Pillars of Indian classical music to perform at Pt Bhimsen Joshi Music Festival in Pune

The stalwarts of Indian classical music are set to take the stage this weekend in Pune for the ninth Bharat Ratna Pt Bhimsen Joshi music festival. The first day will feature a performance by famous singer Mansi Kulkarni Deshpande, accompanied by Nilesh Randive on tabla.

Organized by Kalashree Sangeet Mandal with the support of Abhijeet Gaikwad, Chairman of Aundh Social Foundation, the three-day event is being held at Pt Bhimsen Joshi Kalamandir, Aundh. This year, the prestigious Pt Bhimsen Joshi Prize will be awarded to Kishore Deshmukh.

Violinist Yadnyesh Raikar, best known for combining Indian and Western styles, will also perform on the first day, with Pandurang Pawar on tabla. The final performance on June 11 will be by Pt. Shrinivas Joshi, son of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. Kishor Korde will be on tabla and Gangadhar Shinde on harmonium.

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June 12 will feature the students of the Kalashree Sangeet Mandal. Hindustani classical singer Yashasvi Sarpotdar will also perform alongside Umesh Purohit and Nilesh Randive on tabla. Pt Aviraj Tayde, the first recipient of the Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Kalagandraj Award, is also set to perform, accompanied by Prabhakar Pandav on harmonium and Pandit Mukundraj Deo on tabla. The last performance of the day will be a Kathak dance by Purva Shah.

On the third day, Pt. Hemant Pendse will perform, accompanied by Uday Kulkarni on harmonium and Pranav Gurav on tabla. Afterwards, Nandkishore Dhore will play tabla and will be accompanied by Gangadhar Shinde on the harmonium. Pt. Vikas Kashaalkar, accompanied by Praveen Kasalikar on harmonium and Prashant Pandav on tabla, will give the final performance of the festival.

Gerald R. Schneider