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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. 

Part of Darbar Festival

Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican

*Excludes £3 booking fee


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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).

Fountain Room