Meeting of classical masters at Pt Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsav

The seventh Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsav jointly organised by Kala Academy, Department of Art and Culture, and Tarangini Sanskiritk Pratishthan will be held on October 2 and 3. This was revealed at a press conference by Mr Shaunak Abhisheki.

Present on the occasion were panel members, member secretary of Kala Academy, Dr Pandurang Phaldessai, Ms Sumedha Desai and Mr Makrand Bhrahme.
Tarangini is a trust set up by Pt Jitendra Abhisheki that has been organising music festivals in his fond memory in seven different cities like Pune, Mumbai, Ujjain, Nashik, Manipal, Bhopal. The Goa festival is the biggest of all Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsavs’ organised in the country. It has become one of the Sangeet Mahotsav that sees a large number of people taking part in it.
Till date internationally acclaimed artists have paid their musical tribute to this versatile genius. Great musicians like Malini Rajurkar, Pt Prabhakar Karekar, Pt Raja Kale, Pt Ajit Kadkade, Pt Mukul Shivputra, Ms Shubha Mudgal, Ms Arati Ankalikar, Pt Rajan and Pt Sajan Mishra, Pt Ajay Pohankar, Pt Vishwamohan Bhat, Ms Shruti Sadolikar, Ms Prabha Atre, Ms Devaki Pandit, Ms Sawani Shende, Mr Sanjeev Abhyankar, Mr Rahul Deshpande, etc have acknowledged the influence of Pt Jitedra Abhisehki in their careers.
The festival also gives a stage for Goan artists such as Pt Kamlakar Naik, Gauri Bhat, Pravin Gaonkar, Chandrakant Vernekar, Ustad Chote Rehmat Khan, etc to perform. This year too, audiences are going to be treated to an exquisite musical extravaganza where 26 internationally acclaimed artists will perform and pay homage to the master.
The artists include greats like Pt Ajoy Chakraborthy, Talyogi Pt Suresh Talwalkar, great violinist N Rajam, Pt Vyankatesh Kumar, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Thumri Maestro Prabhati Mukherjee, Kalpana Zokarkar, Pt Vijay Sardeshmukh, an amazing and enthralling Kaththak Ballet by Ms Rujuta Soman, Sitar veteran Manju Mehta, Pt Jitendra Abhisheki’s disciple Pt Rajeshwar Bobde and Hemant Pendse, young upcoming and budding singer, Sania Patankar and Goan artists, Vijay Dhamaskar and Nilesh Shinde.
The programme shall be free for all and the organisers have appealed to music lovers to enjoy the two days festival.
Main highlights of the programme
Pt Ajoy Chakraborty: Ajay Chakraborty is considered to be one of the finest vocalists currently performing in India today. He is a veritable trendsetter, demonstrating knowledge diverse forms of classical, light-classical and even modern vocal music. He showed extraordinary promise in vocal music and at the tender age of three, began taking lessons from his father Mr Ajit Chakraborty. He then learnt from Pannalal Samanta and Mr Kani Das Bairagi and later became a student of Padma Bhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. In 1969, his training took a decisive turn as he became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, son of the legendary maestro of the Patiala-Kasur gharana (school), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. His imagination and sensitivity to lyrics, coupled with his uncanny sense of rhythm, has made him the authentic exponent and leading representative of the famous Patiala gaikee (style of singing).
Taal Yogi- Pandit Suresh Talwalkar: Pt Talwalkar was born in the year 1948 at Mumbai and initially learned playing the tabla from his father Dattatrey Talwalkar. He trained under tabla players Pandharinath Nageshkar and Vinayakrao Ghangrekar, and studied the rhythm theory of Carnatic music and Hindustani classical singing.
His style draws from several gharanas (stylistic schools) and he accompanied classical musicians and dancer, Talwalkar frequently performed with sarangi player Ram Narayan since the late 1960s, accompanied classical singer Ulhas Kashalkar, and has toured in the United States, Europe and Africa. He taught tabla players, including Vijay Ghate and western drummers.
Ms Saniya (Kulkarni) Patankar: Ms Patankar gave solo concerts in Pune, Mumbai, Miraj, Aurangabad, Goa, Sawai gandharva Kundgol, Kolhapur, Karnataka, Baroda, Jaipur, Bhilai, New Delhi, Banglore, Chennai, Chhatisgarh, Indore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Nashik, Sangamner, Akola, Amravati, Latur, etc Apart from that, 32 solo concerts in USA and music workshop at Michigan University. She has mastery over Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Tappa, Gazal, Natyageet, Bhavgeet, Bhajans, Folk Music of Rajasthan and Punjab. Special programmes ‘Jugalbandi’ with Satar, Basri, theme concerts like ‘Basant Barkha’, ‘Krishna Charitra’, experiment with Kattakdance, ‘Santvani’, ‘Dhrupad te..’
N Rajam: N Rajan, born in 1939, ranks among the most eminent violin virtuosi of our time, What adds to her distinction is that she also holds a doctorate in traditional music and has contributed significantly to the field of musicological history and research. Presently she heads the Faculty of Performing Arts at Banaras Hindu University.
Coming from a family of traditional musicians from the South, Rajam had her first lessons in Carnaticmusic on the violin from the age of 4. Her father, A Narayana Iyer, was himself a well-known violinist, and he put her through a rigorous course of training.
She has come to be acclaimed as the first virtuoso to succeed in adapting khayal gayaki on the violin. A much sought-after violinist both at home and abroad, she is a recipient of Padmashri award, besides other accolades and distinctions.