Up-and-coming names in dance and music perform for 12 hours at Pune festival

Hailing from different parts of India, 176 promising singers, musicians and dancers performed continuously for 12 hours at the 21st Brahmanad Sangeet Mahotsav in Dhayri. The event was organized by Brahmanad Kala Mandal in collaboration with Saunskar Bharti and Dhareshwar Vidya Va Krida Pratisthan.

The event started at 7 a.m. and went past the decided time of 12 p.m. It was divided into four parts and featured dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi along with Bada Khayal, Chota Khayal, NatyaSangeet, Tappa, Thumri and Tarana in music.

An overview of the 21st Brahmanad Sangeet Mahotsav in Dhayri.

Sanjay Garud, 45, from Brahmanad Kala Mandal, said: “Over the past two years, we have lost a number of legendary artists, from Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Jasraj to Pandit Birju Maharaj. I thought emerging artists might be willing to pay homage and express their feelings through their performances. For this, two to three hours would not be enough, so we decided, for the first time, to organize a 12-hour event.

Among the performers who left the audience spellbound was 25-year-old artist from Kolkata, Medha Basu. She belongs to Patiala Gharana and is a student of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. “It was my first time performing in Pune. Everything I had heard was true, the audience here is so attentive and appreciates you if you play well. During the show, the power suddenly went out but no one left their seats,” she said.

An overview of the 21st Brahmanad Sangeet Mahotsav in Dhayri.

Prashant Ramlinge, 45, a kathak dancer, said: “Rarely does this kind of event take place where various art forms share the same stage. As an artist, I had the chance to see and learn from different performances. It was hard to prove ourselves after Pakhawaj’s great play. But we did our best and the audience here is very knowledgeable about the art forms and they loved our dancing.

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