The 38th Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh
is being organized by the Department of Culture, together with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. It is a 3-day music festival, from 29th November to 1st December, and is being conducted at the Chowmahalla Palace. Performers during the festival include Bharatanatyam dancer Shirisha Shashank, sitarist Manju Mehta, flautist Master S Akash, tabla player Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Saxophonist Kadiri Gopalnath, and vocalists Pt. Sanjeev Anhayankar, Ankita Joshi and Madhup Mudgal.
On the second day, Pandit Jasraj will perform a Hindustani vocal recital, at 9:30pm.
Pt. Jasraj was born in 1930. Though his father Pandit Motiram was a renowned Hindustani vocalist, Jasraj, after a brief initiation into vocal music by his father, opted for the tabla, under the training of Pandit Pratapnarayan. This was merely a decision taken to create an additional means of livelihood in order to lighten the burden of family responsibilities, that were thrust upon by the sudden demise of his father.
However, at the age of 14, he rebelled against the humiliating treatment given to accompanying artists, and vowed to never be an accompanist, and decided to learn singing. Under the tutelage of his older brother, Sangeet Mahamahopadhyaya Pandit Maniram, and with the spiritual influence of Maharaja Jaywant Singhji Waghela, Pandit Jasraj began his vocal and spiritual journey.
Thereafter, there was no looking back. He has not only performed at various cities of India, but also all parts of the world. He has received several titles and awards, including Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Martand Sangeet Kala Ratna, the Sangeet Natak Academi Award, a Doctorate in music by Vishwa Unnayan Sansad (West Bengal), the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, and the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
About The Festival
In memory of his late father Pandit Motiram and his brother Pandit Maniram, Pandit Jasraj, in association with the Department of Culture, organizes an annual music festival in Hyderabad. It was being held at the Nizam College grounds, which was where his father and his brother taught music to several students. However, since 2009, the venue has been shifted to the Chowmahalla Palace. Started in 1972, this festival is on for the 38th year.
Entry to the samaroh is free. Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.