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Darbar Festival


Indian classical music’s rich and expressive tradition contains a number of schools and styles – all of which can be explored at the Darbar Festival.

Now a regular part of Southbank Centre's classical music season, Darbar Festival returns to bring the best of Indian classical music to London.

Indian Classical Music Course for beginners.  With Jameela Sidiqqi

Wednesday 17th September – Sunday 21st September 2014 | Southbank Centre

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ajay Joglekar, Bharat Bhushan Goswami, Kousic Sen, Nityanand Haldipur, Prabhu Edouard, Prashant Mallick, Prem Kumar Mallick, Suhbhankar Banerjee, Surdarshan Chana, Vinayak Torvi
Happy Birthday Sunita

Distinguished actress Shabana Azmi is in the UK for this production, touring in the autumn.

The Johal family invites you to a surprise birthday party for Sunita.

Mum's been cooking all day, and the family has just about made it on time. Everything is set, but Sunita is nowhere to be seen. As the curries simmer and rotis are smothered in full fat butter, years of family drama bubbling under the surface start to boil over. Today, four decades after arriving in this country, things are set to change...

From the producers of Britain's Got Bhangra and Break The Floorboards, Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre bring you this new comedy drama about family.

Starring Shabana Azmi, Ameet Chana, Russell Floyd, Clara Indrani and Goldy Notay. In association with Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton.

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 September 2014 | Watford Palace Theatre


23 – 27 September | Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 

1 - 4 October | West Yorkshire Playhouse

7 – 11 October | Oldham Coliseum Theatre 

14 – 18 October | Watermans, London 

21 October | Mercury Theatre, Colchester 

24 – 25 October | The Woodville, Gravesend 

26 – 29 Novwmber | DUCTAC, Dubai 

2 – 3 December | Experimental Theatre, NCPA Mumbai 

Friday, September 19, 2014
Jagao Sudharobey –The Awakening

Jagao Sudharobey – The Awakening is based on selected Tagore songs and dances that adhere to the theme of awakening – both as observed within nature and within the human soul.

Featuring an ensemble of established and emerging singers, dancers, musicians and Tagore enthusiasts from London, this programme will be presented and conducted in English, to make it more universally accessible.

This is a new production by The Tagoreans – one of the oldest Bengali cultural organisations established in London and forms a precursor to the golden jubilee celebrations next year as The Tagoreans prepares to celebrate 50 years of its dedicated service to propagating and promoting Tagore's creative works across London and the UK.

Saturday 20th September 2014 | 6.30pm – 9.30pm | Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London

Tea and snacks will be available for sale during the interval

For tickets please contact Gairika Gupta (01707 696 343), Manoshi Barua (07754 889 469), Jyotsna Mukherjee (020 8807 0550), Aparna Gupta (020 8447 0850), Nivedita Bose (07957 323 756 or Jayanta Ray (07776 164 973)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Tagoreans
United Rhythms

Birmingham-born, classically trained tabla player and composer Mendi Mohinder Singh brings his  new work to The Drum as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Mendi will perform alongside Birmingham Conservatoire’s Percussion Ensemble further to teaming up with them to produce three original compositions purely for orchestral percussion. Drawing on African, South American, American and Arabic styles and written in a Western classical context, this innovative work showcases his multi-skilled repertoire.

They will be joined by 7th Dan Samurai expert Fay Goodman, who will be demonstrating a four-hundred-year-old Japanese kata (choreographed martial art) , accompanied by Mendi playing the dhrupad style of Indian classical rhythm on tabla.

Supported by sampad and the Arts Council England

Saturday 20th September 2014 | 7.30pm| £8 (£6 concs) | Birmingham, The Drum

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Mendi Mohinder Singh
Sitar Recital

Partha Bose is a much respected sitar player from India. Specialising in contemporary Hindustani classical music, he has been playing to international audiences for over two decades and has become renowned for his ability to weave technical virtuosity with emotional expression.

He will be accompanied by tabla player Shiv Shankar Ray.

Saturday 20 September 20141pm | £12 / £10 concessions | The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester  

Saturday 27 September 20141pm | Free | The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool


Saturday, September 20, 2014
Partha Bose, Shiv Shankar Ray
Sarod Recital

Debashis Bhattacharya is a master of the sarod. He performs a selection of ragas with great skill, displaying the instrument’s myriad of timbres and sub-note inflections. He is accompanied by tabla maestro Shahbaz Hussain.

Please note: this is the sarod player, not the Calcuttan slide guitar player of the same name.

Sunday 21st September 2014 | 7pm |£10 | Sage Gateshead 

Ticket Offers Available Family Ticket 4 tickets for £25 (Must include at least one child ticket) Multibuy Offer – Buy tickets for Debashish Bhattacharya and Jyoti Hegde and receive £2 off each individual ticket. Please call Ticket office to book, not available online.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Debashis Bhattacaharya, Shahbaz Hussain
Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’

The Great War's Forgotten Army: Final week

This landmark exhibition is part of a wider three-year project presented by the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) to commemorate the remarkable but largely forgotten contribution and experiences of Sikh soldiers, as well as the families they left behind.

‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’ is at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, until 28th September, and is the launch event of a three-year project to reveal the untold story of how one of the world's smaller communities played a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’.

Wednesday 9th July – Sunday 28th September 2014 | 10.30 am - 5 pm | Brunei Gallery

Monday, September 22, 2014
Rhythm Diaries

British-Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger is a rhythmic visionary who has unified the percussion traditions of India and the West.

In Rhythm Diaries, Bernhard takes his audience on an exciting voyage through melody and rhythm, weaving together stories of his extensive travels, encounters with many great musicians and how these influences have shaped his personal journey today.

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | £10 adv / £12 door | Vortex Jazz Club, London

Thursday 30th October | 7.30pm | £10 / £5 | Embrace Arts, Leicester

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Rudra Veena concert

Jyoti Hegde makes her UK debut on the spellbinding rudra veena, rightfully respected as the king of Indian classical instruments.

Jyoti brings alive the essence of ragas through her expertise in the highly developed art form dhrupad. Surdarshan Chana accompanies her on the evocative jori.

Presented with Sage Gateshead, in association with Darbar.

Thursday 25th September 2014 | 7.45 pm | £10 (concessions available) / Family Ticket £25 for 4 people (at least one under 18) Multi-buy Offer £2 off each ticket when also booking for Debashish Bhattacharya (21/09/2014) Box Office: 0191 443 4661 or visit Sage Gateshead to book your tickets.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Jyoti Hegde
Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium

Dynamic growth and an expanding middle class are making South Asian (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) consumers among the most confident in the world. A large part of this includes the increasing consumption of fashion and related products amongst the youth.

Whilst there has been some study of South Asian fashion and dressing cultures within history, anthropology (Banerjee and Miller 2003; Tarlo 1996), cinema (Dwyer 2000) and diaspora (Bachu 2004; Mani 2003); there has been little work that has looked at the transnational implication of contemporary changing cultural and economic environments on dressing cultures on the youth in South Asia and its diasporas. As Tarlo (1996) has argued, dress in India and more largely South Asia is used to instigate change, question national identities and assert power.

In this international interdisciplinary symposium we would like to extend and question the role of clothing cultures within the changing transnational discourse of consumerism, sexuality, faith, politics and media technology within the youth in South Asia and the diasporas.

The keynote speakers for this conference are Professor Rachel Dwyer of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Dr Rajinder Dudrah of the University of Manchester.

The conference is organised by Lipi Begum, lecturer at London College of Fashion and Rohit K Dasgupta, doctoral candidate and associate lecturer at London College of Communication.

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September 2014 | London College of Fashion

Thursday, September 25, 2014