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Home / Pune News / Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav to be held from December 11-15 in Pune

Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav to be held from December 11-15 in Pune

Pune’s prestigious classical music festival, organised by the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal will be held at the Maharashtriya Mandal Krida Sankul, Mukundnagar

pune Updated: Oct 03, 2019 16:31 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Begum Parween Sultana (centre) singing at 66th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav at Maharashtriya Mandal Krida Sankul, Mukundnagar. This will be the 67th year of the iconic music festival and will be held for five days.
Begum Parween Sultana (centre) singing at 66th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav at Maharashtriya Mandal Krida Sankul, Mukundnagar. This will be the 67th year of the iconic music festival and will be held for five days.(HT/PHOTO)

Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Pune’s prestigious classical music festival, organised by the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, will be held between December 11 and 15 in the city.

“This will be the 67th year of the iconic music festival and will be held for five days,” said Shrinivas Joshi, executive president, Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal.

While the festival was first started by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in 1952, it has grown in popularity as a classical music only festival over the past decades.

The mahotsav will be held at the Maharashtriya Mandal Krida Sankul, Mukundnagar. Last year, the mahotsav was held for the first time at Mukundnagar after Ramanbaug school denied the organisers permission to use school grounds. Officials are expecting an increase in audience keeping in mind the increase in space for audience and parking.

During its 60th year, the festival was held for six days and since then every year the festival runs over a span of five days, added Joshi. According to office bearers, it was done so to accommodate young talent and provide them with a platform.