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Classical music fest in Udaipur begins from February 22

by RajasthanDirect
Feb 16, 2013

Musical notes are set to reverberate across Udaipur when 51st Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroh begins on February 22.

The three-day musical extravaganza organized in Town Hall will witness performances by renowned artists.

This year’s chief attraction will be Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi exponent Mallika Sarabhai. She will be felicitated with the Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Puraskar.

Some of the recipients of this award are Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Jasraj.

Artists set to perform at the festival are Umakant-Ramakant Gundecha (Dhrupad), Pandit Ronu Majumdar (flute), Dona Ganguly (Odissi), Niladri Kumar (sitar), Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Parween Sultana and Ustad Dilshad Khan (duet vocal), besides other music heavyweights.

PP Chattaraj, convener of the samaroh said, “Fifty years ago when the first sangeet samaroh was held at a railway training school, little did we realize that one day it would become a regular feature in the cultural calendar of the city. Till date, about 900 eminent musicians, including legends have performed here.”

Local as well as international tourists come to attend the festival every year. “The icing on the cake is that the organization is now receiving requests to hold similar concerts outside Udaipur. We have decided to take up these requests next year,” he added.

Music lovers don’t have to pay a penny to enjoy the performances of the artists, which is another reason for the festival’s soaring popularity.

Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Parishad was established in Udaipur in 1962, and is one of the oldest cultural organizations in the state.

The parishad works towards promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of music and dance.

Since then, the parishad has been organizing monthly classical music concerts and seminars for the young. The organization also boasts of an office with a training academy, a music library and a small auditorium.

It has also instituted the Kumbha MN Mathur award which is given to a young and promising musician every year. Sitarist Niladri Kumar will be given the MN Mathur award this year on the third day of the festival.

src: TOI


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