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Kaushiki Chakraborty + Pandit Kushal Das

Darbar Festival

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Two of India’s finest musicians explore late night ragas in celebration of 101 years since Pandit Ravi Shankar’s birth.

Pandit Kushal Das brings soul-stirring depth and emotion on India’s iconic instrument, the sitar. Delight in the outpouring of pure improvised music through the movements of alaap (exploration of the raag) gat (with rhythmic accompaniment), and jhalla (exploration of the raag through rhythmic pulse). He is accompanied by Sukwinder Singh, acclaimed for his improvisational brilliance, intensity and high-energy performances.

The supremely accomplished Kaushiki Chakraborty, from the Patiala gharana (school of music) provides a mesmerising finale to the Darbar Festival at the Barbican Centre with her opulent, inventive style. She is joined on stage by Shahbaz Hussain and Milind Kulkarni as she performs rarely sung midnight ragas, showing-off her astonishing khayal vocal technique and explosive energy which have become her trademark.

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