Pune, November 15, 2017: A good mix up of the veteran & the young artists will be performing at the 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav this year. The artist line up for the festival set to commence from 13th and 17th December, was announced by Shrinivas Joshi, Executive President of the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal during a Press Conference held in Pune today.
The 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav will have performances of 28 renowned artists that include veterans as well as nine promising youngsters who will be performing for their first time in Sawai. The festival will take place at the New English School Raman Baug Ground. The timing of the 1st & 4th day would be from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, while for 2nd & 3rd day would be from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. The 5th day of the festival would run from 11:45am to 10:00pm. The timing of the fourth day (Saturday, December 16th) may get extended up-to 12 midnight subject to approval from the concerned Government authorities.
This year, Union Bank of India, P. N. Gadgil & Sons, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd. and Nanded City are the title sponsors of this mega music fest. Whereas, SEED Infotech Ltd, Bharati Vidyapeeth and Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd. are the main sponsors. In addition, Amit Enterprises Housing Ltd would be live digital streaming partner and Sixth Element is the Outdoor Media Partner of the festival. Indian Magic Eye is the branding and communications partner of the event.
Detailed flow of the festival-
The first performance of the day 1 (Wednesday, December 13) of the 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav will start with Shehnai recital by Madhukar Dhumal. This will be followed by Dr. Vijay Rajput, a vocalist from Delhi, currently staying in England, who had got a chance to learn from Pt. Bhimsen Joshi for certain time. Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya from Kolkata will be performing Chaturangi (Slide Guitar) on the same day. Bhattacharya is the disciple of Ajoy Chakrabarty & Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabra. He will be followed by the veteran vocalist duo of Benaras Gharana Pt. Rajan – Sajan Mishra. The first day will end with the mesmerizing flute performance by Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
The second day of the festival will mark the recital by vocalist Bhuvanesh Komkali, grandson of Kumar Gandharv. He will be followed by Violin (Hindustani) performance by Kala Ramnath. The famous vocalist of Patiyala Gharana Kaushiki Chakraborty, disciple & daughter of Ajay Chakrabarty will be performing on the same day, followed by the veteran vocalist Pt. Jasraj of Mewati Gharana.
On the third day of the festival, Gayatri Joshi, disciple of Vocalist Aarti Ankalikar- Tikekar & daughter & disciple of Pt. Shankarrao Vairagkar, will open the floor. Followed by another Sawai debutant Kushal Das, Sitar Player from Kolkata’s Senia Gharana. Vocalist of Patiyala Gharana Samrat Pandit, disciple & son of veteran vocalist Pt. Jagdish Prasad will also be performing on this day, followed by the veteran vocalist Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar.
The fourth day will be unfolded by the performance of Tushar Datta, vocalist from Kolkata who is disciple of Pt. A. Kanan & a Professor in Sangeet Research Academy of Kolkata and followed by Pt. Bhajan Sopori & Abhay Rustum Sopori, the Father-Son Santoor Player duo from Kashmir. Next performance will be by Pt. Upendra Bhat, veteran vocalist & disciple of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. Also, famous Vocalist of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana Aarti Ankalikar-Tikekar will be performing on the same day will be followed by Kathak dancer Prachi Shah.
The fourth day will end with the recital by veteran vocalist Padma Talwalkar. The fifth day will start with the performance of the vocalist Mahesh Kale, disciple of Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. Followed by Violin Player Padma Shankar (Karnatak Music). She will be followed by vocalist of Kirana Gharana Sudhakar Chavan, disciple of Pt. Shrikant Deshpande. The Father-Son Sarod Player duo Rajan Kulkarni & Sarang Kulkarni from Pune will be performing on the same day and will be followed by vocalist Anand Bhate, disciple of Bharatratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. This will be followed by Sitar Player Ustad Shujaat Khan, disciple and son of Sitar Maestro Vilayat Khan. As per the tradition, the festival will end with the divine performance by veteran vocalist Dr. Prabha Atre of Kirana Gharana.
The artists who will be performing for the very first time during Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav include Dr. Vijay Rajput, Debashish Bhattacharya, Gayatri Joshi, Kushal Das, Tushar Datta, Abhay Rustum Sopori, Prachi Shah, Padma Shankar & Sarang Kulkarni.
Details about the tickets
Season ticket for chair will cost Rs. 3000/- & Rs. 4000/- . The season ticket of Indian seating from Rs.500/- . The daily ticket for Indian seating category would be Rs.150/-, While on the fourth and fifth day of the festival (December 16 and 17) the daily ticket will be Rs. 200/- . The tickets will be made available from 1th December from 9am at Behere Ambewale, Shanipar, Bodhani Traders, Opp. Kamala Nehru Park, Navdikar Musicals, Opp. Yashwantrao Chavan theatre & Abhiruchi Foods run by Swapnil Satbhai at Aranyeshwar, Sahakarnagar. The online ticket booking will also start on 1th December from 9am on www.sgbm65.com.