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Manik Bhide bags Bhimsen Joshi award

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The Government of Maharashtra has done a good job by instituting a lifetime achievement award in the name of the late Bhimsen Joshi. This year the award went to Manik Bhide who taught the singer of the caliber of Ashwini Bhide. The earlier awardees included eminent singers like Kishori Amonkar, Jasraj and Prabha Atre.The government has also instituted scholarships for meritorious students who are learning classical music. They also host a festival of music dedicated to the memory of Bhimmsen Joshi. It is held at different venues and scholars are also given exposure at this festival.

This year the festival was held in the open at the Ravindra Natya Mandir. Aditya Apte, a talented sarodist and a pupil of Pradeep Barot of the Maihar gharana was featured as the first artiste. He played alaps, jod and gats in the raga 'Shree'. It was a wonderful choice and a wonderful performance with young Tejovrush Joshi on the tabla. He too is a brilliant tabla player. Kala Ramnath played the raga 'Bihag' in the most serene manner. Her command of the idiom is amazing. Bhushan Parchure lent superb support on the tabla.

Arshad Khan of the Kirana gharana is now looked upon as a torch bearer. His performance too was superb.

Omkar Dadarkar, who is now a guru at the ITC sponsored Sangeet Research Academy.His 'Shankara' was a splendid piece. Ravindra Chary played the raga 'Shyam Kalyan' in a most effective manner. His alaps and jod were well structured and with a brilliant tabla sangat by Ramdas Palsule it was indeed a treat.

Rewa Natu from Poona is a pupil of the late Veena Sahasrabuddhe. Rewa is a competent musician. She sang the raga 'Hemant' and 'Adana'. With a flurry of descending taans, her 'Adana' managed to impress the audience. Supriya Joshi on the harmonium and Pushkar Joshi on the tabla lent good support.

The festival concluded with a dignified performance by senior flautist Keshav Ginde who played the raga 'Bihag' and also a dhun in a most moving way. It was indeed a grand finale.

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