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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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Mesmerising Raag Suha Kanada by Mita Nag (sitar)

Don't miss Mita Nag at the Darbar Festival: Book your tickets now at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/seduced-by-the-sitar-khayal-90070 All Rights Reserved ©2015 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Abhisek Lahiri plays Raag Malkauns

Don't miss Abhisek at the Darbar Festival 2015 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/spirit-of-hindustani-and-carna-90027 Abhisek Lahiri plays Raag Malkauns All Rights Reserved ©2015 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Fabulous Raag Shudh Sarang by Kaushiki Chakraborty

Don't miss out Kaushiki Chakraborty at the Darbar Festival 2015. Book your tickets now at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/khayal-unwrapped-89973 Kaushiki Chakraborty sings Raag Shudh Sarang at Botanic Gardens, Kolkata. All Rights Reserved ©2015 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

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Mesmerising Bhilaskhani Todi and Bhairavi by Jayateerth Mevundi

Don't miss Jayateerth Mevundi at the Darbar Festival 2015 Book your tickets at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/seduced-by-the-sitar-khayal-90070 Jayateerth Mevundi - khayal vocal Recorded at Mulshi, Maharashtra, India Jayateerth Mevundi hails from Hubli in North Karnataka. In his early age his mother introduced him to the intricacies of music and developed his talent. His musical talent was developed under the tutelage of his guru Pt. Arjunsa Nakod and chiseled by Pt. Shripati Paadegar, who himself was a disciple of the legend Bharat Ratna Pt.Bhimsen Joshi. All Rights Reserved ©2015 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Who said Dhrupad is boring? Check out Raag Jog by Pelva Naik

Don't miss Pelva Naik at Darbar Festival 2015. Book your tickets now at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/chant-dhrupad-pelva-naik-90062 Recorded at Mulshi, Maharashtra, India Pelva Naik - Dhrupad vocal Raag Jog Special thanks to Robin Chatterjee, Sherna Chatterjee and Jagdeep Shah. All Rights Reserved ©2015 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Outstanding - Ustad Irshad Khan with Sukhwinder Singh on Jori - Raag Darbari

Ustad Irshad Khan plays Raag Darbari gat with Sukhwinder Singh on the Jori at the Darbar Festival 2008. Don't miss out on Ustad Irshad Khan's concert at the Darbar Festival 2015, Book your tickets now at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/ustad-irshad-khan-and-kausihik-90078 All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Breathtaking and unbelievable Raag Darbari by Ustad Irshad Khan

Ustad Irshad Khan plays Raag Darbari or and jhalla recorded at the Darbar Festival 2008. Don't miss out on Ustad Irshad Khan's concert at the Darbar Festival 2015, Book your tickets now at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/ustad-irshad-khan-and-kausihik-90078 All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

MARGAM: A CLASSICAL DANCE RECITAL BY SEETA PATEL

Darbar’s first dance concert takes place in partnership with Pulse Magazine. After two sell-out concerts at Sadler’s Wells, Seeta Patel presents a concert of Bharatanatyam. She is accompanied by an orchestra of Carnatic musicians in a performance with lighting design by Guy Hoare. The evening leads the audience through the nuances of expression of this classical dance art form. Patel interprets a variety of works in the Bharatanatyam repertoire. Sunday 20 September 2015, 7:30pm Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/margam-a-classical-dance-reci-90107 All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pandit Bharat Bushan Goswami plays Mishra Gara

THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 LONDON BECKONS INDIAN RAGAS Bharat Bushan Goswami (sarangi) Prabhu Edouard (tabla) The annual four day Indian classical Darbar Festival opened with two outstanding debut UK performers. Goswami is a master of the sarangi illustrating Haveli Sangeet or traditional temple music through his sensuous and lyrical virtuosity balanced by the exuberant rhythms by tabla maestro Edouard. Special thanks to Sandeep Kandola. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Bharat Bushan Goswami plays Raag Bihag - Part 2

THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 LONDON BECKONS INDIAN RAGAS Bharat Bushan Goswami (sarangi) Prabhu Edouard (tabla) The annual four day Indian classical Darbar Festival opened with two outstanding debut UK performers. Goswami is a master of the sarangi illustrating Haveli Sangeet or traditional temple music through his sensuous and lyrical virtuosity balanced by the exuberant rhythms by tabla maestro Edouard. Special thanks to Sandeep Kandola. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Pandit Bharat Bushan Goswami plays Mishra Khamaj

THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 LONDON BECKONS INDIAN RAGAS Bharat Bushan Goswami (sarangi) Prabhu Edouard (tabla) The annual four day Indian classical Darbar Festival opened with two outstanding debut UK performers. Goswami is a master of the sarangi illustrating Haveli Sangeet or traditional temple music through his sensuous and lyrical virtuosity balanced by the exuberant rhythms by tabla maestro Edouard. Special thanks to Sandeep Kandola. All Rights Reserved ©2014 Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Bharat Bushan Goswami plays Raag Bihag - Part 1

THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014 LONDON BECKONS INDIAN RAGAS Bharat Bushan Goswami (sarangi) Prabhu Edouard (tabla) The annual four day Indian classical Darbar Festival opened with two outstanding debut UK performers. Goswami is a master of the sarangi illustrating Haveli Sangeet or traditional temple music through his sensuous and lyrical virtuosity balanced by the exuberant rhythms by tabla maestro Edouard. Special thanks to Sandeep Kandola. 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

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

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