Vasantotsav to start from January 18

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Times of India: Performances by folk fusion singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty, music director Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire, sarod artistes by Amaan and Ayan Ali Bangash, a solo tabla by Yogesh Samsi and ‘Kabir Wani’ by Mukhtiyar Ali and Kaluram Bamaniya will be the highlights of ‘Vasantotsav 2013.

The three-day music festival will take place in the city between January 18 and 20 at New English School, Ramanbaug grounds.

The festival, hosted every year by Vasantrao Deshpande Pratishthan, will present singers Anand Bhate and Jayateerth Mevundi as well, said Rahul Deshpande, grandson of versatile vocalist late Vasantrao Deshpande, at a news conference here on Saturday.

Deshpande said, “Vasantotsav shall continue its tradition of offering a variety of music to its patrons and we are happy to witness a steady rise in the audience each year for this music extravaganza of a different kind.”

On January 18, sarod artistes Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, sons of Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan will perform. It will be followed by a folk fusion performance by three artistes from a different genre of music including Moitra, Swanand Kirkire and Chakrabarty.

On January 19, tabla player Yogesh Samsi will play, after which singers Deshpande, Bhate and Mevundi will present a medley of bhajan and natyasangeet.

On the last day Mukhtiyar Ali and Kaluram Bamaniya will present Kabir Wani. Ali has kept alive the oral tradition of sufiana qalam while Bamaniya is a folk singer from Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh who sings Kabir’s poetry. ‘Vasantotsav 2013’ would conclude with Deshpande’s performance.

Deshpande said Mandar Gadgil, disciple of Vijay Koparkar, has been chosen for this year’s Vasantotsav youth award. Two veteran artistes will also be conferred with the Vasantotsav awards. Their names would be announced during the festival, Deshpande said.

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