Music maestros to enthrall Barodians

[TNN | Oct 30, 2012, 11.04PM IST]

VADODARA: Like the famous Kala Ghoda Art Festival of Mumbai or the Harbhallabh Sangeet Mela of Jalandhar in Punjab, Barodians can now look forward to having another one of their own annual musical event, if a group of professionals succeed in their maiden venture next month.

Named ‘Sanskaaram – Vadodara Music Festival’, the event will be a two-day affair, to start with, which the organizers hope to extend to three or even five days gradually, to be held annually during the period between Navratri and Diwali celebrations.

The first of the series, to be held on November 3 and 4, would have Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental concert on the first day, while the second day would be dedicated to “exploring contemporary forms of Indian music,” said Sharmishtha Chawda, one of the members of Insync events, which is organizing the festival.

Mohan Veena recital by Barodian Deepak Kshirsagar, who has incidentally, rarely performed in the city would be the high point of the first day along with classical vocal recital by renowned vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande.

The second day would see ‘Bhakti kavya’ recital by city’s own Sachin and Ashita Limaye, followed by ‘Samarpan’, an instrumental fusion extravaganza by Mumbai-based artistes led by table maestro Ojas Adhiya, a child prodigy.

Managed by musically inclined professionals like Sharmishtha, who runs a media company, architect Sonali Desai and vocalist Ashita, familiar figures on Vadodara’s music scene, the organization also plans to felicitate eminent Barodians during the programme for their contribution to the cultural and educational fields.

“This platform is meant to provide Barodians a chance to enjoy the masters as well as to encourage young talent from the city. The idea behind Sanskaaram is to bring together acclaimed musicians and ardent music lovers, thus celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our city,” said Sonali Desai.

The group has been organizing theme based musical events in the city for the past few years.