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Carnatic Concert Unwrapped

Darbar Festival

S Hariharan playing the sarod

Get close to the musicians as they explain the breakdown of the Carnatic concert format. 

Join veena player Ramana Balachandran and mridangam player Patri Satish Kumar to explore the structures of a Carnatic concert. Pulses, rhythms, rises and falls – learn about its purpose and history. 

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date. 


Part of Darbar Festival

Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican


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photo of man playing sarod in an empty conference room

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