A festival for pakhawaj

Mar 14, 2014, 00:09 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

For the first time in the city Pakhawaj Parva, a three-day festival of the instrument will take plce and have 25 renowned artists regaling city audience

Dhrupad Sansthan from Bhopal in association with city-based Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, is organising Pakhawaj Parva, a three-day festival of pakhawaj, the Indian percussion instrument in the city. Conceived as a tribute to veteran pakhawaj maestro Pandit Ramashish Pathak, it will see performances by 25 renowned pakhawaj artistes.

Akhilesh Gundecha

Akhilesh Gundecha, organiser of the event says, “This is the first time a pakhawaj festival is happening in Maharashtra in which artists from all over the country who play this instrument will be perform together.” The city became a favoured destination as it is the only place that has the highest concentration of musicians who learn pakhawaj.

He further shares, “Youngsters in the city enjoy the percussion instrument as it is played by warkaris during the traditional bhajans. This is a very old instrument and has its own sound effect when played during the recital of classical songs.”
The first day will have a performance of pakhawaj players including Sangeet Pathak, Shubhashish Pathak (both, sons of Pandit Ramashish Pathak) and Anil Choudhary.

In the last session of the second day, Akhilesh Gundecha himself will team up with Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh, Rameshchandra Joshi and Ruturaj Bhosale.

On the last day, a special module has been planned called Mrudunga Kirtan. Pakhawaj players Omkar Dalvi, Govind Billare, Sujit Lohore and Ganesh Papal will be performing.

Sarangi is another instrument that will regale the music lovers of the city. Pandit Santosh Mishra, Ustad Farooq Latif Khan, Iliyas Khan and harmonium players Chinmay Korhatkar and Santosh Ghante also hope to enthrall the music lovers at the event.
This festival is open to all and does not have any entry fee. Seats are allotted on first come first serve basis.

Till: March 16 , 6 pm onwards
At: Sawai Gandharava Samarak, Shivaji Nagar.

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