Classical exponents to perform at music fest

MUMBAI: The internationally acclaimed Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan will be held in Mumbai from 12 -14 December, 2007. Now in its 31st year, this awaited festival of music will feature live performances by renowned exponents of Indian classical music, both vocal and instrumental. Performing at the Sammelan are Pandit Jasraj, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kishori Amonkar, Nishad Khan, Kalpana Komkalli and Tejendra Narayan.

The Sammelan, presented by Citi for the 17th consecutive year, will be held at Nehru center with season tickets are available at the venue.


The Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan was first presented in 1977 by the legendary Hindustani classical vocalist, the late Pt. C R Vyas, in memory of the famed classical music doyen of the Agra Gharana, the late Pt. Jagganathbuwa Purohit under the aegis of Maharashtra Lalit Kala Nidhi (MLKN). 


Over the years, this annual festival held across three cities – Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi – has become an important event to attend for connoisseurs of Indian classical music. Featuring some of the finest ever live performances by maestros of Indian classical music, the Sammelan has established a rich legacy of 31 years. This year, the festival will be held in Kolkatta, Chennai and Delhi as well, providing the discerning audience in this culture capital of south India an opportunity to listen to live concerts of maestros of Hindustani classical music.


Santoor maestro and organizer of the event, Pt. Satish Vyas said, “It is indeed a great sense of achievement to reach this milestone of 31 years of Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan. Today, the Sammelan is one of the rare events which brings together exponents of Indian classical music – both vocal and instrumental – from various gharanas on the same platform. To be invited to perform in Sammelan is like a dream come true for many upcoming artistes. Citi has been supporting us in this endeavor for the last sixteen years and it would not have been possible without their continuous support and active interest in keeping this tradition of Indian classical art.”


Citi India CEO Sanjay Nayar added, “Citi is committed to promoting Indian arts and culture. We are proud to play a part in supporting the cultural artistry of India through events like the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan, Kalakshetra Festival of Dance and the Banganga Festival. This year, the Sammelan promises yet another season of expert classical renditions and interesting dance performances by some of India‘s most renowned exponents.”