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Thanks to Vasantotsav; Hindustani classical music to come alive on stage

The classical music festival circuit in Pune will begin humming again with Vasantotsav turning into the main music occasion to return as Covid-19-initiated limitations straightforwardness and immunizations take off.

While one-off melodic projects have been coordinated, the yearly apparatuses had not been held since March a year ago. Numerous mainstream social occasions in the city had either been deferred or canceled because of the pandemic.

In any case, music sweethearts have now been allowed the chance to relish distinctive type of classical music by Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Pratishthan. Vasantotsav will be held from February19 to 21 at Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch from 4pm to 10pm.

Vocalist Rahul Deshpande, grandson of late Vasantrao, said, “This will be the 14th edition of Vasantotsav and it shall mark the conclusion of the year-long celebrations of Vasantrao Deshpande’s birth centenary. As always, music lovers can look forward to a mix of different genres of music at Vasantotsav 2021, including dhrupad, classical, percussion along with the combination of Carnatic and Hindustani classical music.”

The celebration will start with a presentation by Pt Jasraj’s pupil entertainer Ankita Joshi of Mewati Gharana followed by senior Dhrupad performer Pt Uday Bhavalkar’s exhibition. The last meeting will see an exhibition by Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan (sitar), Mukesh Jadhav (tabla), Ranjit Barot (percussion) with co-specialists.

On February 20, the program will begin with a presentation by noted sitar player Shakir Khan. He will be trailed by entertainer Vijay Koparkar and a joint exhibition by flute player Rakesh Chaurasia and Venu woodwind maestro Shashank Subramaniam. The day will finish up with a presentation by traditional performer Anand Bhate.

The most recent day of the celebration will include senior tabla player Pt. Yogesh Samsi’s supporter Yashwant Vaishnav and Pt Nayan Ghosh’s child and follower Ishaan Ghosh. This will be trailed by a program of ghazals by Pankaj Udhas. The celebration will finish up with an exhibition by performer Rahul Deshpande, joined by Murad Ali on sarangi.

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