The four-day Utsav saw children take part and in various genres.

As Dharwad is an acclaimed centre of Hindustani Classical Music in South India, it was natural that this northern variety of classical music formed a major part at the “Dharwad Utsav 2011”, the four-day district cultural festival held recently.

Keen participants

While many artists of repute entertained the audience by their melodic and enchanting rendition, the child artists who were given an opportunity to take part in the event did not lag behind.

Apart from the various kinds of performances by the child artistes that entertained the audience, the note worthy programme was the classical music by the students of Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya. Artistes in the making, they are from the economically weaker sections but put up a promising show at the event.

The programme began with the light classical music concert where the children presented a melodious Vachana Gayana, a form popular in north Karnataka.

Here the rhythm of the Hindustani classical music is incorporated with the traditional Bhajan singing to present melodious devotional songs. Of the two songs presented one was devotional and the other was patriotic in nature. This programme was followed by classical orchestra where the children performed on different classical music instruments like tabla, Veena, violin and harmonioum to present a fine concert.

However, it is the vocal concert by Krishna Suttra, a student of Vidyalaya that has caught the attention of the audience.  This boy who has been training in the Hindustani classical music for the last five years put up a good show. His rendition in raag Puria Dhanashri in teenal won wide appreciation.