Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj is organising the 37th Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh, from 27th to 30th November, at the Chowmahalla Palace. This year, 10 artistes, including upcoming as well as senior performers, will perform during the 4-day festival. The Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj will perform a grand Hindustani vocal recital on the closing day.
Pandit Jasraj was born in 1930. Though his father Pandit Motiram was a renowned Hindustani vocalist, Pandit 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 Panditji's father.
However, at the age of 14, he rebelled against the humiliating treatment given to accompanying artists, and vowed to never to 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, as Panditji went on to become one of the greatest musicians of the nation. He has performed at various cities of India, and at all parts of the world. He has received several titles and awards, including Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Martand, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, a Doctorate in Music by Vishwa Unnayan Sansad (West Bengal), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
The schedule for the 4-day music festival is as below:
7:30pm - Hindustani Vocal By Pritam Bhattacharya
8:30pm - Santoor Recital By Pt. Shivkumar Sharma
7:30pm - Hindustani Vocal By Tripti Mukherjee
8:30pm - Hindustani Vocal By Ulhas Kashalkar
7:30pm - Kalaripayattu By Kalari Academy Of Performing Arts
8:15pm - Hindustani Vocal By Suman Ghosh
9:00pm - Qawwali By Munnawar Masoom
7:30pm - Carnatic Flute Recital By Shashank
8:30pm - Tabla Recital By Yogesh Samsi
9:30pm - Hindustani Vocal By Sangeet Martand Pt Jasraj
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 is usually held at the Nizam College grounds, which was where his father and his brother taught music to several students. The festival has been on for over 35 years.
Entry to the samaroh is free. Please contact the Department of Culture at 2324-2482 for further details.