Darbar Festival 2023
In its 18th year, Darbar Festival returns with a magical mix of emerging talent, master performers making their UK debut and world class legends.
Set up in memory of the inspirational tabla player and teacher, Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, Darbar continues to be the perfect place to discover an enchanting world of melody and rhythm.
The DNA of Indian classical music is rooted in nature: ragas and talas are closely associated with animals, birds, weather and seasons, delivering a wholesome and holistic experience to enhance one’s wellbeing.
As well as a chance to indulge your senses in this emotive music, this year we are broadening our wellbeing sessions which will include yoga with live music; breathwork; sacred sound bath; an Indian music appreciation course, as well as mantra and guided meditation sessions. And, back by popular demand, our Pop-Up Market featuring small independent culturally diverse businesses.
This year's festival programme will be announced soon, watch this space.
Darbar is committed to reaching Zero carbon emission and Darbar will plant a tree for every ticket sold
Presented by Darbar in association with Barbican
Ulhas Kashalkar + Anupama Bhagwat
An extraordinary double bill featuring one of India’s finest female sitar players, Anupama Bhagwat and one of India’s most esteemed Indian classical music vocalists, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.
Ranjani and Gayatri, Poetry of the Saints
A special chance to get up close to the world-renowned versatile musicians candidly sharing their spiritual insights. Discover how the practice of music is the path towards moksha or liberation.
Alam Khan, The Sonic Prayer
In this session, the history of Maihar gharana is unwrapped and we discover why raga music is not for entertainment.
Pravin Godkhindi and Shashank Subramanyam
A special morning concert that will transport you to India through the sounds of the bansuri (flute). The charismatic duo, Pravin Godkhindi and Shashank Subramanyam unravel romantic morning ragas.
Alam Khan + Ranjani & Gayatri Sisters
A thrilling double bill featuring the much-awaited sarod maestro, Alam Khan from Hindustani (north India) and the revered duo, Ranjani & Gayatri Sisters from the Carnatic south.
Music, Mantra and Guided Meditation with Qi-Rattan
Experience a supported journey led by Qi-Rattan. Move beyond mindfulness with sound therapy and a guided meditation for self-healing, and awaken the jewel within.
Ojas Adhiya: Arts of Ghazal Tabla Playing
A unique chance to glimpse into one of the greatest tabla master minds who has invented an accompaniment soundscape for the ghazal form of music.
Sacred Sound Bath with Anne Malone
Uncover the path to your inner peace at this Sacred Sound Bath with Anne Malone.
Breathwork by Davel Holveck-Patel
Tap into the wisdom of breath and the universal sound of ‘AUM’. Discover breathing techniques grounded in ancient practices, which create harmony with the brain and body.
Yogabliss to Live Music with Kanwal Ahluwalia
Come along to gently stretch, bend, twist and still your mind in these fun, easy-going classes that are open to all levels.
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).