World music of the week: Darbar: Festival of Indian Classical Music, Southbank Centre, London SE1


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Hindustani and Carnatic classical music – plus yoga, food and talks – again suffuses the South Bank, with a focus on great female performers, some in London for the first time.

They include sitar player Anupama Bhagwat and vocalist Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil, virtuoso of the Agra and Gwalior Gharanas.

Thursday features a rare chance to hear young female maestro Kumaresh performing Carnatic ragas on the "celestial" veena, while Friday has ancient Dhrupad music, and afternoon ragas from Bhattacharya. More awaits – morning, afternoon and night – over the following weekend.

020 7960 4200;, Thursday to 22 September