Head over this month for the seventh edition of Bansuri Utsav, a musical event that will present several Hindustani classical music greats including Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Trilok Gurtu and Vivek Sonar. Organised by Gurukul Pratishthan, a charitable trust founded by Vivek Sonar, it’s the only festival in the world dedicated solely to the flute and was born with the idea to preserve and promote Indian classical music.
The musical weekend will begin with the Flute Symphony, a program where artists spanning three generations will play different raga based compositions on the flute, accompanied by instruments such as the keyboard, saxophone, djembe and more. The evening will finish off with a performance by Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
The next day’s event will include percussion king Trilok Gurtu accompanied by Ravi Chari on sitar and Vivek Sonar on flute and will conclude with a performance by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia says, “Over the years Vivek has taken my beloved instrument, the flute to more and more people in different places and to people with different preferences. He is doing it in an interesting format like ‘Flute Symphony,’ which is unheard of and luminaries from the world of music and connoisseurs have been kind to him and lauded his efforts.”
The event is a must-watch for fans of classical music as well as those looking for an introduction into the melodious world of Indian classical music.
When January 4 and 5
Where Shri Shiv Samartha Mandal High School Grounds, Opposite Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane