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Gangubai Hangal
Gangubai Hangal

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She will also receive the ‘Gururao Deshpande Rashtriya Sangeet Puraskar’

HUBLI: Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha, Bangalore, has chosen vocalist Gangubai Hangal for its first “Gururao Deshpande Rashtriya Sangeet Puraskar” and “Guru Gandharva” title.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Vinayak Torvi, founder of the sabha, said the award had been instituted to mark its (sabha’s) silver jubilee.

The award would carry a purse of Rs. 25,000 and a citation, and would be conferred annually on senior artistes in recognition of their contribution to music, Pandit Torvi said.

In fact, it was Ms. Hangal who inaugurated the sabha in 1982 and gave a concert on the occasion, Pandit Torvi said. The award presentation would be held at Sawai Gandharva Hall here on September 27.

Pandit Torvi said the sabha was the pioneer in organising all-night “music mehfils” in southern India. In the last 24 years, the sabha had been regularly organising youth festivals to create a platform for young and talented artistes.

It had been conducting the “Malhar Sangeet Utsav” annually in memory of Keertan Kesari Malhar Rao Torvi and to celebrate the “varsha ritu” (rainy season). It had also been organising “Dharwad Sangeet Utsav” in Bangalore in recognition of the contribution of Dharwad to the field of Hindustani classical music, he said.

Pandit Torvi said the sabha had set up “Gurukul Academy of Music”, through which efforts were being made to continue the “guru-shishya parampara.”

Music festival

To a question, Pandit Torvi said the sabha had planned to conduct one-day music festivals in Hubli, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Mangalore, Sirsi, Mysore, Gulbarga, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi as part of the silver jubilee celebrations. While senior musicians and musicologists would be felicitated during the festival, local artistes would be provided a platform to showcase their talent, he said.

The award presentation on September 27 would be followed by a music concert by Vaishnavi Hangal, granddaughter of Gangubai Hangal, and Pandit Torvi.

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