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62nd Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan 2015 took off today

Mumbai: With the live performance of Hindustani, Carnatic, Folk and Light Music at 24 centres and with 63 artists performing at pan India level, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan 2015 took off today. The festival will creditably enrich the archival assets of Prasar Bharati. One of the unique features of this extravaganza is that it acts as a tribute to the heterogeneity of India when North finds itself mesmerised by Southern talent, West hears with rapt attention Eastern stalwarts and similarly all other geographically and culturally different entities get knit by the art of maestros of diverse genres of Indian Music. This year’s Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan witnessed jam packed auditoria clapping to and nodding on each note.

In Delhi Gundecha Bandhus left the audience captivated with their scintillating Dhrupad recital, but Kolkata witnessed rapt audience at the performance of Pandit Dhruba Ghosh and Gayathri Venkataraghavan. Chennai was enamoured by mesmerising renditions by Kankana Banerjee, Shri Peri Srirama Murthy and Dr, Yella Venkateswara Rao. Doyens and stalwarts of Indian Classical Music enthralled audience at the 24 venues which were Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Agartala, Ahmedabad, Panaji, Indore, Jammu, Kanpur, Nagpur, Jalandhar, Raipur, Thiruvanathpuram, Mangaluru, Thrissur, Dehradun, Jodhpur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Coimbatore and Vijayawada.

It is regarded as the month long festival as though it takes off with live concerts but later recorded concerts are broadcast over a period of a month. This year broadcast of all the recitals will begin from 7th November 2015 and will continue till 13th December 2015. It will be aired on the National Hook up of All India Radio. The concert takes place either in the morning or the evening on the same date and day across India.

This year evening concerts for Hindustani and Carnatic Music were held at 15 venues—Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Indore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jalandhar, Goa, Nagpur, Thiruvanathapuram, Mangaluru and Thrissur.

The morning concerts only for Hindustani music were held at 3 venues—Agartala, Raipur and Jammu.

The evening concerts for Folk and Light music was held at 6 places—Dehradun, Ranchi, Rohtak, Jodhpur, Coimbatore and Vijayawada.

Main Artistes—63 (Hindustani Music—26; Carnatic Music—14 and Light and Folk Music—23) and more than 150 accompanists will participated in the event.

This year Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan is recorded by Doordarshan and All India Radio to enrich their respective archives.