Explore the finest Indian classical music in the heart of London.
Founded in memory of Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, an inspirational tabla player and teacher, Darbar Festival is now in its sixteenth year and returns to the Barbican following a digital edition in 2020, with more ground-breaking concerts and performances featuring world class legends, maestros and maestras and the very best of UK talent.
The classical music of India is among the oldest continual musical traditions in the world, and dates back thousands of years. Darbar Festival is founded on the belief that everyone should have the chance to experience live performances of this life-changing art form.
Darbar is committed to reaching Zero carbon emission and Darbar will plant a tree for every ticket sold
Presented by Darbar in association with Barbican
Indian Music Appreciation Course
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.
Jyotsna Shrikanth + Ken Zuckerman
A special double bill featuring both Carnatic and Hindustani music, rarely presented together in Indian classical festivals.
Sukhwinder Singh + Roopa Panesar
A double bill of India’s iconic sitar alongside an explosive solo tabla performance.
Yogabliss to live music
Gently stretch, bend, twist and still your mind in these fun easy-going classes, open to all levels.
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Unwrapped by Alam Khan
Take a closer look at one of India’s national treasures, sarod virtuoso Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Ustad Waseem Khan
Mystical sounds of the Santoor join the sensational Agra style of Indian vocals.
Future of Carnatic Music by TM Krishna
Innovative Carnatic vocalist, activist and author TM Krishna discusses the future of Carnatic music and his refusal to bow down to pressure from the musical or political establishments.
Kaushiki Chakraborty + Pandit Kushal Das
Two of India’s finest musicians explore late night ragas in celebration of 101 years since Pandit Ravi Shankar’s birth.
Listen: Indian Classical Music
The quintessential Indian Classical Music playlist - this is music of drama, depth and dedication suitable for novices and experts alike.
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).