A two-day all-India classical music concert will be held here from Friday, to commemorate the 121st birth anniversary of the late Pandit Panchakshari Gawai.

D.V. Patil, chairman of the reception committee and president of the district Veerashaiva Mahasabha, told presspersons here on Wednesday that national and international artistes in Hindustani music would participate.

The mahasabha president said that the concert would be inaugurated by Sharanabasappa Appa, peethadipathi of the Sharanabasaveshwar Samsthan, in the presence of Pandit Rajaguruswamy Kalker, president of the Sri Guru Panchakshari Seva Samiti, Gadag.


Prominent artistes who will perform in the live concert on the inaugural day include bansuri exponent Sameer Rao from Mumbai; visually impaired vocalist Shakti Patil from Dharwad; Hindustani vocalists Veerabhadrayya Yargal, Pandit Fakiresh Kanavi, Shankar Hugar and Malasri Kanavi.

Tabla players Jadesh Hugar, Panchakshari Kanavi and Shanmukha Patil, and harmonium exponents Ramayya Vastradmath, Siddramappa Patil, Badrinath Mudabi and Gurushantayya Sthwaramath will also participate in the programme.

Second day

On the second day, Hindustani vocalists Shalmali Joshi from Mumbai, Shaswath Mandal from Bhopal and Kumar Mardur from Kolkata will also perform.

They will be accompanied by guitarist Ratan Bharati from Kolkata, with Shantaling Desai Kallur and Jadesh Hugar on the tabla.

Mr. Patil said the concert would be a fitting tribute to the visually impaired Pandit Panchakshari Gawai, who inspired thousands of persons with disabilities to pick up music as a vocation.

The two-day concert is a tribute to visually impaired Pandit Panchakshari Gawai: mahasabha president