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December 2, 2007 / lazybug

Images From a Music Festival

The 35th annual Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Mahotsav has been on in Hyderabad since the 29th of November. The event (free for all!) is organised by the Dept. of Culture, Govt. Andhra Pradesh and the Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj International Centre of Cultural and Aesthetic Studies at Nizam College. Needless to say, the performances were mesmerising. Yesterday and today I was audience to performances by Shashank (Karnatic Flute), Pandit Vijay Ghate (Tabla), Ustad Shahid Parvez (Sitar) and Pritam Bhattacharya (Hindustani Vocal), Ajay Pohankar (Hindustani Vocal).

I am appalled at how little attention these great musicians get from today’s mainstream media that cannot have enough of the filmy music. I am also glad, though, at the response this festival attracts. Yesterday, people sat till 12.00 midnight in open air during the chilling winter.

I was carrying my Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 and managed to snap some pics of the great artists who performed y’day night and today afternoon. Here are a few of them.

Chief guest of the occasion - ND Tiwari with Pundit Jasraj

Chief guest of the occasion – ND Tiwari with Pundit Jasraj

Flute Maestro - Shashank

Flute Maestro – Shashank

Volcalist Pritam Bhattacharya

Volcalist Pritam Bhattacharya

The Awesome Tabla Maestro - Pandit Vijay Ghate

The Awesome Tabla Maestro – Pandit Vijay Ghate

Sitar Supremo - Ustad Shahid Parvez

Sitar Supremo – Ustad Shahid Parvez

Superb Tabla Player - Kedar Pandit

Superb Tabla Player – Kedar Pandit

Pandit Ajay Pohankar

Pandit Ajay Pohankar

Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj

Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar

Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar


The event ends tonight with a Sufi Kathak performance by Manjiri Chaturvedi, Tabla Solo by Pandit Vijay Ghate and a Hindustani Vocal recital by Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar. I might miss the Khatak performance but certainly not the other two.

P.S: Governor ND Tiwari referred to Telugu as Andhra Pradesh ki Rashtra Bhasha. I managed to control my laughter.



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  1. Bhamoti / Dec 3 2007 7:30 am

    Nice snaps!! Bad that I missed the event …. I never missed similar events back in Calcutta … Anyway better luck next time 🙂 …. what say?

  2. lazybug / Dec 3 2007 9:30 am

    Bhamoti, never mind. I too happened to miss the first 2 days of the event. I think Hariprasad Chaurasia’s son played flute on the first day.

    I’ll make sure to remind you just in case you are too occupied with work.

  3. Bhamoti / Dec 3 2007 10:25 am

    Yeah … Thanks … Listened to HariPrasad Chaurasia last December in Calcutta … and Pandit Jasraj as well …. it went on till 4 in the morning …. mesmerising!!!

  4. Liju Philip / Dec 3 2007 1:02 pm

    Oh wow…nice to see someone having an interest in classical music in these days of instant music. 😉

  5. lazybug / Dec 3 2007 4:34 pm

    That must have been one loooong concert Bhamoti!

    @ Liju: Thanks! But the fact is, that any one who appreciates good music, would love to be there. And live shows are just awesome!

  6. sridevi / Dec 4 2007 6:31 pm

    Glad to know that some of us paid their regards to these living legends….& I must appreciate you for these sharp photos…

  7. lazybug / Dec 5 2007 5:05 am

    Thank you, sridevi.

  8. Abhijit / Nov 13 2008 11:36 am

    hey ….anybody know when is it going to be held this year..its already november..i guess it shud be in the third/fourth week of november…anybody having concret dates…?

    reply asap……..

  9. Sachin / Nov 25 2008 5:06 am

    Can anybody please tell me that when and where it is held this year (2008) ?

  10. lazybug / Nov 25 2008 3:55 pm

    Hi Sachin,

    It’ll be held at the Nizam College from Nov 28 – 30.

  11. manimala / Oct 28 2009 1:49 pm

    please let me know about the programme at hyd this year 2009
    thanks a lot

    • Naveen / Nov 25 2009 10:48 am

      This year it will be held from 27-Nov-09 to 30-Nov-09, 7 pm; Venue changed to: Chowmahalla Palace, Near Charminar Bus station / Shah Ali Banda bus stop

      • Raghavan / Nov 26 2009 2:30 pm

        Who are the artistes coming this time.

  12. Bhavana / Apr 20 2010 11:05 am

    Hi, would you by any chance have the contact of the people who organise this fest?

  13. Body Detoxification · / Nov 3 2010 9:15 pm

    it is actually fun to be on music festivals because i love music so much ‘

  14. Crosby / Sep 14 2011 1:19 am

    Everyone loves your site! Have you got a myspace or fb page? I’d really like to get together and talk about certain things. I appreciate you for all your work.


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