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Sitar and Khayal Maestros of India

Kaushiki Chakraborty singing live on stage

Two of India’s maestros explore late night ragas in celebration of 100 years since the birth of Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Pandit Kushal Das brings profound depth and emotion that is nothing less than soul-stirring on India’s iconic instrument, the sitar. Moving from improvised movements of alaap (exploration of the raag) and gat (with rhythmic accompaniment), to the magical temple bells during the jhalla movement (exploration of the raag through rhythmic pulse), Das is accompanied by Singh, acclaimed for his improvisational brilliance and high-energy performances.

Supremely accomplished Kaushiki Chakraborty, from the Patiala gharana (school of music) brings a mesmerising finale to the Festival with her opulent, inventive style and explosive energy. Singing midnight ragas, rarely sung due to venue restrictions in London and India, she is joined by accompanying musicians Talwalkar, Khan and Kulkarni – bringing a magical radiance to this exploration of ragas.

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