Darbar Indian Music Fringe Festival


DMU will be hosting the Darbar Indian Music fringe festival in Leicester on 11-13 September this year. Discover the confluence between urban, contemporary and classical contexts and explore the significance of cultural influences on art and UK identity through live performances from some of the most exciting artists of today.


Schedule of events:

Wednesday 11 Sept 2019

The Miseducation of Luna Khan. 7pm, Campus Centre Building 2.01.  

Shane Solanki leads a musical cast in a satirical performance questioning what identity and belonging mean in an increasingly globalised world. Told through spoken word, film and music, The Miseducation of Luna Khan is a modern-day fable for grown-up children who feel lost at sea in the 21st century. Solanki’s live performances combine provocation and comedy with deft lyricism, offering poignant reflections on contemporary politics. His writing explores themes of social justice, including sustainability, gender equality, and the impacts of migration on culture and society.  

Thursday 12 Sept 2019

Seduced by the Sitar. 7 pm, Trinity Chapel.

An evening of deeply moving sitar ragas performed by Anupama Bhagwat, from a new generation of Indian classical musicians.  Accompanied by tabla player Gurdain Rayatt, Bhagwat unravels moving ragas with her signature style of fluid melody, bent notes and flurries of virtuosic improvisation.

Free samosas and chai will be served in the interval.

Friday 13 Sept 2019

Afterglow. 7.30pm, The Gallery, Vijay Patel Building.

Immerse yourself in an evening of new music and visual art as four innovative artists share a new piece of work following a five-day residency connect urban, contemporary and classical forms to create a new and distinctive sound. The artists were selected by Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust (Darbar Festival), Philharmonia Orchestra and De Montfort University. Artists include Al MacSween (piano/keyboard), Erika Curbelo (trumpet), Lucy Danielle (visual artist) and Roopa Panesar (sitar).


The full festival brochure is available to view here. 

All concerts are free entry but with a suggested donation of £5.00 to Darbar Arts.

Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2019

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