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62nd Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan to be held on 10 Oct

MUMBAI: The 62nd Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan is scheduled to be held on 10 October 2015 at 24 centres across the country.

The annual festival of Indian classical music will feature two new categories, namely folk and light music. It will also showcase artists from the streams of Hindustani, Carnatic and other forms of music.

In Delhi, the concert will be held at Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, at 6 pm, featuring music by Gundecha Bandhu.

The evening concerts for Hindustani and Carnatic music will be held at 15 venues, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Indore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jalandhar, Goa, Nagpur, Thiruvanathapuram, Mangaluru and Thrissur.

The morning concerts for Hindustani music will be held at three venues in Agartala, Raipur and Jammu.

The evening concerts for folk and light music will be held at six places, which are Dehradun, Ranchi, Rohtak, Jodhpur, Coimbatore and Vijayawada.

As many as 63 main artists will participate in the fest—26 for Hindustani music, 14 for Carnatic music, and 23 for light and folk music. There will be more than 150 accompanists.

These concerts will be aired on the national network between 7 November and 13 December 2015.

Dating back to 1954, the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan has evolved over the past six decades. It features both eminent artists as well as those who shot up to recognition at a relatively younger age.

An official statement said, “No artist of national and international eminence has ever been left out of the prestigious event. It is a much sought-after event by both artists and connoisseurs.”

Last year, the music festival paid tribute to Sardari Begum as part of the centenary celebration of the classical artist.

Like every year, this year too all of the 24 concerts will be recorded for archival purposes.