Lopa Kothari introduces highlights from the Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, which took place last month at the Purcell Room in London. With music on the South Indian veena played by Chitraveena Ravikan, and singing in the North Indian khyal tradition from Shruti Sadolikar.
The Darbar Festival has established itself as the UK's premier festival of Indian classical music, a four-day event with concerts in the mornings and afternoons as well as in the evenings, allowing for perfomances of ragas associated with specific times of the day. The festival has always championed the lesser-known music of South India, as well as the more familiar Hindustani music. This is the last of three programmes devoted to this year's Festival.