The world's oldest musical event, the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan will celebrate 137th edition from December 28-30 at the Devi Talab Mandir. The event is organised by Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha. The sammelan attracts a huge gathering of music lovers from across the country.
The sammelan will be preceded by the music competition, which starts from Dec 25-27.
Vocalists Pandit Ajoy Chakrobarty from Kolkata, Pandit Channu Lal Mishra, Bhai Baldeep Singh, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Shobha Choudhary, Shashwati Mandal Paul, Sanhita Nandi, Prem Kumar Mallick (dhrupad) and Dr. Alankar Singh.
Niladri Kumar (sitar), Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Shashank Subbu (flute), Taufiq Qureshi (djembe), Vijay Ghate (tabla), Suryakant Khaladkar (sundry shehnai), among others, would be performing at the festival this year.
Rakesh Dada, treasurer, Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha, said that the dejembe will make a debut on the Harivallabh platform this year with the performance of son of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan. Another special feature would be the performance on piano by Utsav Lal.
"Harmonium jugalbandhi by Saarang Kulkarni and Sudhanshu Kulkarni is also an attraction. The other jugalbandi will be between sarod and flute played by Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Shahsank Subbu, respectively. Renowned artist belonging to Jalandhar, Manu Seen, will also perform on sitar," Dada said.
He added, "This time the Harivallabh Sangeet Samman will be conferred to Pt Yash Paul from Chandigarh for his outstanding contribution towards Indian classical music. The Harivallabh Sangeet Sewa Samman will be given to KL Jain and Ajay Kant Gupta for their untiring and exemplary services towards sangeet and the Mahasabha."
He added that the festival will try and keep the event as free from VIP culture as possible. "Entry for all will be from the same gate as we don't want to discriminate among music lovers, except for high-security VIPs like some bureaucrats and CM Parkash Singh Badal who will visit on first day," he said.
The sammelan will be aired live on DD Punjabi and on DD Bharti from 8 am to 1.30 am on Dec 28 and 29.
This year the sammelan is dedicated to the legends of the music world Pandit Ravi Shankar and Satguru Jagjit Singh who died recently. "We will also screen a documentary on Pt Ravi Shankar on the first day of the sammelan."
The annual music competition would have two categories comprising junior (11-16 years) and senior category (16-25 years).
The music lovers are also invited to become life members of the Mahasabha by making a one-time payment for Rs. 5,000 as subscription.
·The Djembe instrument which would debut on the prestigious platform is associated with Mandinka caste of blacksmiths, originated in West Africa during the first millennium AD.
·The piano comes as a special delight for the music lovers
· Artists including Utsav Lal (Piano), Prem Kumar Mallick (dhrupad), Suryakant Khaladkar (sundri, shehnai), Shobha Choudhary (vocal), Sudhanshu and Sarang Kulkarni (harmonium), Shashwati Mandal Paul (vocal), Taufiq Qureshi (djembe), Sanhita Nandi (vocal) will debut in this year's sammelan
· Film documentaries on classical music acquired from films division would be screened at the festival everyday. On the first day, a documentary dedicated to Pt Ravi Shankar shall be screened while on the second day, a documentary named 'Tarana' would be showcased, wherein the gharana disciples will be screened. On the third day, a short film on santoor featuring Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and others will be screened.