Confluence of Indian classical music

The 38th edition of the Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar festival organised by Kala Academy Goa will be inaugurated at Dinanath Mangeshkar auditorium at 5.45 p.m. by minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude on November 2. The festival will be held on November 2, 3 and 4 and will see the participation of top vocalists and instrumentalists of India.

Prior to the inaugural function, the, curtain raiser event of the festival, a Symposium on the topic ‘Indian Classical Music And Its Aesthetics’ will be held between 10.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m. on November 2 at the Black Box in which speakers and experts of music namely Pt. Dinkar Panshikar, Dr Vidhyadhar Vyas and Dr Ajay Pohankar will participate and present their views in the threadbare discussion session to be moderated by noted music critic Mukund Sangoram.

After the inaugural function, vocalist Ustad Arshad Ali Khan from Kolkata will present a classical vocal concert at 6.00 p.m. The first day’s session will conclude with santoor instrumental concert by Pt. Satish Vyas, disciple of Santoor Maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma.

On November 3, the session will begin at 10.00 am with classical vocal Recital by Goan artist Veena Mopkar followed by vocal concert to be presented by Dr Arun Dravid, exponent of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana and disciple of Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar. The session will conclude with Harmonium Solo Concert by Pt. Vishwanath Kanhere.

The evening session will begin at 4.00 p.m. with classical vocal concert by Agra Gharana Vocalist Bharathi Prathap, a disciple of Vidushi Lalith Rao from Bengaluru. Dhanashree Pandit Rai, Senior, a disciple of Shobha Gurtu from Mumbai will present thumri vocal concert followed by classical vocal rendition by Kirana Gharana vocalist Pt Arnab Chatterjee from Kolkata. The concluding concert on will be presented by Pt Kushal Das (Sitar) from Kolkata.

On November 4 Shobha Choudhary, Gwalior Gharana vocalist from Indore will present a vocal concert at 10 a.m. This will be followed by a vocal concert by Bhendibazar Gharana vocalist Anuradha Kuber from Pune. The concluding concert of the morning session will be presented by Padma Shri Awardee Ustad Moinuddin Khan (Sarangi) from Jaipur.

The concluding session of the Samaroha will open at 4.00 p.m wherein Goan young vocalist Sandesh Khedekar will present classical vocal recital followed by vocal concert by Agra Gharana vocalist Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan from Kolkata. Pt Kedar Narayan Bodas, Gwalior Gharana Vocalist will present classical vocal and the festival will conclude with instrumental jugalbandi concert of tabla and mridangam by Tabla Maestro Pt Kumar Bose (Kolkata) and Mridangam Vidwan Thiruvaarur Bakthavathsalam (Chennai).

All the above artists will be provided with instrumental support by renowned artists like Pt Omkar Gulwady, Ustad Mohmmad Akram Khan, Pt. Kalinath Mishra, Pt. Mukundraj Deo, Pt. Tulshidas Navelkar, Uday Kulkarni, Mayaiik Bedekar, Anish Kondurkar (Tabla), Dr Sudhanshu Kulkarni, Raya Korgaonkar, Chinmay Kolhatkar, Subhash Faterperkar, Siddhesh Bicholkar, Dattaraj Surkejar, Prasad Gawas (Harmonium), Sarwar Hussain (Sarangi), Vidwan V. L Kumar (Violin) and Vilas Palkar (Pakhawaj).