‘Living Traditions’: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical


‘Living Traditions’ (2019): book-length collection for Darbar, exploring how music with ancient roots is adapting to a fast-paced, interconnected modern world. Expand your appreciation through 21 different perspectives on 21st-century Indian classical [articles hosted on Darbar website]




Darbar are committed to demystifying India’s classical arts for a global audience. In Living Traditions we interview eleven of today’s leading artists on how they create, think, and live, spanning Hindustani, Carnatic, Dhrupad, and dance. Also featured are ten in-depth essays covering various technical, social, and mystical dimensions of the music itself, examining how it manifests across diverse new contexts.


The articles are aimed at newcomers and connoisseurs alike, and can be read in any order. No previous knowledge is required – we go far in, but explain along the way, matching the words to the sounds using clips from our 13-year video archive. Darbar does not believe in diluting or oversimplifying the ideas – to do so would be to disrespect our audience. We prefer to preserve the depth and detail, and take more time in explaining when needed.


All key concepts are defined inline, and linked through to dedicated pages from our separate bank of 80 short Educational Articles. We also have over 140 new Artist Pages, containing brief biographies and videos of our past festival performers. These great creative forms are for everyone – all you need is a willingness to abandon preconceptions and open your ears.



—Eleven interviews: Indian classical masters in their own words


—Ten musical explorations: the sounds from different perspectives


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George Howlett is a London-based musician and writer. I play guitar, tabla, and santoor, loosely focusing on jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation. Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, interconnecting fresh vibrations with the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them.



—guitar & global music—


Recently I’ve worked long-term for Darbar, Guitar World, and Ragatip, and published research into tuning and John Coltrane’s raga notes. I’ve written for Jazzwise, JazzFM, and The Wire, and also record, perform, and teach in local schools. Site menu above, follow below, & get in touch here!

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