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Sukhwinder Singh + Roopa Panesar

Darbar Festival

Sukhwinder Singh playing the tabla and smiling to his left. He is wearing an orange top, beaded necklaces and a white turban.

A double bill of India’s iconic sitar alongside an explosive solo tabla performance.

A decade after selling out her concert at the festival, one of the finest sitar maestras returns. Roopa Panesar performs captivating and soul-stirring ragas from the Hindustani tradition of north India, accompanied on the tabla by Shahbaz Hussain, one of the UK’s master Indian musicians. Savour the development of the raag through its four stages: the exploration of the alaap, the pulse of the jor, the building strength of the jhalla, and finally the crescendo of the gat.

Maverick tabla and jori master, Sukhvinder Singh is one of the world's great percussion maestros. Learning from the grand masters of the Punjab and Benares styles of percussion including the late Pandit Kishen Maharaj, he has created a unique sound of rhythmic improvisation. Let him take you on a journey through structured groove and mind-bending crescendo.

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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Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta


Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

Milton Court Concert Hall