A special treat awaits music and dance lovers in the Capital as the three-day annual Swami Haridas Sangeet-Nritya Mahotsav opens at Shri Satya Sai International Auditorium on Lodhi Road in the Capital on December 19.
Hosted by Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan, a school of dance and music set up by noted danseuse Uma Sharma, the Swami Haridas festival has been organised every year for the past five years featuring well-known artistes. The underlying idea behind organising the extravaganza is to keep alive interest in music and dance among the younger generation.
“We are proposing to spearhead the renaissance and propagate through this resurgence the importance of our traditional classical music and dance form,” says Uma Sharma.
Stating that musical genius Tansen imbibed his “taleem” from the legendary Swami Haridas, Uma Sharma says: “Mughal Emperor Akbar visited the saint-singer Swami Haridas to immerse himself in his divine music. We have therefore named this annual event ‘Swami Haridas Sangeet-Nritya Mahotsav’ to pay homage to this eternal great musical master.”
The first day of the programme will feature Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Mohan Veena, Salil Bhatt on Swatik Veena and Girija Devi presenting Thumri vocal.
Day two will include Ashish Khan on sarod and Zakir Husain on tabla. The third and concluding day of the event will feature Shujat Husain Khan on sitar while Chhannulal Mishra will give a vocal presentation and Uma Sharma will perform Kathak.
Gopal Goswami, a descendant of Swami Haridas, is expected to be present at the much talked about festival that will begin every day at 6-30 p.m.