Place : Chandigarh, Haryana
Time : March
Venue : Tagore Theatre,Sector-18, Chandigarh
Genre : Dance & Music Festival
Named after the music maestro Gayanacharya Bhaskarbua Bhakhle, the All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra is being held in Chandigarh annually for the past 3 to 4 decades. Pracheen Kala Kendra was set up in 1956 as an autonomous body for reviving, promoting and developing the waning tradition of Fine Arts. Besides organising regular performances by both renowned and up-coming artistes, the Kendra provides adequate facilities for training, research, and conduct examinations in Music, Dance and Fine Arts.
The two day Sammelan which is one of the oldest music and dance festivals of its kind in this part of the country, is the Kendra’s homage to Bhaskarbua Bakhle offered uninterruptedly every year since 1969. Bhaskarbua Bakhle was an eminent exponent of Indian classical music (1869-1922), who dedicated his life to the promotion of art and culture.
Since its inception in 1969, many luminaries from the field of classical dance and music have had the occasion to be part of the annual Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan. This is evident from the participation of Pt. Vinayak Rao Pattwardhan, Pt. Vinayak Rao Vyas, Ustad Bade Mubarak Ali Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pt. Chaturlal, Pt. Markandeya Mohapatra, Pt. Husan Lal & Pt. Bhagat Ram, Sardar Sohan Singh, Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi, Pandit A. Kanan, Smt. Malavika Kanan, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Jasraj, Guru Girija Devi, Begum Parveen Sultana, Guru Shobha Gurtu, Dr. Prabha Atre, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Dr. Sharayu Kalekar, Smt. Sulochana Brahaspati, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Pandit Ram Narayan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Debu Chaudhary, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Kumar Bose, Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Sanjukta Panigrahi, Guru Sonal Mansingh, Guru Kumkum Mohanty, Sri Ratikant Mohapatra, Pandit Durga Lal, Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Guru Sunder Prasad, Guru Gopi Krishan, Guru Kundan Lal Gangani, Guru Sitara Devi, Guru Uma Sharma, Guru Shovana Narayan, Guru Shobha Koser, Guru Raja-Radha Reddy, Guru Swapanasundari, Guru Daksha Seth, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Mrs. Mamata Shankar, Guru Rani Karna and Guru Kiran Segal to name just a few from the long list of top grade vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers.
Recently the organizers have changed the name of the Festival to Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya And Sangeet Sammelan and it is held for a week.
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