12 APRIL 2022 /


All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan has been instrumental in giving a fillip to performing arts all these years.

The seven-day festival of classical music and dance aimed at propagating the classical performing arts of India is a much-awaited event in the region like the Hari Vallabh Sangeet Sammelan. 

Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar is one of the leading Tabla exponents of the present times. He has immensely contributed to the glorious tradition of Indian Classical Music and was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2004 and Padma shree in 2013.

During the prestigious Sammelan organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, the great Tabla maestro Taalyogi Pandit SureshTalwalkar along with the renowned painter and sculptor Sidharth were honoured. Art critic Anjana Rajan was also honoured for her contribution to promoting Indian Classical Arts.

The inaugural ceremony marks a remarkable musical delight by Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and his group.

He presented remarkable jugalbandi with western instruments accompanied by his superb team consisting of  Sawani Talwalkar (Tabla), Nagnath Adgaonkar (Vocal), Abhishek Shinkar (Harmonium), Ishan Pranjpe (Cajon & Padant), and Ruturaj Hinge ( Kalabash).

Sammelan witnessed another melodic vocal recital by Dr. Prof Harvinder Singh and an incredible Sarod recital by Prominent Sarod exponent Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya at the Tagore Theatre.

Famous classical singer Tulika Ghosh mesmerized everyone with her singing, while the famous sitar player Pandit Partha Bose acquired a lot of applause with the melodious tunes of sitar.

Vyjayanthi Kashi is one of India’s most respected classical dancers and she presented a series of dances from the well known “Krishna Leela Tarangini, a text that recounts the life of Lord Krishna.

Being inspired by Bhagavatham and its richness Vyjayanthi Kashi has selected an episode of Pootana Moksha which gives ample scope for the yakshagana element of Kuchipudi and its theatrical richness. Hailing from Karnataka, she has made use of Sanskrit and the regional language Kannada for the script.

The renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Padmaja Suresh presented ‘Radhika Krishna’ from the unparalleled Geet Govind of Jayadeva. She was  accompanied by Balasubramaniyam Sharma on Vocal, R Keshavan on Nattuvangam, Shrihari Rangaswamy on Mridangam and Jayaram K.S. on Flute.

Many renowned artists from all over the country including  Shounak Abhisheki, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, Pandit Pravin Godkhindi and his son Shadaj Godkhindi  accompanied by famous Tabla exponent Ustad Akram Khan participated in the week-long programme.

The Sammelan was inaugurated by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwari Lal Purohit.

The Sammelan offered all the artists a different space and continues to encourage by providing live art all the seven days from 22 March 2022 in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

Pracheen Kala Kendra, an organisation dedicated to Art and Culture was founded by the renowned Classical dancer and dynamic leader M.L Koser for the development and enrichment of cultural heritages of India in 1956.

Over the last decades, the Kendra has succeeded in establishing a prime cultural space and has now grown into an internationally acclaimed Organisation for Performing and Visual Arts. 

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