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Indian Music Appreciation Course

Darbar Festival

Harmeet Virdee teaching a class with his sitar

The essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about raga and tala music but were afraid to ask.

This course aims to demystify the traditions and practices that are central to this most ancient and evolved of classical musical traditions. Aimed at complete beginners or those with some knowledge of Indian and European classical music. Harmeet Virdee, one of the UK’s finest sitar players, provides insights into raga music while dynamic tabla teacher Sukhdeep Dhanjal demystifies Indian rhythmic cycles known as talas.

Part of Darbar Festival

Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican

*Excludes £3 booking fee



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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).

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