Music for the Last Raj

Baroque and Carnatic Music at the Court of Tanjore

September 23 – 25, 2022

Serfoji II, King of Tanjore from 1798-1832, was a uniquely enthusiastic patron and supporter of the arts and sciences. During his reign, classical South Indian Carnatic music flourished and his court featured regular performances of music brought to India by British colonists, including scores by Handel and Corelli. A lover of both traditions, Serfoji experimented with ensembles of European and Indian instruments playing in hybrid styles, and introduced western instruments to Carnatic performance practice. The Folger Consort's performances, with musicians from both traditions, will present Carnatic music from Tanjore, speculative ‘cross-overs’, as well as European music from Serfoji’s library.


Join special guest presenter Indira Peterson for a related Early Music Seminar on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00pm. Access to the Early Music Seminar is free for Folger Consort subscribers.

We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: Attendees 12 years old and over are required to show proof of vaccination with a photo ID. All attendees are required to wear a mask. Fully vaccinated musicians will not be wearing masks while performing. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19. Click here for more information on how we are keeping our audience and performers safe.


Who's Who

Jessica Beebe
Artistic Director, Viol
Artistic Director
Sruti Sarathy
Violin, Voice
Larry Schipull
Mridangam (Sep 24)
Praveen Sparsh
Mridangam (Sep 23 & 25)