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Classical and Jazz: Latest News > April 7

Published: 7 April, 2011

A RICH masala of sitar, tabla and vocal concerts and workshops has been assembled for the annual Darbar Festival of Indian music at Kings Place over the weekend of April 22-24.

It is the foremost festival of Indian music outside the sub-continent, giving a forum for the new generation of dazzling musicians building on ancient virtuosic traditions.

First up on the Friday is Alam Khan paying a tribute to his father, the late Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, described by Yehudi Menuhin as “perhaps the greatest musician in the world”. Alam plays the sarod, accom­pan­ied on tabla by Anubrata Chatterjee, son of the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

On the Saturday there’s a tabla duet. Pandit Suresh Tal­walker is widely recognised as shaping modern tabla playing aesthetics; his daughter Suresh is providing vocal accompaniment.

The evening concert on the Sunday is a ravishing double bill involving Roopna Panesar, this country’s leading female sitarist, accompanied on tabla by the outstanding Sukhwinder Singh, known as Pinky; plus Pandit Ulhas Kashalker, the acclaimed north Indian vocalist, in the second set.

There are some interesting participation: Kanwal Ahluwalia is giving free hatha yoga classes for all and sundry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.    Call box office for details. Purbayan Chatterjee is hosting a sitar workshop for players, not beginners, at Saturday lunchtime. Bring your sitar. Anubrata Chatterjee is hosting a tabla workshop, also for players, not beginners, at the same time. Bring your tabla.

• Darbar Festival, Kings Place, April 22-24. All concerts/ workshops: online £9.50/ festival pass £99. 0207 520 1490, 


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