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Diwali Pahat: Pune’s roister from the break of dawn

This year, the early morning events during Diwali festive season held at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir kicked off by felicitating institutions that completed 100 years in the city.

pune Updated: Oct 18, 2017 23:17 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Actress and kathak exponent Sharvari Jamenis performs 'Footprint' a kathak dance recital organised by the Sarvotkarsh Trust at Shaniwarwada on Wednesday. The recital was held as a part of the Diwali Pahat legacy in the city. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

 Pune witnessed one of its first Diwali Pahat events (early morning events held during Diwali festive season) in 1992 organised by Punyabhooshan Diwali Pahat. It was a free-for-all event held at Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya, Sadashiv Peth. Satish Desai, one of the organisers shared, “Singer Suresh Wadkar held the first cultural meet (mehfil). It was an informal Indian seating arrangement. We suffered a loss of 1.75 lakh as we kept it free-for-all. We didn’t concentrate much on the loss and continued to hold such Diwali Pahats every year. The crowd kept growing every year and we eventually moved the venue to Bal Gandharva Rangmandir on JM Road. After the first two years, we also introduced a section of ‘Pakke Punekar’, where we felicitated ‘true Punekars’ every year. The first awardees were Sudhakar Moghe, Jagannath Shetty and Kasim Sheikh. It soon became a tradition wherein people or institutions who have made Pune proud were awarded a glass lantern.”

Mahesh Kale performing at a Diwali Pahat held at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir in Pune on Wednesday. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

This year also, the event held at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir kicked off by felicitating institutions that completed 100 years in the city. The awardees included Indian Institute of Architects, Lions International, Anandashram, Niwara Old Age Home and Gujarati Kelwani Samaj. This was followed by a classical recital by national award winner singer Mahesh Kale.

Elsewhere in the city, MLA Anil Bhosale also held the annual Diwali Pahat in Bhosale Nagar, which had classical singers Aarti Ankalikar Tikkekar and Sanjeev Abhyankar set the mood for the morning.

Wednesday also witnessed a Diwali Pahat event by Sarvotkarsh Public Charitable Trust at Shaniwarwada where classical dancer Sharvari Jemenis enthralled the audience.

The city also saw two more events at Yashwantrao Chavan Natya Gruha, Kothrud and Sarasbaug.

Don’t miss:
October 19

1. What: Stand-up comedian Makrand Tillu
Where: Shaniwarwada
When: 5.30-8am

2. What: Musical event of Hindi and Marathi songs
Where: Yashwantrao Chavan Natya Gruha, Kothrud

1. What: Music performance by Radha Mangeshkar and Rajesh Datar
Where: Shaniwarwada
When: 5.30-9am

2.. What: Rashtriya Kala Akadami will hold a deepostav event
Where: Chatushrungi
When: 6.30pm

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 22:57 IST