The Gowda Saraswath Samaj is presenting "Santavani", a program of Kannada, Marathi and Hindi bhajans, on 15th January at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 6pm onwards.
The program also includes a Hindustani classical recital by Pt. Upendra Bhat from Pune and Srinivasa Joshi from Hyderabad.
A renowned singer of the Kirana Gharana, Pt. Upendra Bhat began his musical career under Sangeeth Vidwan Narayan Pai of Mangalore. He then received further training under Pandit Madhav Gudi, a senior disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and later from Joshi himself.
He holds a master's degree in music, Sangeet Visharad and Sangeet Alankar, awarded by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. He is a graded artist of All-India Radio, and was felicitated by the then President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma, for his contribution to music. He also received the 'Musician Of The Year Award' in the year 2000 from the Andhra Pradesh Association of North America.
Srinivasa Joshi is a classical vocalist who has been present in Hyderabad's musical circle for almost 25 years now. He is known for his rendition of Marathi, Konkani, Telugu and Kannada bhajans.
The proceeds from the program will go to the Gowda Saraswath Samaj's building fund.
Donor passes are priced at Rs. 1,000, Rs. 500 and Rs. 250. Please contact S. N. Nayak at 9247260075, or V. S. Kamath at 27800337 for donor passes.