Bhavan's Cultural Centre, Andheri-Bhakti Shishir Sangeet Mahotsav 2017
Wasifuddin Dagar rendering the Drupad
A six day long Bhakti Shishir Sangeet Mahotsav 2017, was organized by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, in collaboration with Bhavan's Cultural Centre, Andheri, Mumbai to commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of saint Thyagaraja from 16th March upto 19th March, 2017.
On 16th the events commenced with Mangal Dwani of Nagaswaram by the bothers S. Kasim and S. Babu. This was followed by a Carnatic vocal recital by Smt. Amrutha Murali, Veena recital by Smt. Jayanti Kumaresh and Hindustani vocal recital by Sanjeev Abhayankar.
The second day function began with a Carnatic violin concert by Nagai Muralidharan followed by a Carnatic vocal recital by Smt. Gayatri Shankar and a Hindustani violin concert by Smt. Sangeeta Shanker.
The morning session on Saturday, 18th March began with Sufiana Kalam rendition of Shabir Ahmad Saznawaz and his troup from Kashmir, followed by Odissi music by Shri Gopal Chandra Panda from Odisha. They were followed by rendition of instrumental music by Shri Mahadeb Das Baul. This was followed by Kabir songs by Padmasri Dr. Bharati Bandu of Raipur and his large troupe.
Saturday 18th March, evening session began with a Hindustani Vocal recital by Rupesh Gawas from Goa. Shri Manda Anantha Krishna from Tirupati followed with a flute carnatic recital which was followed by Hindustani Sarod recital from Pandit Brij Narayan.
The final day, Sunday 19th March began with Abhang by Smt. Manjusha Patil from Pune, followed by Harikatha by M.V. Simhachala Sastry, followed by Nata Sankritan by Maniton Singh from Manipur.
The evening session saw a rendering of the Drupad vocal music by Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar followed by a Carnatic violin recital by Padma Vibhushan T.N. Krishnan. The series concluded with a Veena recital by Pandit Viswamohan Bhatt on Mohan Veena recital.

(With input from Lalitha Dhara, Cultural co-ordinator, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.)
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