The occasion will mark Gungubai Hangal’s 96th birthday
HUBLI: Veena exponent Vidwan R.K. Padmanabhan of Mysore, Carnatic vocalist Prarthana Sai Narasimhan from Chennai, Pandit Shailesh Bhagwat, disciple of Ustad Bismillah Khan and Rajendra Kandalgaonkar, disciple of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, and other noted artistes from across India will perform at the three-day music and dance festival-2008 being held as part of the 96th birthday celebrations of vocalist Gangubai Hangal.
Hangal Music Foundation, Hubli, and Hubli Art Circle, in association with various other organisations are organising the event, which will be held at Sawai Gandharva Hall in Hubli from April 12 to 14.
Vocalists Pt. Ullas Kashalkar of Kolkata, Pratima Tilak of Thane, Pt. Maniprasad of New Delhi, Pushkar Lele of Pune, santoor exponent Sudasheel Chattarjee of Mumbai and violin exponent Kala Ramanathan of Mumbai are some of the other artistes who would be performing at the event.
Founder of the foundation Manoj Hangal said that it would be for the first time that artistes of Carnatic style and Yakshagana would be performing in a Hindustani classical music event.
Mr. Hangal said the event was aimed at attracting the youth towards classical music.
This year, dance programmes (Bharatanatayam) has also been included, which would be conducted on the third day along with Yakshagana by the Keremane Shambu Hegde and Shivanand Hegde troupe. He said that entry is free for all. This has been done with the objective of popularising classical dance and music.
The president of the festival committee, Baburao Hangal, said that a “Santavani” programme has been organised in memory of Shripati Padigar.