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Standing ovations, encores conclude Pune’s Sawai Gadharva Bhimsen Mahotsav

The festival had a strong line up of musicians to conclude day five of the annual classical music festival.

pune Updated: Dec 18, 2017 15:10 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Prabha Atre singing on the final day of the 65th edition of Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav at Ramanbaug on Sunday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

The concluding day of the 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahostav was a day of standing ovations, thundering applause and encores by the audience who turned up in full force at the Ramanbaug school grounds.

This year, Sawai had some downfalls too with several traffic congestions and lack of security personnel. Also, though the differently-abled persons enjoyed every moment of the festival, they expressed displeasure over the non-existing ramps and user-friendly ways for them.

The festival had a strong line up of musicians to conclude day five of the annual classical music festival. Residents saw the maximum crowd at the opening of the day, when music lovers thronged to the Ramanbaug school grounds to listen to singer Mahesh Kale who gathered quite a fan following post his songs in the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli.

This is the second time he is playing at Sawai, the first being in 2011. “It’s always been a pleasure singing in front of the Sawai audience,” he said. Kale had the audience in a trance with his Khayal and he too felt that his rendition was his high point.

With an opening so big, Carnatic music player, violinist Padma Shankar, too, brought a different feel at Sawai this year. Her presentation of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s famous abhanga ‘Majhe Maher re Pandhari’, with Mauli Takalkar on the taal brought back memories for many in the crowd.

In fact, one of the accompanist with Ustad Shujaat Khan couldn’t hold back and said, “Despite being ill, Panditji (Bhimsen Joshi) would come on the last day of the festival and listen to the artiste while sitting in his car. Today, I feel as if he is right here with us, listening.”

Singer Anand Bhate’s rendition of Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma received a standing ovation and an encore. Shrinvas Joshi couldn’t resist coming on the stage to praise his singing.Rajan Kulkarni and Sarang Kulkarni , the father –son duo, debuted with Sarod and had the audience praising their music when they performed a jugalbandi.

While senior artiste Ustad Shujaat Khan had the audience in a trance with his fingers moving briskly over the sitar and also sang a song, Kahan Rukne Ke Raste which got him a standing ovation.

The festival concluded with veteran singer of Kirana Gharana’s Dr Prabha Atre taking the audience into an ethereal world of raga Jog Kansa.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 15:08 IST