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Strike a Classical note

Vasantotsav, an Indian Classical music fiesta is back with sits seventh edition to mesmerise Puneites with some lilting melodies

Witness the confluence of soul-stirring music at Vasantotsav, a music festival that is organised by Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Pratishthan every year in the memory of Late Dr Vasantrao Deshpande, a renowned Hindustani Classical vocalist who was also a great performer of Natya Sangeet. The three-day event will feature performances by talented musicians and vocalists.

Abhijit Pohankar, Rahul Deshmukh, Swapnil Bandodkar and Vijay Ghate
Abhijit Pohankar, Rahul Deshmukh, Swapnil Bandodkar and Vijay Ghate

“We have been organising Vasantotsav, since the past six years. This year too, we hope to present a gala that offers an enchanting mix of music that regales audiences,” says Rahul Deshpande, grandson of Dr Vasantrao Deshpande.
Vasantotsav 2014 will commence with a performance by Teejan Bai, an exponent of Pandavani, which is a traditional performance art form from Chhattisgarh. While performing Pandavani, one enacts tales from the Mahabharata with support of musical accompaniments.

Vocalist Kaushiki Chakravarty and tabla player Vijay Ghate are set to enthrall music buffs on the second day along with a performance by internationally-acclaimed sitar player Niladri Kumar and tabla player Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

The third day will be a treat for audiences with Vikku Vinayakram showing his prowess on ghatam. The concluding performances will include three young artistes — Abhijit Pohankar, Swapnil Bandodkar and Rahul Deshpande.

Apart from the cultural programme, this year, Vasantrao Deshpande Smruti Samman will be conferred upon Kathak exponent Roshan Date and music scholar Deepak Raja. A memento and a cash prize of R51,000 will be presented to both the artistes on the occasion. On the other hand, young Classical singer Latesh Pimpalkhare will be honoured with the Vasantrao Deshpande Udayonmukh Kalakar and will be presented with a R25,000 cash prize.

From January 17 to 19, 6 pm to 10 pm
AT New English School, Ramanbaug Ground,
Shanivar Peth. Tickets R5,000 (sofa for three people), R600 (chair) and R200 (Bhartiya Baithak)

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