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AIR, DD in collaboration for 61st Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan

MUMBAI: To celebrate the 61st Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan on 18 October, All India Radio and Doordarshan have entered into collaboration for the first time.

An archival asset for both AIR and DD, the event will be recorded by DD at all 24 centres with the use of multi-cameras.

For the last six decades, the festival has honoured the beauty of Indian classical music and this year also the music will fill 24 venues across the country. The celebration will feature 52 eminent artists from across the country.

An AIR official said, “Well founded on the ideals of public service broadcast, All India Radio has played a stellar role in nurturing India’s heritage and fortifying its diversified culture. Rendering unfeigned support for the cause of Indian classical music through popularisation, promotion and preservation has been AIR’s hallmark.”

One of the highlights of this year’s event includes two special programmes in commemoration of the birth centenary of Ghazal queen Begum Akhtar. In her remembrance, a light classical vocal will be held at Kolkata and Vidushi Rita Ganguli will do the honours.

In another concert at Allahabad, Vidushi Shanti Hiranand will pay tribute to the legend.

Morning concerts will be held in four locations including Agartala, Jammu, Kota (Jaipur) and Shimla, while evening concerts will be in 20 locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Dharwad, Gwalior, Aurangabad, Allahabad, Darbhanga, Jamshedpur, Chandigarh, Agra, Vadodara, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirunelveli, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.

Every year, AIR invites artists from both Hindustani and Karnatic music schools for joint concerts at eight venues, while exclusive concerts for Hindustani music and Karnatic music are held at 12 and four venues respectively.