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Rupak Kulkarni + Meeta Pandit

Darbar Festival 2018

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Darbar Festival begins with a double-bill where an enthralling bansuri recital from Rupak Kulkarni is followed by a khayal vocal performance by Meeta Pandit.

In a career stretching across four decades Rupak Kulkarni – through dedicated practice and unwavering dedication – has cemented his reputation as one of India’s premier flautists. First learning the art of bansuri from his father, he blossomed under the tutelage of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and is considered a specialist in the dhrupad, khayal and tantrakari styles. Immerse yourself in his innovative improvisations where he displays masterful breath control and dexterous finger work.

Meeta Pandit is a Hindustani vocalist belonging to the Gwalior Gharana tradition of music. She is the granddaughter and disciple of Krishnarao Shankar Pandit and the sixth in her unbroken lineage. Joined for this performance by Mukundraj Deo and Tanmay Deochake her melodious yet robust vocals will move you throughout three octaves in spellbinding fashion.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10.30pm – subject to change.

Presented by Darbar in partnership with Barbican


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Milton Court Concert Hall