Musical free spirits
A unique concert, Bolava Vitthal, consisting of Abhangs and devotional music to celebrate Aashadi Ekadashi will be happening in the city, this Sunday
Immerse yourself in a spiritual experience as a soulful concert of Abhangs, the form of Bhakti poetry sung for Lord Vitthal as well as other devotional songs happens in the city, this Saturday.
As it happens to be Aashadi Ekadashi, the event, Bolava Vitthal will serenade music lovers and devotees alike with the concert’s sole dedication to Lord Panduranga.
As it is known, the Ekadashi is perceived as one of the most auspicious days for Hindu devotees who commemorate the day, especially in Maharashtra, by walking towards shrines and temples of the deity while singing Abhangs the whole way.
The one-of-a-kind concert, Bolava Vitthal, was initially conceived as a meeting ground for both music lovers as well as devotees to listen to maestros singing in the praise of Lord Vitthal which is yet another name for Lord Panduranga. This time, the rare concert will be featuring performances of eminent artistes like Suresh Wadkar, Devaki Pandit, Rahul Deshpande, Jayateerth Mevundi, Sawani Shende, Shaunak Abhisheki and Ranjani-Gayatri.
Shashi Vyas, Director of Pancham Nishad Creatives, the organisation behind the event, shares, “It gives us great pleasure to bring to Pune the unique cultural event.
The initiative has been taken to popularise the rich traditional genre of devotional music known as Abhangwani which was penned by many saints like Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram, Sant Gora Kumbhar, Sant Chokha Mela and Sant Janabai to name but a few.”
Talking about the eminence of the form, Vyas reflects, “The devotional music, in general, has been broadly divided into two parts — Sagun and Nirgun. With Abhang being a perfect blend of both, the event becomes a must-watch.”
The concert hopes to make Abhang a common form, amongst all age groups and not only in Maharashtra but also beyond.
“Bolava Vitthal is our effort to bring the youth closer to our traditional values and philosophy of life as it was visualised and conceived by saint poets such as Namdeo, Tukaram, Dyaneshwar and Bahinabai, who wanted to spread the spiritual reflections to all,” he concludes.
On July 20, 5.30 pm onwards
At Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Swargate, Bal Gandharva, JM Road.