Bangalore Ganesha Utsava from Aug 29

Bangalore Ganesha Utsava from Aug 29

Renowned singer S P Balasubrahmanyam unveiled the 52nd Bangalore Ganesha Utsava being organised by the Sree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, Basavanagudi on Monday.  

Addressing a press conference, S M Nandish, Managing Trustee, Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha said the 11-day event to be held from August 29 to September 8 would see performances from acclaimed artistes from across the country. On Day One of the Utsav to be held at APS College Grounds in Basavanagudi, saxophone maestro Kadri Gopalnath will perform. 

“This year’s event will see performances from singers Vishal-Shekar, Bombay Jayashri, S P Balasubrahmanyam, Pankaj Udhas, and Sunidhi Chauhan,” said Nandish. There would be performances from Raghu Dixit and Vijay Prakash on September 7. Audience will also get a humour treat with Master Hirannaiah, Dayanand and Prof Krishne Gowda performing on stage. 

In addition to the Ganesha idol, a thematic temple of Beluru-Halebidu as the backdrop will be among the primary attractions of the Utsav. Eight other idols in addition to the main one will be in place.

 The Ustav will be a plastic-free zone. Cooks from across Karnataka will present delicacies of different kinds at the ‘Aromas of Karnataka’ food counter. 

Flashback

Balasubrahmanyam, recalling his earlier times, said: “I miss all the fun we had while the troupe had to perform with the orchestra. 

These days, it is missing. Even at the time of recording, I am caught unawares about who will sing the female bit in the duet song.”

Stating that things were “plastic” and “Robotic,” he said: “Those days, bad songs were less in number and good songs were more. These days, bad songs are more in number compared to the good.”

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