Events & Happenings

A Musical January

Indian Classical Music seems to be a big hit this month. The Punekar follows the events.

The music scene in Pune has been tranquil and energetic, but off late, it seems to be on a huge high. Indian Classical Music has been the essence of the Puneri culture and has a very different connect with Punekars. The older generation is a patent at such events, but the younger generation seems to have taken a recent shine to it and music lovers come armed with gadgets to record the masters and photographers have a gala time clicking the action on their prized SLRs. With the great great daddy of Musical Festivals the Sawai and the amazing Damru Festival that quenched the thirst of music lovers in December, January seems to be flooding with Music all around as well. The New Year starts with a galore for Pune as musicians from the world over come to enthrall their favorite Puneri crowd who not only love their music but show detailed understanding of it as well. Here are the list of musical events Punekars are gearing up to.

Swar Zankar

Founded by Pandit Atulkumar Upadhye, a noted violinist, the event hopes to spread awareness and popularize Indian Classical Music. It covers cities like Aurangabad, Nashik, Kolhapur and ofcourse Pune. This is the 3rd year of this grand festival.
When: January 11, Friday to January 13th, Sunday
Where: New English School Grounds, Ramanbaug, Pune
Time: 6pm to 9pm on all 3 days


  • Pt. Shivkumar Sharma
  • Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia
  • Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan
  • Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty
  • Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar
  • Pt. Kaivalyakumar Gurav
  • Shri. Mukesh Jadhav & Shri. Bhavani Shankar [Jugalbandi]

Chair- Rs. 1000, Rs. 500
Bharatiya Baithak- Rs. 200
Students- Rs. 50
Contact: 8975003229


Vasantotsav is a tribute to the Musical Maestro Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande. It was first presented by Vasantrao Deshpande Pratisthan in 1985. His grandson Rahul Deshpande has given the event a new direction and his performances are enthralling.
When: 18th January, Friday to 20th January, Sunday
Where: New English School Ground, Ramanbaug, Pune
Time: 6pm to 10pm on all days.
Day 1 : Performances Featuring Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Shantanu Moitra, Swanand Kirkire and Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Day 2: Performances Featuring Yogesh Samsi, Anand Bhate, Jayateerth Mevundi and Rahul Deshpande
Day 3: Performances Featuring Mukhtiyar Ali and Kaluram Bamaniya and Rahul Deshpande
Sofa- Rs. 5000
Chair- Rs. 600
Bharatiya Baithak- Rs.200
Balgandharva Rangamandir
Tiliak Smarak Natyagruha
Yashwantrao Natya Gruha
Shirish Traders
Free Home Delivery 020 65294211 (between 10am – 6pm)


Taalchakra is a philanthropic touch to the world of music that was started by Pandit Vijay Ghate. Not only does it have a host of talented and upcoming artistes along with the great veterans, the organizers will be starting a pension scheme for musicians and music teachers who lack the financial support. The Rotary Foundation will be part of the event as well.
When: 24th January, Thursday to 27th January, Sunday
Where: New English School Ramanbaug, Near Namdeo Raut Path, Shaniwar Peth, Pune
Time: 6pm to 10pm
24th January 2013
Folk drums of Maharashtra byVijay Chauhan
Tabla solo by Ustad Zakir HussainSarangi accompaniment – Dilshad Khan
25th January 2013
Perc Jam by Taufiq Qureshi (Djambe) Featuring: Pt.Yogesh Samsi ( Tabla) and Vijay Prakash ( Vocals)Taal Yatra by Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar Featuring:
Vocal – Shaunak Abhisheki
Tabla – Charudatta Phadke, Savani Talwalkar, Rohit Mujumdar
Drums – Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Flute – Sandip kulkarni
Sitar – Ravindra chari
Harmonium – Tanmay Devchakke
Keyboard – Rohit Kulkarni
Pakhawaj & Kajon – Omkar dalvi
Pakhawaj – Govind Bhillare
D’jambe – Umesh warbhuvan
Kalabash – Aashay Kulkarni
Kathak – Kaveri Agashe/Sheetal kolwalkar & Manasi Deshpande
26th January 2013
Taalvadya Kacheri by Ranjeet BarotFeaturing:
Ghatam – Giridhar Udpa
Mrigandam – Sridar Parthasarathy
Tabla – Satyajeet Talwalkar
Vocals – Shriram Iyer Tabla Solo byPt. Kumar Bose Harmonium accompaniment – Ajay Joglekar Drums & Percussion byTrilok Gurtu
27th January 2013
TrioKanjira – Selva Ganesh
Drums – Gino Banks
Base – Sheildon Dsilva
TrioTabla – Vijay Ghate
Sitar – Niladri Kumar
Percussions – A. Sivamani
Tickets will be available from 10th January.
Pramod Bakre: 9822035151
Abhay Gadgil: 9850900001
Govindrao Bedekar: 9960295898
For Donation Passes please contact
Mr.Sanjay Kulkarni 9371000084
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