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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Kala Mahotsava at KA from Oct 1

A two-day Kala Mahotsava will be held at Kala Academy on October 1 and 2, in observance of the 75th birth anniversary of the legendary Goan vocalist, late Pt Jitendra Abhisheki.

Mr Shaunak Abhisheki, the noted vocalist and son of late Pt Abhisheki, addressing a press conference today, said that altogether 18 artists - Goan as well as those of national and international repute - will participate in the musical concert.

The participating artists are Aarti Ankalikar, Pt Upendra Bhat, Shubha Mudgal, Sameer Dubley, Pt D K Datar, Shruti Sadolikar Katkar, Raghunath Phadke, Bhuvanesh Komkali, Ustad Usman Khan, Makarand Hingne, Pt Suhas Vyas, Vinod Digrajkar, Dr Ram Deshpande, Dr Vidya Damle, Gauri Godsay Kulkarni and Mahadev Pednekar.

Those who will accompany on tabla are Mangesh Muley, Subhash Kamat, Aneesh Pradhan, Mukesh Jadhav, Tulshidas Navalkar and Dayesh Kossambe, while the harmonium accompanists are Sudhir Nayak, Sudhaunshu Kulkarni, Uday Kulkarni and Raya Korgaonkar. The programme will be compered by Ms Shaila Mukund and Dr Ajay Vaidya.

The programme jointly organised by Tarangini Sanskritik Pratishthan, Department of Information and Publicity, Directorate of Art and Culture and Kala Academy will be open for public.

Speaking further, Mr Abhisheki said that the expected expenditure for the programme is around Rs 15 lakh.

“Tarangini, a cultural trust formed by Pt Abhisheki way back in 1981, is also carrying out a number of beneficial schemes such as Gurudakshina which provides lifelong pension to the senior veteran artists who have fallen on bad times and Shishyavritti wherein deserving students of Indian classical music are given scholarships,” he added.

Mr Abhisheki also said that he would hold similar Kala Mahotsavas in Pune and Mumbai with the participation of Goan artists.

The Minister for Art and Culture, Mr Digambar Kamat and the director of the Directorate of Art and Culture, Mr M V Naik were also present on the occasion.

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