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49th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan from tomorrow at Tagore

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Chandigarh : As in the past 48 years, the Pracheen Kala Kendra is all set again to treat classical music and dance lovers with splendid and exhilarating performances of artists of repute during the three-day festival of music and dance.

Pracheen Kala Kendra has the privilege of announcing 49th All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan this year from March 12 to March 16th , 2019. As we all know that Pracheen Kala Kendra is a philanthropic non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical arts as well as imparting quality education, training and conducting examinations in the field of performing and visual arts since its inception in 1956.

Pracheen Kala Kendra has been organizing this yearly festival since 1969 uninterruptedly. This year it is organizing 49th edition of the sammelan where almost all the legendary artists of Indian classical music (Vocal and Instrumental) and dances have performed time to time.

Entire community of artists feel a sense to gratitude towards the Pracheen Kala Kendra as they have grown with this institution. Their talent was spotted and patronized by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the time when they were nobody. So they have shared the Pracheen Kala Kendra has been instrumental in achieving the potential of these legendry artists of today. They feel proud to have performed on this prestigious stage of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan is hailed as one of the oldest and most prestigious music and dance festivals of India. Since its beginning in 1969, it has offered an ideal stage for the debut of many musicians and dancers.

The Sammelan has the distinction of being one of the few prestigious festivals which feature all the three branches of Classical music i.e. Gayan (Vocal), Vadan (Instrumental) and Nritya (Dance). This festival provides a magnificent opportunity to performers to showcase their endowments. To come on the stage of Pracheen Kala Kendra denotes beginning of an artist in the panorama of Indian classical music. Every year renowned artists

from all over the country participate in this Sammelan which is organized without charging any entry fee/tickets from the audience. The Kendra organizes this festival exclusively for the promotion of classical music. The City Beautiful Chandigarh and All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan have shared the journey of growth and evolution and the latter has put the city on the cultural map of the world.

Today, the Sammelan is a hallmark in the annual cultural calendar of Chandigarh. Since its start in 1969, almost all the leading luminaries from the field of classical dance and music have had the occasion to be part of the annual Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan. This is evident from the participation of Pt. Vinayak Rao Pattwardhan, Pt. Vinayak Rao Vyas, Ustad Bade Mubarak Ali Khan, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Jasraj, Guru Girija Devi, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Dr. Sharayu Kalekar, Smt. Sulochana Brahaspati, Vidushi Shubha Mudgal, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Dr. N. Rajam, , Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Debu Chaudhary, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Manilal Nag, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta, , Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Sanjukta Panigrahi, Guru Sonal Mansingh, Guru Kumkum Mohanty, Pandit Durga Lal, Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Guru Kundan Lal Gangani, Guru Sitara Devi, Guru Uma Sharma, Guru Shovana Narayan, Guru Shobha Koser, Guru Raja-Radha Reddy, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Mrs. Mamata Shankar to name just a few from the long list of truly top grade vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers. The list of artists is endless.

To continue this wonderful tradition of bringing people together for the appreciation of India’s cultural heritage, the Kendra this year organizes 48th edition of All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan from March 12th to 16th March 2019. The five-day festival features artists of international repute.

During their cultural festivals and convocations, Kendra also has the tradition of honoring eminent personalities for their outstanding contribution in their respective chosen fields. In the last 60 years Kendra has honored hundreds of persons of repute and excellence throughout India . This year Kendra has decided to honor , Mrs. Primila Puri , eminent Vocalist (Chandigarh), Sh. Ravindra Mishra , Senior most Art Critic (New Delhi), Sh. Kamal Tiwari , Prolific & Versatile Artist , (Chandigarh) & Sh. S.D. Sharma , Senior Art Critic, (Chandigarh) for their tireless contribution to promote Indian Classical art forms amongst future generations .
List of the participating artists and eminent personalities to be felicitated.

12th March

Inauguration& honoring of eminent personalities

1. Mrs. Primila Puri , eminent Vocalist (Chandigarh)
2. Sh. Ravindra Mishra , Senior most Art Critic (New Delhi)
3. Sh. Kamal Tiwari , Prolific & Versatile Artist , (Chandigarh)
4. Sh. S.D. Sharma , Senior Art Critic, (Chandigarh)

Vocal Recital by Pt. Venkatesh Kumar
Accompanied by Paromita Mukherjee on harmonium and
Parimal Chakraborty on Tabla

13th March

Ustad Asgar Ali Khan (Violin)
Accompanied by Ustad Akhtar Husain on Tabla
(Trio) Meenu Thakur (Kuchipudi), Vani Madhav (Odissi) & Swati Tiwari (Kathak)

14th March

Sh. Ajay Prasanna (Flute) accompanied by Abhishek Mishra on Tabla
Sh. Debasish Bhattacharyya & Sh. Parimal Chakraborty (Slide Guitar/Tabla)

15th March

Sh. Ram Kumar Mishra & Rahul Mishra (Tabla Duet) accompanied by Rajendra Banerjee on harmonium
Sh. Soumitra Lahiri (Sitar ) accompanied by Sh. Tanmoy Bose (Tabla)

16th March

  1. Sh. Narendra Nath Dhar (Sarod) accompanied by Sh. Durjay Bhowmick (Tabla)
    Smt. Kanaka Sudhakar & Troupe (Bharatnatyam)


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