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London: DARBAR Festival 2010 (25th March – 11th April)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 20, 2010

As in 2008 and 2009, every Easter the UK Festival DARBAR gives music lovers the opportunity to experience some of the finest Indian classical music in the world and explore the diversity of music from across the sub-continent. In 2010 there are more than 40 events.

Presenting music throughout the day, the Festival features a rich mix of international maestros, UK artists and new talent performing in Britain for the first time. There are also films, talks with the artists and free workshops for children. Premiere has Encounter, an innovative composition bringing together Indian and Western classical vocal traditions.

2010 sees the Festival at its new home, the Kings Place, London’s spectacular new creative centre with an oak panelled auditorium, state-of-the-art acoustic technology and a waterside restaurant – all within a few minutes of Kings Cross station. Savings can be made with discounted Early Bird prices and a Festival Pass.

Elsewhere in London, there are musical evenings at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (5-7 March), and music and a photographic exhibition at the Nehru Centre (25-31 March). Darbar also partners with the Southbank Centre to present the Alchemy Festival (8-11 April) of contemporary music, dance and other art forms from South Asia.

Outide of London, the Darbar is present in Gateshead, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Cobham.

1st day: Thu Mar 25

Darbar Photographic Exhibition
A photographic exhibition of the Darbar Festival.
6:00 pm to 1:00 pm,
Nehru Centre – London

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Sitar recital
A recital by one of UK’s most prominent North Indian classical musicians.
6:45 pm to 8:45 pm,
Nehru Centre – London

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2nd day: Thu Apr 1

Session 1: Encounter – Patricia Rozario and Veena Sahasrabuddhe
A premiere of unique performance bringing together Western Operatic and Indian Classical singers
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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3rd day: Fri Apr 2

Session 2: Carnatic Veena and Sarangi
Double Bill: Hari Sivanesan on veena followed Murad Ali on sarangi
1:45 pm to 5:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Tabla Solo by Satyajit Talwalkar
A musical treat for percussion fans from an emerging tabla master.
5:20 pm to 6:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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Tuning Into Indian Music
A free event exploring the ancient system of tuning in Indian music
5:20 pm to 6:00 pm,
Kings Place (St Prancas Room) – London

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Session 3: Double concert – Sunil Kant Gupta, then Ranjani and Gayatri
Flute recital by Sunil Kant Gupta followed by carnatic vocal concert by Ranjani & Gayatri
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Film: Ramchand Pakistani
A fictionalised account of real-life story of family caught up in the tensions between India and Pakistan
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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4th day: Sat Apr 3

Session 4: Hindustani Khayal with Veena Sahasrabuddhe
Serene morning ragas from an outstanding classical singer
10:00 am to 12:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Children’s Music Workshop 1
Free workshops in Indian classical instruments. Suitable for 9-14 year olds.
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm,
Kings Place (St Prancas Room) – London

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Session 5: Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma…In Conversataion and a sitar recital
Double bill of the santoor maestro in discussion followed by Kushal Das on sitar
1:45 pm to 5:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Exploring the Tanpura
A musical discussion exploring the instrument that is the backbone of Indian classical music
5:20 pm to 6:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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Session 6: North-South Indian Percussion / Dhrupad with the Gundecha Brothers
Double concert extraordinary percussion followed by evocative Dhrupad singing
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Film: Lovesongs – Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Jaya Bachchan & Om Puri in a film by novelist Jayabrato Chatterjee
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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5th day: Sun Apr 4

Session 7: Veena as you’ve never heard it before!
Rajhesh Vaidhya: Carnatic Veena with a Difference
10:00 am to 12:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Children’s Music Workshop 2
Free workshops in Indian classical music instruments. Suitable for 9 to 14 year olds.
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm,
Kings Place (St Prancas Room) – London

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Session 8: An Audience with Ranjani and Gayatri / Khayal Recital
Double bill of a talk with Ranjani & Gayatri, followed by a Venkatesh Kumar
1:45 pm to 5:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Exploring the Kanjira
Find out about the rhythmic patterns of the deceptively simple south Indian Kanjira5:20 pm to 6:00 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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Session 9: Soumik Datta and Pandit Shiv Kumar
Double concert of a sarod recital followed by santoor by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 1) – London

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Film: Zubeidaa
Drama about a concealed life of a mother by celebrated director, Shyam Benegal
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm,
Kings Place (Hall 2) – London

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6th day: Tue Apr 6

Flute recital by Sunil Kant Gupta
A rare opportunity to hear a bansuri recital without amplification
7:45 pm to 9:15 pm,
Yehudi Menuhin Hall – Cobham, Surrey

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7th day: Fri Apr 9

Santoor Concert by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
Double concert: Sitar by Roopa Panesar
followed by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
7:00 pm to 10:30 pm,
Birmingham Town Hall

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8th day: Sat Apr 10

Santoor Concert by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
A rare opportunity to rare the santoor maestro in an intimate setting
7:00 pm to 10:30 pm,
Sage Gateshead

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Sitar recital by Roopa Panesar
Evening ragas on India’s most iconic of instruments
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm,
New Art Exchange – Nottingham

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9th day: Sun Apr 11
Santoor Recital by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
Double concert: Hindustani Vocal followed by a Santoor performance
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm,
Curve Theatre – Leicester

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(Source: 03/2010 – Darbar Festival – www.darbar.org.uk)

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