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For the last 44 years, the annual musical jamboree featuring Pandit Jasraj has become a part of the city’s DNA

If the architecture and ambience of Chowmahalla Palace is breathtaking, then the yearly Pandit Motiram-Pandit Maniram festival is the icing on the cake. This event, currently in its 44th year, has captured the imagination of music lovers for many years. This time, the three-day Sangeet Samaroha is being staged at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) to reach out to more connoisseurs.

The theme this year is ‘Raagas on Tabla’ and the event will take place today. Conceptualised by Durga Jasraj and composed by Kedar Pandit, ‘Raagas on Tabla’ puts the percussion instrument at the epicenter of the activity.

The concept was tried out in Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Pune earlier. Pandit Jasraj adds, “Exposure to music is important. It should become a part of the curriculum from primary school onwards. Parents should encourage their kids to pursue their passion.”

Along with eminent classical singer Pandit Jasraj, artistes such as Charudutta Phadke, Vinay Ramdasan, Rohit Mujumdar, Sukhad Munde, Ajay Atre, Kedar Paranjape, Nilesh Randive and Saurabh Vartak mesmerised the crowd numbering a few thousands on the inaugural day. The next day, Mewati Gharana’s disciple Niraj Parikh, Pandit Venkatesh Kumar performed Hindustani vocals, while Pravin Godkhindi enthralled the audience with his flute. Ankita Joshi, a disciple of Pandit Jasraj, would also be performing at the event today, along with Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota.

The event is an annual affair being held in memory of Pandit Jasraj’s father, Sangeet Ratna Pandit Motiram and his elder brother and Guru Sangeet Mahanohopadhya Pandit Maniram.

Entry: Free. Details: 23117050

Shyam Yadagiri

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