Devgandharva Mohotsav

The overwhelming response of the audience to these festivals of music encouraged the Samaj to go ahead and host 'Dev Gandharva Mahotsava' in the year 2002. It was decided that this festival commemorating Bhaskarbuwa Bakhle would be held at least for five years in succession. The enthusiasm of the music-lovers has kept it going for the last five years.

In the first year (2002) the artistes featured included Vishwamohan Bhatt (Guitar), Perveen Sultana(Vocal) Suresh Wadkar ( Sugam Sangeet). 'Yayati Ani Dewvayani', a musical play directed by Hemant Karnik was also staged.

In the year 2003, the festival was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Petroleum Ram Naik. It featured  Shubha Mudgal (vocal), Ronu Mazumdar (Bansuri) , 'Nakshatranche Dene' , a programme of bhavgeets and the musical play 'Matsyagandha' directed by Hemant Karnik

In the year 2004, the festival began with the sarod recital by the world famous Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. A theme- based concert entitled 'Hariroop Alok' by Dr.Asha Parasnis Joshi followed with the other artistes were Smt. Shruti Sadolikar Katkar and Dr.Ashwini Bhide Deshpande . Shirniwas Khale sangeet sandhya also presented in presence of Shirniwas Khale .'Saunshayakallol', a musical play ,directed by Ashish Deodhar and Mahesh Joshi was presented.

In 2005, Rashid Khan (vocal),Satish Vyas (santoor), a jugalbandi of Classical dance by Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi) and Archana Joglekar ( Kathak) were the highlights A programme of  sugamsangeet songs 'Sujan Kasa Man Mohi' was also presented.

In the fifth year (2006) the focus was on the 'Guru Shishya Parampara' in performance. Different 'guru shishya pairs were juxtaposed and presented. Ulhas Kashlkar- Ram Deshpande, Hariprasad Chaurasia-Sunil Awachat regaled the audience. 'Sant Vani', a theme based dance presentation by Dr.Kanak Rele was a great success. 'Baithakeechi lavani' another theme-based concert conceived and presented by Dr.Ashok Ranade and his pupils was clapped up by the audience.

Although, it was initially decided to hold the festival only for five years we know that the huge response of the reciprocative audience will not let us sit quietly. We have resolved to keep it going and make it an annual event to look forward to.

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