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.

Darbar Festval at Sadler’s Wells will also provide masterclass insights into Indian dance, comprising talks and live, one-to-one coaching: Dance Masterclass: Aditi Mangaldas on Friday 10 November, Ashton Studio; and Dance Masterclass: Mavin Khoo on Sunday 12 November, Ashton Studio will provide live coaching and unique insights into Indian dance from these leading artists; while Talk with Akram Khan on Saturday 11 November, Lilian Baylis Studio will present an in conversation with session not to be missed by fans, dance aficionados and performance arts enthusiasts.

Darbar Festival 2017

A celebration of classical Indian music & dance

Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio

Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th November 2017

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