The 140th edition of the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan concluded with spellbinding performances by acclaimed flautist Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia and vocalist Channu Prasad Mishra on Sunday at Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar.
Besides this, sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee, tabla players Pandit Vijay Ghate, Pakhavaj player Pandit Bhavani Shankar, singer Meeta Pandit and vocalist Purnima Kulkarni also performed on the final day.
“I have come here at least 10 times. I can never forget when I would see people coming in bullock carts amid dense fog just to listen to us,” Chaurasia said.
“That would simply amaze me. Many great artistes, who would think twice before performing anywhere else loved to participate in the Harivallabh Sammelan. Performing here is like getting an award. Even Ustad Bismillah Khan has performed here, who otherwise was hard to convince for giving a performance,” he said.
Vocalist Pandit Channu Lal Mishra, who has sung for movies like Arakshan, said that Harivallabh has the best audience which is hard to find anywhere else. “People here listen with their heart. Hunar bekar hai, agar koi chaahne wala na ho. Here we get a lot of appreciation,” he said. He said he told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that schools and colleges should not teach music theoretically and focus on the practical training of classical music.