Festival of living legends

Third day of Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav

Festival of living legends
Ustad Sujat Khan performs on the stage.

New Delhi: It was the third day of Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav on Saturday.   This is the 19th edition of Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav, which is dedicated to late PT. Ravi Shankar. Under the aegis of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts and with guidance of Dr. Vinay Bharat Ram and Dr. Uma Sharma (Bhartiya Sangeet Sadan) the festival has continuously grown with more luminaries joining the stage to a larger audience during the four days of performances. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts is the principal sponsor and committed to make this event, the premiere Indian, Classical music event of the country.
The first performance of the third day, started with Pt. Rajendra  Gangani. This festival is held in the name of great guru Swami Haridas and Tansen.  Swami Haridas  have written alot  about lord Krishna , Pt. Rajendra  Gangani started his  performance with the beautiful ashpadi written by Swami Haridas  which states    ‘Pratham  daras govind roop ke praanapiyaare , dooje mohanamadan , sanaatan suchi ur dhaare’.  Then he continue with the paramparik shudh nritya which consists of  upaj , thaat is typical jaipur gharana flavour,  and the special uthan  were followed by the ganesh paran which will prelude with Gaja Gamini  and also performed some of the special  lamchadd bols  through Paran.  As tansen ji was dedicated to his guru Swami Haridas. He also presented a Guru Bhajan to this guru - Shishya Parampara and ended his performance with jugalbandi a conversation between tabla and ghunghroo. Accompanist with Pt. Rajendra  Gangani on Tabla Pt Fateh Singh Gangani, Vocal by Sh. Mahadav Prasad

Journalist Smt. Manjari Sinha awarded by Savitri Pratap Singh Award for the contribution in Art and Culture through her Journalism.
The second performance given by renowned classical Dancer Padma Bhushan Dr. Uma Sharma. She is also the organizer of this Mahakumbh of this music and  dance, Dr. Uma Sharma started his performance with thumri "vaaree vaaree shyaam hoon vaaree", aur najirayaaseje nahin kahee aur ", ga kar bhaav ne bataaya . For the Guru Shishya Prampara she share the stage with her students and  gave chance to  perform.
Dr. Uma Sharma address to audience and said  that it is also our responsibility to keep the environment around us clean, it will not make any difference till the government makes the law, unless we change our own . She appealed to the youngsters to join the campaign of Save the environment  by using hastag #noplasticpollution.
Third Performance given by sitar player of the ‘Imdadkhani gharana’  Ustad Shujaat Khan. He started his performance in  Raag Tilak Kamod, the magic of his fingers and his voice forced all the audience to sway amidst the chill winds of Delhi. He said, "Every kind of music is liked in the world. You just keep listening to music. Good and bad.”. These two are always playing together. Every kind of music is there in the world. I am a small classical association. There are different kinds of people in the world, you are in every music. It is important ".
 The third day ended with the fourth performance by  vocal of Padma Shri Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar . Ulhas has imbibed the singing of the three music Gharana Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra.In a single performance, he showed the style of the three music Gharna. In keeping with the practice of raga, Ulhas Kashalkar described the beauty of the three music Gharna. However, they consider Gwalior as the basis of their singing.
It was in the 1970s that the festival was first organised in Vrindavan as a tribute to the bond between saint musician Swami Haridas and his disciple Tansen.
The festival shifted to Delhi much later. The idea is to revive the heritage of classical music and dance in the country.