Celebrate bhaav and bandish of Thumri

To promote the steeply fading Hindustani classical music and bring outstanding young talent and maestros on the same platform, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of India, is organising 'Thumri festival' in the Capital. 9th edition of the three-day extravaganza will start at 6:30 pm on September 23, 2019 and will on until September 25, at Kamani Auditorium.Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will be the chief guest for the inaugural function.

"Thumri Festival is being organised on a grand scale for the past few years. Enthusiasm of the audience to attend such musical event is a sign that our effort to promote Hindustani classical music is being paid off. It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the event. I believe that this program will not only give a chance to people to explore the world of Thumri but also ensure us to reach out to people from across the spectrum," said Sisodia.

The evening of September 23 will witness some mesmerising performances by Devashish Dey, duo performance by Debapriya Adhikary and Samanwaya and Arati Ankalikar. Devashish Dey who was born in a music-loving family of Varanasi received his initial training under the tutelage of Pt Pashupati Nath Mishra, a stalwart vocalist of Banaras Gharana.

The evening will come to an end with an enthralling performance by Arati Ankalikar –Tikekar who is currently recognised as one of the top vocalists of the younger generation. Listening to her performances one sees a very pleasant blend of the various gharanas represented by her teachers.

On the second day of the festival, talented artists like Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee, Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra and Ashwini Bhide – Deshpande will be performing. Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee, born in a musical family, is one of the foremost Hindustani Classical vocalists in India. He received his initial training from his father, Professor Arun Kumar Chatterjee, a highly respected and accomplished representative of the Kirana Gharana, and from his mother Shefali Chatterjee. Thus, Sarathi's music now blends the elements of Benares Gharana into the Kirana Gharana "gayaki" of his original training. The audience also gets to listen to Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra. This will be followed by Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande's performance.

Last day of the festival will witness the performance of renowned artists like Pt Rajendra Sijuar, Dhanashree Pandit Rai and Pandit Channulal Mishra.Pt Rajendra Sijuaris one of the extremely talented and established vocalists of India. Representing the 'Gaya Gharana', which is generally known for its purabangthumri style Gayaki specialised in Bol Banao Thumri. His performance will be followed by another mesmerising act by Dhanashree Pandit Rai. She is one of the leading Semi-Classical vocalists in India today, her speciality being the 'Thumri'. Her repertoire spans Classical khayal, Thumri, Ghazal, bhajan and other semi-classical varieties.

The evening will be concluded with another melodious performance by Pandit Channulal Mishra. The festival has been drawing overwhelming response from audiences all across and has become a huge success.

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