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Indian Music Appreciation Course

Darbar Festival

Indian Music Appreciation Course Darbar Festival 2023

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

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, it is also useful for those with some knowledge of Indian or European classical music. Sukhdeep Dhanjal, a dynamic tabla teacher, starts the course with demystifying Indian rhythmic cycles known as talas. Harmeet Virdee, one of the UK’s finest sitar players, provides insights into raga music.

Please arrive 15 min before start of the session.

Produced by Darbar in association with the Barbican


09:45 - 10:00      Registration and welcome

10:00 - 10:10      Course outline plus housekeeping

10:10 - 11:10      Demystifying ragas

11:10 - 11:30      Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30      Taal and the tabla

12:30 - 13:30      Lunch break

13:30 - 14:40      Stages of a concert

14:40 - 15:00      Tea/coffee break

15:00 - 16:00      Listeners choice

16:00 - 17:00      Q&A. Closer look at instruments and a chance to meet the performers


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