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Dr Vasantrao Deshpande birth centenary

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The birth centenary celebration of Dr Vasantrao Deshpande, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist and Marathi stage artist, who left indelible impression on theatre and films with his immemorable compositions, begins from May 2, 2019.

The work of his disciple Pandit Chandrakant Limaye and his bondage towards his “Guru”, is well known. As such it would have been surprise if Limaye was not to take initiative to organise master class programs on the occasion of Dr Deshpande’s birth centenary. Limaye, set up the Vasantrao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha (VDSS) in 2000, to continue the legacy and cultural heritage of his Guru, who had purity in singing and had capacity to captivate listeners with his mercurial and dramatic style of singing. To revive the memories of Vasantrao and take forward his heritage, Limaye has organised different programs through this year.

Limaye is the chief trustee of the VDSS, which has organised inaugural program on May 5, 2019 at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, from 5 pm to 10 pm. A special souvenir dedicated to Vasantrao will be released on the occasion. Achyut Godbole, Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande, Faiyyaz, former Police Commissioner Arvind Inamdar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and others will revive the memories of Vasantrao on the occasion.

A special program titled “Vasant Bahar”, throwing light on Vasantrao’s singing, will also be staged by Limaye, with his disciples. They will include, Vasantrao’s compositions, including “Bandish”, “Thumri”, “Natya Sangeet, and film music, in an audio visual program. The audience will also get the opportunity to enjoy the songs sung by Nupur Kashid-Gadgil (Gwalior gharana) and Padmbhushan Pandita Prabha Atre. This program is free for the audience.

The programs will also be organised by VDSS in Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Solapur, Belgaon and Goa. Besides, workshops will also be organised.

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