‘Gaana Saraswati Mahotsav’ 2017 to commence on February 17th

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Pune – Natyasampada Pratishthan and HARMAN present the FIFTH edition of this Grand Classical Music Festival
Pune, 2nd February 2017: Natyasampada Pratishthan founded by Late Natashreshtha Prabhakar Panshikar commenced a melodious endeavour, ‘Gaana Saraswati Mahotsav’, a Classical Music festival in 2013. This event acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional contribution of Padma Vibhushan Gaana Saraswati Smt. Kishori Amonkar in the field of Indian Classical Music. This year’s Gaana Saraswati Mahotsav will take place between the 17th and 19th of February over four sessions at Mahalaxmi Lawns (near Rajaram Bridge) in Pune. This grand three-day festival of Indian Classical Music will feature senior legendary artistes as well as talented upcoming artistes.

HARMAN, the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, has been associated with this event as the title sponsor since the event’s inception. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. This year’s event is also supported by Fleet Guard, Tata Capital, Kesari Tours, Sohum Udyog, and others.

‘HARMAN has been partnering with Gaana Saraswati Mahotsava since its inception. We are proud of this association as this event provides a unique platform to the exceptional musical talent of our country and also offers an opportunity to music lovers to appreciate this talent,’ said Mr. Pradeep Chaudhry, Country Manager, HARMAN India.

The festival will commence on Friday, the 17th of February at 4.00 PM with a Carnatic vocal performance by Trichur Brothers. Their performance will be followed by a vocal recital by Swarnima Gusain. Gundecha Brothers will follow with a Dhrupad vocal recital. This session will end with a Tabla recital by the legendary artiste Ustad Zakir Hussain.

The second day of the festival, Saturday, the 18th of February, will begin at 4.00 PM with a Sitar recital by Shakir Khan. His performance will be followed by a vocal recital by Pandit Shaunak Abhisheki. Vidushi Shobana will follow with a Bharatanatyam dance performance. The session will end with a violin recital by Dr. N. Rajam.

The morning session of the third and last day of the festival will begin at 9.00 AM on Sunday, the 19th of February. The legendary Gaana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar will herself perform in this session.

The evening and last session of the event will begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday, the 19th of February with a Flute recital by Pandit Pravin Godkhindi. Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar will follow with his vocal recital. The festival will end with a grand finale by the legendary vocalist Vidushi Girija Devi.

The event will also include two felicitations. The legendary mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Shivaraman will be felicitated on the 17th of February with the Gaana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar Puraskar and Vidushi Girija Devi will be conferred with the Gaana Tapaswini Mogubai Kurdikar Puraskar on the 19th of February for their lifelong contributions in the field of music. The award comprises of a citation and a Rs.51,000/- in cash.

Donation passes for this event are available at www.kyazoonga.com. Donation passes will also be available February 8th onwards at Navdikar Musicals (Kothrud), Shirish Traders (opposite Kamala Nehru Park), Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Tilak Smarak Mandir, and City Pride Theatre (Kothrud).