C'mon Maharashtrian! Gear up to celebrate your statehood along with the classical legends.
India like the rest of the world is still in the grips of the coronavirus lockdown. Things are tough out there, but with millions of people checking out from their sofas on coronavirus updates, there are plenty of ways to feel engaged even in isolation during this Maharashtra Day.
Sakal Media Group is bringing to you virtual Darbar Swarancha, a day-stream event on Friday, May 1. The event will feature a marathon of classical legends starting from 11 A.M onwards.
From Shaunak Abhisheki to Begum Parween Sultana and Ustaad Dilshadji performing together, each artist will do an hour set. Musicians will play some of their favorite folk songs while sharing their inspiring words with renowned anchor-artist Sudhir Gadgil.
These are few of many legends that will be performing
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Pt. Anand Bhate
In a new wave of great Kirana tradition Anand Bhate, popularly known as Anand Gandharva, one of the great promising artists. He had the privilege of being trained under great Indian vocalist Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi. He played at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva music festival in Pune on various occasions.
He has participated in many prestigious music conferences across India and abroad including Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Samaroha, Learnquest Music Conference, etc. His success in the US has entered the Marathi-speaking Diaspora. In 1984 he was invited to perform at the Chicago Brihan Maharashtra Mandal Convention where he captivated the crowd.
Anand is a professional committed and hard-working - both as an engineer and as a musician. He's not deterred by his hard job from following his passion, music.
Pt. Vijay Ghate
Vijay Ghate is known as one of the present generation's brightest and most entertaining tabla players. His fingertips conveyed all of the universe's unrivaled vibration. His physical and emotional nature is nothing but a rhythmic ocean. Playing tabla isn't just his passion but his faith. Of this instrument he is an enthusiastic Saadhak.
Vijay Ghate has created a Taalchakra trust call, which provides a forum for young and emerging artists and helps musicians under financially weaker conditions as well.
Performed at many major festivals around the world- Vijay Ghate is a recipient of Saraswati Bai Rane Puraskar, Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Puraskar, Pt. Jasraj Puraskar, and Padma Shri in 2014.
Ghate also worked with the jazz guitarist George Brooks and the saxophonist Larry Coryell.
Begum Parween Sultana
The breathtaking voice of Begum Parveen Sultana is renowned for its expression, clarity, and versatility. Spreading almost four octaves, in a moment, she can swing from cautious meditations to strong evocations of the divine.
Begum Parveen Sultana was a child prodigy and received her early training from her aunt, Ikramul Majid. She was later under the guidance of her Guru Ustad Mohammed Dilshad Khan. Her singing has acquired a new dimension, giving it the necessary mastery of ragas and voice culture. There have come a lot of awards and honors to her path.
In October 2018 Sultana lit up the Barbican Center in London to close the Darbar Festival, accompanied by the tabla by Mukundraj Deo and the harmonium by Tanmay Deochake.
Equally at home, she is a modern Hindustani beauty with classical khayal, devotional bhajan, and poetic thumri.
Ustad Dilshad Khan music of art belongs to Sikhar Gharana, which has brought Indian classical music to many stalwarts. He is the ninth generation to take Sarangi up in his house, having been a court musician at Sikar Rajasthan after his grandfather Ustad Azim Khan Saab, and his uncle, late Padma Bhushan Ustad Sultan Khan.
Born in Kolkata, he began learning tabla at the age of four, but later took up singing under the guidance of N.C Chakravorty, Banarjee Hidan and Gyan Prakash Ghosh. He got inspiration from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Khan became a disciple of Kirana Gharana vocalist Padmashree Faiyaz Ahmed Khan, after he moved to Mumbai permanently.
Today he shares stages with artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan, Sivamani, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, bank Louis, Parveen Aabida, and Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra to name a few.
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