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Not just maestros like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Sanjeev Abhyankar, and the late Pandit Jeetendra Abhisheki, but hardcore music lovers of Indian classicsal music as well make Pune the cultural capital of Maharashtra. For them, the events like the Pune Festival, the Dagduseth Sangeet Mahotsav and the Osho Festival have now become a part of their yearly calendar. But the most distinguished and the most eagerly-awaited one is the Sawai Gandharva music festival held every year in the third or last week of December.

Sawai Gandharva Music Festival

Come winter, and music lovers eagerly await the most coveted music fête, the Sawai Gandharva. Maestros like Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Gangubai Hangal and Hridaynath Mangeshkar consider it an honour to perform at this event. People from all around the country and even from overseas come to Pune for the Sawai. The event commences at around 9 pm and continues till late in the morning. People stay up all night listening to the established as well as upcoming artistes. In the breezy and cold winter nights, sitting under the marquee with hordes of people and listening to the maestros is an enthralling experience. So, if you are one of those inclined to music and are in Pune anytime during December, this is definitely not to be missed!


Time table for Sawai Gandharva Festival from the 7th to the 9th December 2000

Venue : New English School Raman Baug, Shaniwar Peth

Thursday 7th December Friday 8th December Saturday 9th December

Shri Tukaram Daithankar (Sanai)
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor)
Ustad Usman Khan (Sitar)
Shri Uday Bhavalkar (Dhrupad)
Shri Prabhakar Karekar (Vocal)
Smt. Madhuri Ambekar (Vocal)
Smt. Malini Rajurkar (Vocal)

Shri Sharad Khaladkar (Sanai)
Smt. Shobna (Bharatnatyam)
Smt. N. Rajam & Smt. Sangeet Shankar (Violin)
Smt. Parveen Sultana (Vocal)
Shri. Mohan Darekar (Vocal)
Shri. Vijay Koparkar (Vocal)
Pandit Jasraj (Vocal)

Shri. Pramod Gaikwad(Sanai)
Shri. Partho Sarathi (Sarod)
Ustad Shujad Hussain Khan (Satar)
Shri. Pandharinath Kolhapure (Vocal)
Ustad Rashid Khan (Vocal)
Smt. Aarti Anklikar-Tikekar (Vocal)
Smt. Gangubai Hangal (Vocal)
Pandit Feroz Dastur (Vocal)
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

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