When: May 11, 2024 1:30 pm
Where: Wolfson College

Please note that this event is not organised by the Centre for Music Performance, and as such, the Centre cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies in its listing. Any questions or concerns related to the performance and event details should be directed to the ensemble or performers responsible for this event.

A lunchtime lecture and concert focused on khayal, a system of vocal music within the broader universe of Hindustani music.


2024 at 1.30PM

Dining Hall, Wolfson College


The event starts at 13.30 and will last for approximately one hour followed by a short optional practical workshop ending by 15.00.


Hindustani (northern Indian classical) vocalist Dr Achintya Prahlad will discuss the history of k̲h̲ayāl, as well as the technical basics – svara (musical notes), laya (tempo), rāga (melody), tāla (rhythm) and upaj (extempore improvisation). He will perform compositions in two different rāgas and on different themes .

Following the talk and performance, all audience members are invited to join a brief practical workshop. No prior knowledge of the musical form is required. 


About the Performer

Dr Achintya Prahlad is a Hindustani vocalist and composer with knowledge of Carnatic (south Indian classical) music as well. He did a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, after which he taught biology, music and languages to undergraduates at Ashoka University, India, while simultaneously doing research on music and publishing papers. Achintya then moved on to do an MA in Music at SOAS, University of London, and is currently a Wolfson PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.



This event is open to everyone, free to attend and there is no need to book.



This event will take place in the Dining Hall on the first floor of the main building at Wolfson College. There is step-free access with a lift and an accessible toilet.