Dhir Dhir Rela

Pandit Nayan Ghosh plays Dhir Dhir Rela All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Anupama Bhagwat plays Raag Shahana on location in India

Anupama Bhagwat plays Raag Shahana on the sitar. Recorded on location in Bangalore, India. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pravin Godkhindi plays Raag Madhuvanti on the bansuri

Pravin Godkhindi plays Raag Madhuvanti on the bansuri. Recorded on location in Bangalore, India All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Niladri Kumar plays Raag Mishra Kafi on the iconic sitar

Niladri Kumar plays Raag Mishra Kafi Niladri Kumar performs at Darbar Festival 2014 Book your tickets now...www.southbankcentre.co.uk/darbarfestival All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Indian Classical Music: Niladri Kumar explains a raag or raga

Sitar maestro Niladri Kumar explains - What is a Raga using Raag Shree as an example. Don't miss Niladri Ji's concert at the Darbar Festival 2014 on Sunday 21 September at the Southbank Centre, London. Book your tickets at www.darbar.org Raag Mishra Kafi by Niladri Kumar http://youtu.be/VY6XqXnMC0g Raag Shree by Niladri Kumar http://youtu.be/9Xy3j2EiVPw All rights reserved 2014©Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Indian classical music at its best...Darbar Festival 2014 tickets on sale...

Darbar Festival 2014 - Tickets now on sale 18-21 Sept at the Southbank Centre, London www.darbar.org All Rights Reserved 2014 © Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Jyoti Hegde's mastery of the rudra veena in a man's world

Jyoti Hegde talks candidly about her music and struggle to learn India's king instrument, the rudra veena, against all odds in a man's world. Don't miss her UK debut concert at The Darbar Festival 2014 at the Southbank Centre, London from 18-21 September 2014. Tickets on sale from 30 April from www.southbankcentre.co.uk/darbarfestival Copyright © Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust. 2014. All Rights Reserved. The author assets its moral rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author and creator of this video. The reproduction or transmission of this video, whether by photocopying, recording or storing in any medium by any means, electronic otherwise, is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the owner. The commission of any unauthorised act in relation to this video may result in civil or criminal actions.

Exclusive interview with Pandit Vinayak Torvi - Part 1

Exclusive interview recorded on 13 January 2014 with Pandit Vinayak Torvi Ji from the Gwalior and Kirana Gharana. 2014 © Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust. All Rights Reserved. No part of this video may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust. Pandit Vinayak Ji makes his debut UK performance at The Darbar Festival 2014 at Southbank Centre from 18-21 September. Tickets on sale from 30 April at www.southbankcentre.co.uk PROFILE OF PANDIT VINAYAK TORVI Pandit Vinayak Torvi, eminent Hindustani Classical Vocalist of international renown is known among classical music aficionados as " Sur Lay Ka Badashah". It is no surprise that a musician of his calibre hails from Dharwad -- Karnataka , home of musical greats. Pt Torvi, Karnataka Kala Tilaka , Kirana Gharana awardee is an untiring propagator of Hindustani classical music. Gifted with a rare sense of aesthetic creativity and technical expertise he is a consummate musician bar none. Pandit Vinayak Torvi was born into a family of keertankars on the auspicious day of Vinayak Chaturti in 1948(4 Sept 1948). The Child prodigy had his early training in music under Pandit Narayan rao Majumdar of Dharwad. Later the young Torvi underwent twelve years of rigorous "Gurukul" training under the legendary doyen of Gwalior Gharana, Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande. During this period he mastered the intricacies of the Gwalior Gharana as well as the Agra Gayaki. Later Panditji mastered the Kirana Gayaki under the able guidance of none other than Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. GAYAKI Endowed with a powerful, resonant , deep voice , his sheer genius and his masterly blending of Gwalior and Kirana Gharana shines through in his widely acclaimed performances all over India and abroad. He is a versatile full-fledged musician who has imbibed the essence of various raagas popularized by the legends of different Gharanas. His full-throated voice and his imaginative note-by-note improvisations do full justice to the aalaap pradhan ragas. He is equally at ease with presenting phrase and taan pradhan raagas, which require a totally different voice culture. The intricacy of his taan patterns is simply brilliant. Lay-laykari-Bol aalaap and Bol tans are the livewires of the Khyal gayaki. Pandit ji's mastery over laykari makes his concerts enchanting. His enunciation of the words in compositions blended with Sur lay and taal makes his music sensational. His gayaki whether classical or light classical is always brimming with Ras-Bhav which truly is the heart and soul of music. He also excels in light classical music and Bhakti Sangeet in Kannnada, Marathi and Hindi. Panditji 's electrifying singing and his powerful voice impact the audiences with an everlasting heavenly, spiritual experience. As an icon for Gurushishya Parampara tradition, ardent disciple of Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande and Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Torvi puts his heart, mind and soul into teaching music with bondless love and affection which has produced many performing artistes today. He has been honoured with a number of national level prestigious awards and accolades and has released numerous CDs of Classical and light classical music. SERVICE TO THE MUSIC FIELD Pandit ji with his boundless energy has succeeded in transforming Bangalore , traditionally a strong hold of Carnatic music into a hub of Hindustani Classical Music. He is the founder of Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha -- a prestigious platform for Hindustani Classical Performers in India . He introduced the concept of All Night Music Mehfils to the music lovers of Bangalore and now this has been the most awaited annual event in Bangalore attracting large crowds of music lovers. His other innovative ideas include Malhar Festival and Dharwad Festival which are held yearly. It is a fact that busy performing artistes seldom devote time and energy to further the cause of music. Pandit ji is an exception to this norm and works tirelessly towards the preservation and development of this traditional art by way of organising music festivals and more importantly by conducting Sangeet Shibir , Lecture cum Demonstrations and monthly baithaks to encourage young music aspirants. In a nut shell Panditji known affectionately as "Guruji" to one and all is a disciplined , honest and sincere performer , Guru and organiser. Pandit Vinayak Torvi is the unequivocal torch barer of the rich legacy of Indian classical music of musical stalwarts like Gayanacharya Gururao Deshpande , Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi , Dr Gangubai Hanagal ,Pt Mallikarjun Mansur and Pt Kumar Gandharv etc.

Exclusive interview with Pandit Nityanand Haldipur - Part 1

Exclusive interview with Pandit Nityanand Haldipur recorded on 5th Januray 2014 in Mumbai. Pandit Nityanand Haldipur makes his debut UK performance at The Darbar Festival 2014 from 18-21 September at the Southbank Centre. Ticket on sale from 30 April at www.southbankcentre.co.uk Subscribe to our newsletters at www.darbar.org for more information. The talented Nityanand Haldipur -- ranked among the country's leading flautists and a senior disciple of the reclusive genius, Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi -- represents the pure essence of a highly revered musical heritage. Born in Bombay in a deeply spiritual family, Nityanand was fortunate to have the right environment for his latent musical talents to blossom. His first guru who initiated him into the art, technique and aesthetics of flute playing was his father, the late Shri Niranjan Haldipur -- a senior disciple of the renowned flute maestro, the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. The warm soothing sounds of the bamboo flute were an early, pervading influence. And for young Nityanand to be attracted to the instrument was only natural. Over the next two decades, Nityanand's training continued under the late Pandit Chidanand Nagarkar, and Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar, seniormost disciple of late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, under whom Nityanand perfected his technique. However, it was after 1986, when Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi -- doyenne of the Senia-Maihar gharana -- and daughter of the legendary Ustad Allauddin Khansaheb (Baba), the fountainhead of the gharana -- accepted him as one of her disciples, that Nityanand's talent and musicianship truly flowered. It progressively acquired depth, maturity and a new dimension. 2014 © Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust. All Rights Reserved. No part of this video may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.

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