Season of Music

Music festival Vasantotsav is back this year with an interesting line-up of performances. The festival, organised by Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Pratishthan in memory of Late Dr Vasantrao Deshpande, a renowned vocalist, will be on till January 22 at New English School, Ramanbaug Grounds. Soulful renditions will fill the air between 5.30 and 10 pm. Rahul Deshpande, noted classical singer and the grandson of Late Dr Vasantrao Deshpande, said, "This is the 5th consecutive year of this festival and I am very grateful to Puneites for their splendid response." Every year, the festival presents different genres of music. After the performance of ghazal singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod, Ustad Rashid Khan, a well known vocalist from the Rampur Sahaswan Gharana, and Ustad Shahid Parvez, sitar player from Etwah Gharana, Day 2 will have tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri on stage. A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the Government of India, and the American Academy of Artists Award, Chaudhuri is the disciple of Late Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas of Kolkata. This will be followed by a fusion session featuring Rahul Deshpande (vocals), George Brooks (saxophone), Shashank Subramanyam (flute) and Vijay Ghate (tabla) and Rahul Solapurkar. Brooks is a saxophonist, composer and leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion. He has performed musicians Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, and Anthony Braxton. January 22 will see performances by sitarist Niladri Kumar and Pandit Rajan and Sajjan Mishra.

Colour & Grace

The recently concluded classical dance choreography festival Kaleidoscope saw performances of Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha. This year's fest was dedicated to Kathak exponent Guru Pandita Rohinitai Bhate. Apart from the performances by artistes like Madhura Khire, Rujuta Soman, Padmashree Madhavi Mudgal, Sonia Parchure, Abha Wamburkar, and Arundhati Chaphekar, the festival also saw the release of a video of Kathak exponent Pandita Sharadini Gole.

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