Mega musical treat awaits Bengalureans this month

 Connoisseurs of classical music are in for a treat with two big music festivals round the corner.

The largest Indian classical music festival ‘Shree Ramanavami festival’ will start on April 5. Well-known musicians like Bombay Jayashree Ramanath, saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, violin maestro Mysore Nagaraj, K J Yesudas and others will perform at Old Fort High School Grounds, Chamarajpet in the event organised by Sree Ramaseva Mandali.

S N Varadaraj, general secretary of the Mandali, said a total of 300 artistes from across the country will give listeners a musical treat. “We have added a new programme
‘Pratibhakankshi’ to the upcoming 79th edition of the fest to encourage budding artistes aged below 25 years. Around 75 artistes have already registered for ‘Pratibhakankshi,’ he added.

The organisers said that they are expecting an audience of 1.5 lakh over one month, specially youngsters. In the morning, Ramayana discourses will be held and evenings will be dedicated to music programmes, they added.

A website dedicated to Mandali founder S V Narayan­aswamy Rao will be launched on the inaugural day. For details and registrations, call 080 26604031 or 9483518012 or visit Facebook page - Sree Ramaseva Mandali-Bangalore.

Yesudas will perform at the music festival for the 46th time on April 9, 6.30 pm onwards. Bombay Jayashree will be perform on April 5 at 6.45 pm. The organisers said they are expecting a minimum of 15,000 people for the Yesudas concert.

A five-day music festival will be held at Ravindra Kalakshetra on JC Road from April 5-9. The programme - organised as part of  ‘Nenapinokuli’ — a year-long cultural extravaganza to mark the 50th anniversary of Ravindra Kalakshetra will witness Carnatic classical and Hindustani music, Sugama Sangeetha along with contemporary music rendered by well-known artistes. On the last day, there will be a fusion music programme featuring classical musician Vidwan Praveen D Rao and troupe. On April 8, there will be an all-night Hindustani concert 9 pm onwards, according to the festival organisers.  

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