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Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011: A Raison D’etre of Indian Music festivals

Posted on December 9, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment


The  city of Pune gets ready every year for one of the popular  music festivals – the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsava. Initiated by the noted Hindustani singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, this festival was held first in reverence of the great guru Sawai Gandharva. Rambhau Kundgolkar or Sawai Gandharva was a great vocalist and exponent of the Hindustani Music. All the musicians and the practicing artists across the world come here and pay respects to this great musician and render their works here in this get together. The disciples of Sawai Gandharva with the help of the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal organize this festival which goes on for three days. There are dancers, vocalists, musicians from across India and the world and they come together in this harmonious ambience of art and talent.

Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011

Earlier only the Kirana Gharana artists used to perform. But today artists from all the Gharanas come together and consider it a privilege to perform here. If an artist performs here then it signifies that the artist has been recognized and that he has landed in the music circles. Famous musicians and masters of the art perform here and the festival is thus an ideal platform for exhibiting the various forms of Indian music and dance.

Amidst the music festivals this year too this festival is going to be held with equal enthusiasm and is going to be called the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav in memory of the renowned Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who passed away in January 2011. Today in its 59th year of celebration, the festival is going to be held for five days instead of the usual three. Starting from December 7 the festival would continue till December 11. The venue is the New English School at Ram Baug Grounds. This year the festival is dedicated to the Kirana Gharana under the patronage of which Pandit Bhimsen Joshi flourished as a singer.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

December 7 would see Tukaram Daithankar on the Shehnai, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Pandit Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Sanjay Garud on the vocals, Tukaram Daithankar on the Shehnai , Pt. Satish Vyas on the Santoor.

Pandit Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

December 8 would have Mahesh kale and Shaila Datar on the vocals, Pt. Ronu Mazumdar on the flute and the saxophone maestro Kadri Gopalnath.

Kumar Mardur and Pt. Jasraj and Shankar Mahadevan would be on vocals on December 9 and Kartik Sheshadri would be on sitar.

On December 10, Yojana Shivanand, Shrinvas Joshi Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s son , and Pandita Malini Rajurkar would be on vocals, and Nritya Niketan would perform and Udipi dance and Shama Bhate’s Nadroop would showcase a special Sakar Nirakar Kathak dance. Then the sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan would give a finale performance.

December 11, 2011 has Omkar Dadarkar, Pt.Venkatesh Kumar and Nagaraj Rao Hawaldar and Padma Deshpande on the vocals, Smt. N. Rajam and Sangeeta Shankar on the violin, the final performance would be given by the veteran Prabha Atre of the Kirana Gharana on the vocals.

Prabha Atre

The programme would start at 4 in the evening and end at 10 in the night every day except on the first and the fourth day. ON these two days the programme would start at 3.30 p.m.

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