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Darbar Festival comes to Sadler’s Wells for the first time

Darbar Festival comes to Sadler's Wells for the first time

Following sellout programmes at Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and Southbank Centre, the finale repertoire of Darbar Festival 2017 comes to Sadler's Wells for the first time from 9 - 12 November. A carefully crafted invitation to delve into the best of current classical Indian music, this year Darbar engages its sister art form by presenting classical dance as well as music. The festival-first collaboration of these two art forms will offer a rare chance to experience live the vibrancy and emotional power of these medium combined, firmly rooted in tradition yet in constant reinvention. Furthermore, the visionary Akram Khan MBE has curated the dance element and will be making a rare appearance onstage before his imminent retirement from full-length pieces.

Darbar Festival this year unites the finest exponents of Indian classical dance with established, Indian classical music, both revered musical masters and new talents of the Subcontinent, for which the festival has been synonymous since its 2006 inception. Co-curated by Sandeep Virdee OBE and master dancer, choreographer and Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan MBE, the festival will offer an immersive experience for audiences across four days of the finest Indian classical music and dance, marking a first in the history of both genres in the UK.

The programme will open with a UK Premiere, Akram Khan, Tala and Raga Experience, a triple bill concert taking place at Sadler's Wells on Thursday 9 November. Dance impresario, Khan, will perform a short solo focussing on his kathak tradition, the classical dance form of North India. Patri Satish Kumar, a musician from the great Carnatic tradition, will perform with Triplicane Sekar on the Tavil (the first time this South Asian percussion instrument will be featured in the festival) and Amrit Khanjira on khanjira. Pravin Godkhindi and Supreet Deshpande follow with ragas - one of the key structures of Indian music - on basuri flute and tabla, India's iconic percussion drums.