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Ustad Waseem Khan

Darbar Festival

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The sensational Agra style of Indian vocals

Enter the world of khayal (imagination) through the velvety, expressive voice of Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan and his penetrating sense of drama from the Agra gharana school of music. From a family of masters, Khan began his training at just six years old, and this is his debut UK performance. Witness the exploration of the raag as he paints surreal imagery, accompanied by sarangi master Hussain Khan, and the superb Milind Kulkarni on harmonium with Gurdain Rayatt providing rhythmic support on the tabla.

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Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican


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Listen: Indian Classical Music

The quintessential Indian Classical Music playlist - this is music of drama, depth and dedication suitable for novices and experts alike.

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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