Lunchtime Indian classical music offer set for launch

Indian classical Music is coming to De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) thanks to a partnership with the celebrated Darbar Arts and Heritage Trust.

The trust who curate the celebrated Darbar Festival on London’s Southbank each November and also work with DMU partners the Philharmonia Orchestra, will host a series of lunchtime concerts on campus for staff, students and the local community to enjoy.

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And it all kicks off on Wednesday 5 April at St Mary de Castro Church at 1pm with the unique sounds of Harjinderpal Matharu and Shahbaz Hussain.

The series, part of the university’s #LoveInternational campaign will provide new audiences with an opportunity to appreciate the sounds of different instruments which they may not have been familiar with before, from some of the world’s finest Indian classical musicians.

Head of Music Development at DMU, Chris Heighton said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in collaboration with the celebrated Darbar Festival to present what is a unique programme of lunchtime concerts for both campus and city audiences.

“We are welcoming some of the finest Indian classical musicians in the world who will also be performing at London’s Southbank Centre later this year.”


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The concerts, much like the Darbar Festival which is the largest festival of Indian classical music outside of India, will focus on two main instruments, the sitar and sarod as well as the santoor; an instrument of Persian descent.

The series will also focus on women in music, with two out of the three soloists being female and again being some of the finest musicians in the world for this particular genre.

The other two concerts confirmed for the series are:

  • 7 June- Roopa Panesar (Sitar) with Sudersan Chan (Tabla)
  • 7 November- Darbar Festival 2017 concert preview, featuring Debasmita Bhattacharya (Sarod) and Gurdain Rayatt (Tabla)

These two concerts will begin at 1pm and will be held in Trinity Chapel.

Entry to the concerts will cost £5 on the door.

Following all concerts, guests will have an opportunity to talk to the performers in an informal Q and A basis.

Posted on Wednesday 29th March 2017

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