The 49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava organised by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha treated Bangaloreans to a blend of retro, filmi songs and sugama sangeetha on the fifth day of the festival that is on at the APS College Grounds.
The hall was packed to the hilt. After enjoying a round of great Bollywood music, the audience were all enthusiastic about the classical music night. A local troupe called Hoovinakatte Balaga, comprising H K Raghu, Nagachandrika Bhat and S Narayanaswamy entertained the audience with old film songs and gave an appropriate beginning to the evening.
Arun and M D Pallavi took the centre stage for a melodious Bavageethe concert with a troupe comprising well-known musicians from across the State.
The team presented melodious Bhavageethe written by famous poets like Kuvempu, D R Bendre, K S Narasimha Swamy and composed by Mysore Ananthaswamy, C Ashwath and Kalinga Rao.
M D Pallavi had come prepared to entertain the crowd with an impressive list of popular poems known for their sensitive lyrics and pleasant music sung in the most harmonious voice.
This performance held the audience captive for more than two hours. She began the concert with Ilidu Baa Taaye Ilidu Ba and later sang Elladaru Iru written by Kuvempu and set to music by C Ashwath. She also rendered other pieces from Bhavageethe like Deepavu Ninnade, Neenillade, Yedethumbi and Amma Nanu Devarane.
“I have seen Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava since it was conducted and celebrated in Mallikarjuna Temple Grounds. I have been part of this festival for four years now. Seeing all the changes and the performances by artistes from across the country makes me proud as I am also a resident of this neighbourhood,” said Pallavi Arun, who is also a music director.
Along with listening to a beautiful mix of musical genres, the crowd at the APS Grounds also got the opportunity to taste the authentic Kannadiga dishes from every district of Karnataka.
Called ‘Aromas of Karnataka’, the food festival is organised every year as part of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava.
The stalls representing various districts of Karnataka had 100 different dishes that came at an affordable price of Rs 10 to Rs 30.
The Bengaluru Ganesh
Utsava is on till September 11 at APS College Grounds, Basavanagudi.