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A two-day classical music festival will take place on the steps of the Asiatic Library to pay tribute to Mumbai’s cultural heritage

music Updated: Jan 11, 2013 17:55 IST
Soumya Vajpayee

The season of classical music festivals in the city continues with yet another offering. The Indian Heritage Society (IHS) is organising a two-day event, Mumbai Sanskriti, which will celebrate the city’s rich cultural legacy, including its unique architecture. To be held on January 12 and 13, the festival will take place on the steps of the imposing Asiatic Library near Horniman Circle.

Mumbai Sanskriti will kick off with performances by Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (sitar) along with Pandita Anuradha Pal (tabla), while day two will feature veteran dhrupad duo, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha.

Sharing the stage with Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is exciting as well as challenging for me since his preferences of compositions are quite complicated. And this experience will be extraordinary because we’re getting an amazing open-air venue to perform at, says Pal.

Commenting on the concept of organising concerts at prominent city spaces to promote the preservation of heritage, Khan says, It’s a perfect setting. I urge the Maharashtra government to promote more venues like this and encourage classical music. This year will also see more concerts under the banner of Mumbai Sanskriti being held at other heritage sites.

“We want to support local festivals and cultural events, preferably organised by the local residents so that they take pride in their city’s culture, says Anita Garware, chairperson, IHS.

The Madhya Pradesh-based Gundecha Brothers are excited about their performance as well, especially because there are no restriction on entry. Performing in Mumbai is always special. I’m glad that the festival is open to all. I also hope that in the future, we get a chance to perform at all important heritage spaces in India, says Umakant Gundecha.