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Indian Music Appreciation Course

Darbar Festival

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Delve into the Indian musical tradition with this one-day course – the essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music but were afraid to ask.

This course aims to demystify the traditions and the practices that are central to this most ancient and evolved of classical musical traditions. Aimed at complete beginners, it is also useful for those with some knowledge of Indian or European classical music.

Livestreamed Sat 16 and Sun 17 October 2021 at 14:00 to 17:30 each day .



14:00 - 15:30 Taal and the Tabla 
15:30 - 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 17:30 Demystifying Ragas  

14:00 - 15:30 Stages of a concert performance  
15:30 - 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 17:30 Listener's choice. An overview of the performers to support your learning and listening pleasure 

Darbar is committed to reaching Zero carbon emission and Darbar will plant a tree for every ticket sold

Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican

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