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Uday Bhawalkar + Alam Khan

Alam Khan holding his Sarod instrument, surrounded by greenery, looking upwards

A double bill of contemporary masters of traditional Indian music.

Son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, once described by legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin as ‘the greatest musician in the world’, Alam Khan is recognised as one of the finest sarod masters in his own right, bringing a searching curiosity to his sensitive, flamboyant playing. Talwalkar provides astonishing rhythmic accompaniment on the tabla, this simple yet versatile set of drums.

A special dhrupad treat comes from Bhawalkar, one of India’s finest singers from the Dagarvani tradition. Playful accompaniment from Singh is on an equally rare instrument called the jori, a set of drums which look like the tabla but sound similar to the pakawaj.

Presented by Darbar in association with Barbican


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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).

Milton Court Concert Hall