EVENT Starting this Sunday, an eclectic festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Before the urban authorities decided to tear up Connaught Place, its colonnaded circular shopping corridors retained their old world feel. One felt grateful to Lutyens for the design that allowed shoppers protection from the weather, and one could imagine how much it would have suited the colonial population back in the 1930s (it was completed in 1933). Connnaught Place was not merely home to shoppers though. Here it was, in 1939, a good six years before the jewel exited the imperial crown, that Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya founded his institute for the classical arts, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Since then, the institution has been witness to landmark performances, nurtured thousands of students and gained a place in the hearts lovers of the arts — Hindustani vocal music and Odissi in particular but also instrumental music, Bharatanatyam and Kathak too.

This Sunday, the Vidyalaya, now headed by Pandit Vinay Chandra’s son, eminent vocalist Madhup Mudgal, flags off its 75th anniversary celebrations with a weeklong festival of arts titled “Tarpan”. Besides live performances, a film on the institution, directed by Ravinder Randhawa, will be screened on the first and last day (March 23 and 30) at 5.30 p.m..


March 23

Film on Gandharva Mahavidyalaya; Gandharva Choir conducted by Madhup Mudgal; Madhavi Mudgal’s group choreography in Odissi presented by students of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

March 24 – 26

Selected young dancers, each paired with a senior exponent of another style in the hope that the younger dancers will benefit from the novel association.

March 24

Monisa Nayak - Kathak (mentored by Geeta Chandran)

Mythili Prakash - Bharatanatyam (mentored by Madhavi Mudgal)

March 25

Amrita Lahiri - Kuchipudi (mentored by Sharmila Biswas)

Vishal Krishna - Kathak (mentored by Madhavi Mudgal)

March 26

Arushi Mudgal - Odissi (mentored by Leela Samson)

Ragini Chandrashekhar - Bharatanatyam (mentored by Sadanam Balakrishnan)

March 27 – 30

Stalwarts of music, many of whom have been closely associated with Gandharva Mahavidyalaya since early days.

March 27

Madhup Mudgal – Vocal

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan – Sarod

March 28

Vidushi Malini Rajurkar – Vocal

Dr. N. Rajam & Dr. Sangeeta Shankar - Violin Duet

March 29

Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar – Vocal

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma – Santoor

March 30

Film on Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Pt. Suresh Tawalkar – Tabla Solo

Pandit Jasraj – Vocal

The programme on March 23 and 30 begins at 5.30. All other days at 6.30 p.m.