On the occasion of the 36th Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh 2008, the Department of Culture, together with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, is organising a 4-day music festival, from 27th to 30th November, at the Nizam College grounds. Young and upcoming artistes will share the dais with some senior ones. Performers include sarangi player Sabir Khan, Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghunathan, Hindustani vocalists Pandit Jasraj, Ratan Mohan Sharma, Hemang Mehta and Sanjeev Abhyankar, sitarist Niladri Kumar, Bharatanatyam dancer Subha Visweswaran, violinist Dr. N Rajam, renowned Mohan veena player Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and tabla player Kumar Bose.
Today, the penultimate day, Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma will perform a Hindustani vocal recital, the 2nd recital of the day. Rattan Mohan Shrama belongs to the prestigious Mewati gharana which has given rise to gems like Pandit Motiram, Pandit Maniram, Pandit Pratap Narayan and Pandit Jasraj, to Indian classical music. Rattan himself is a nephew and disciple of maestro Pandit Jasraj.
He initially learned to play the tabla till the age of 15 years, and then came under Pt. Jasraj, who sharpened Rattan Sharma's skills. He has toured various countries, along with Pt. Jasraj, as an accompanying vocalist. Rattan’s talent was recognised by music companies, and his albums include the Dharohar series, brought out by Times music, in which he sang raag Yaman and raag Jog in Vilambit khayal, and the Gharana series, brought out by HMV, in which he represented the Mewati gharana and sang Gujari and Malkauns.
In memory of his late father Pandit Motiram, and brother Pandit Maniram, Pandit Jasraj, in association with the Department of Culture, organizes an annual music festival at the Nizam College grounds, where his father and brother taught music to several students. The festival has been on for the past 35 years.
Entry to the samaroh is free. Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.