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Celebrating Indian Classical Music

The Dabar Festival is a celebration of Indian classical music. One of the most renowned musicians was Ravi Shankar, who passed away last December. To commemorate his contribution to the musical world, the Southbank Centre is holding a special Dabar season in his honour. The festival, which lasts until the 22nd September also wants to encourage the next generation of Indian classical musicians, by giving them the chance to shine.

For those who would like to gain a greater appreciation of Indian music traditions, you can take part in a five-session course for 45. You will learn about Hindustani and Carnatic practices, the origins of their musical traditions, raga and tala theory, and get to listen to live music.

The first concert is on the 19th September and includes a double bill performance by Schimpelsberge on the drums, and Kumaresh, who uses an ancient Indian instrument called a veena.

Nirmalya Dey will perform 'Dhrupad', an old form of Indian music rarely sung today; the translation means 'mixed words', denoting the poetic nature of the genre.

As well as concerts there will be yoga classes, a talk on the role of Indian women in classical music, free family events in the foyer, CD-signing, and a Darbar Bazaar selling scarves, jewelry, saris, and paintings.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 12th - 22nd Sept
Phone: 0844 875 0073
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 7-45
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