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Pandit Uday Bhawalkar

Darbar Festival

Uday Bhawalkar singing with his left hand raised. He is sitting cross-legged wearing a pale green tunic.

Wake up on Saturday and immerse yourself in spiritual and mesmerising sounds of dhrupad as the raga peacefully unfolds.

Dhrupad is considered to be the foremost improvisational classical systems from India, rooted in its micro tonal slow development. Pauses at each note allow space to bend notes through its shrutis (sub notes), this creates a primal and forceful development of the raga.

Taught by Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and later his guru's elder brother, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar carries forward a remarkable Dagar style. He returns to the Darbar Festival after his sold-out concert in 2011. 

Part of Darbar Festival

Running times:

This is a morning show

10.00 - 11.30am (with an interval) 

Produced by Darbar in association with Barbican


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