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Utsav Educational And Cultural Society

Utsav Educational And Cultural Society is celebrating its 20 year of existence. Ranjana's Academy of Dance is holding its 21 st Annual Day with a presentation of ‘Tarang-The waves of Rhythm' on 9 th May, 2009 at Basement Theatre , India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 7 p.m. onwards.

The students at Utsav will be showcasing their talent that has blossomed under the guidance and unstinted efforts of their Guru Smt Ranjana Gauhar, the founder of the Academy, who is herself an exponent of the Odissi dance form and has been conferred with the Padmashri, the National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and bestowed with several other honours and titles.


'Performance And the Printed Word'

Sangeet Natak Akademi and The Federation of Indian Publishers have collaborated to present “Performance And the Printed Word” on one platform at the newly constructed Exhibition Hall (air-conditioned) at the Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhawan, 35 Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi-110 001.

The event titled “Performance and the Printed Word” will also have an exhibition and sale of books on music, dance and drama everyday from 11:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.

Some of the well known artists who will participate in the two day event are:
Dance: Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Shagun Butani, Sangeta Sharma, disciples of Smt Saroja Vaiyanathan, Yog Sunder and others.
Theatre: Arvind Gaur, Govind Yadav, Rashi Bunny and others


To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of First War of Independence, 1857 and the 60th Anniversary of India’s Independence, Sangeet Natak Akademi will present Swaranjali-a 3-day festival of Instrumental Ensemble and Choral music at 6.30 p.m. on the 4th, 5th and 6th May, 2009 and Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi.

Artists from different parts of the country will put a stimulating performance as a tribute to the martyrs, who sacrificed to give us our freedom and won independence for the country.

The festival will be inaugurated on the 4th May, 2009 by:
Shri Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor of Delhi.

On the closing day, 6th May, 2009:
Shri Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
has consented to be the Chief Guest.

The performing groups:

Monday, 4 May: Gandharva Choir: Madhup Mudgal, Delhi
Instrumental Ensemble: Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jaipur

Tuesday, 5 May: Madras Youth Choir. Chennai
All India Radio Vadya Vrinda, Delhi

Wednesday, 6 May: Calcutta Choir, Kolkata
All India Radio Vadya Vrinda, Chennai

“Unbound Beats of India” 2009 International Festival of Dance

Ranjana GauharUtsav Educational and Cultural Society owes its existence to the singular dedication and effort of its founder, the renowned Odissi exponent Ranjana Gauhar, a Padmashri & Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee. The Society has been relentlessly promoting and propagating Indian culture, dance and music for over two decades. Innovations within the realms of tradition are the main attributes of the Academy. Quality training is imparted to students in its classes where interaction with eminent gurus and senior artists is encouraged. Utsav, which aims at artistic, educational and humanitarian excellence, is recognized for maintaining high standards.

The Society has to its credit several performances, festivals, seminars on music and dance besides outstanding ballets drawn from mythology and contemporary subjects such as woman’s empowerment and environment. Utsav constantly endeavours to ignite an interest and a liking for the finer nuances of dance and music amongst a wider discerning audience. It is precisely this belief that has inspired Smt. Ranjan Gauhar to not only propagate the arts but also showcase the talent of the young dancers who will take it forward. Continuing the series of “Unbound Beats of India”, this year too, Utsav is organizing a two-day international festival of dance on the 25 & 26 May, 2009 at India Habitat Centre. Young, focused and committed artists of diverse dance styles will be performing in the event. click here for programme schedule


The 'Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival' from 2nd to 4th of April

Dr Sonal MansinghThe Founder President of “The Centre for Indian Classical Dances” (CICD), New Delhi , Dr Sonal Mansingh believes that “ No legacy is as rich as graciousness. ” Established in 1977, CICD has eminent people on its board. The untimely demise of one of its founder trustee Shri Jiwan Pani, a renowned poet, musicologist, scholar and educationist, welled up the deep sense of gratitude in Dr. Mansingh for this great human being. She undertook to establish a festival in his name as a gesture of gratitude and tribute in the year 1998 thorough “The Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival”.

Gifted with a multifaceted personality, Shri Pani was acclaimed and admired the world over as true representative of India 's rich culture and heritage. During his stint with the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi and later as Director, Kathak Kendra, Shri Jiwan Pani opened the windows of the minds of innumerable dancers, musicians and art-lovers, wrote extensively on Indian art and culture, gave lectures in India and abroad, researched in the ancient Indian heritage of the Vedas and left an indelible mark on the national cultural scene. In his untimely death in 1998, a silence continues to reverberate loudly even today in the country's cultural scenario.

“The Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival” is an annual feature of the CICD, which aims at providing a platform for an innovative, holistic and aesthetic expression of dance and music by veteran and young artists. Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. Uma Sharma, Kavita Dwibedi, Kum Kum Mohanty, Bijayini Satpathy, Shashadhar Acharya, Ranjana Gauhar and many other renowned artists have performed in the earlier festivals. This is the 9 th Festival in the series.

This year the three-day Festival will be held on 2nd, 3 rd and 4 th April'09 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road , New Delhi at 7 p.m. The inaugural day will feature, the famous Dhrupad vocalists-the Gundecha Brothers, while the celebrated vocalist, Pt. Chhanulal Mishra from Benaras will perform on 3 rd April'09 . To encourage and promote local talent, CICD will present the well-known flutist Rajendra Prasanna and the talented violinist Asghar Husain. On the closing day, Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra will receive the first Jiwan Ratna award, which has been instituted from this year. A recipient of the Gnan-Peeth and Sahitya Akademi award Dr. Mahapatra, is an eminent poet, author and former Secretary-Culture to Govt. of India. The renowned Hindi film director, writer, lyricist and poet Shri Gulzar will present the award to Dr. Mahapatra.

For details contacts:
Madhu Sen
(Consultant-media & co-ordination)
Mobile No. 9811421072


'Bharat Ratna' honour for Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the Indian Musical exponent was selected for the Bharat Ratna Honour, the supreme civilian honour of India. Bhimsen Joshi's guru was sri.Sawai Gandharva who was the disciple of Abdul Karim Khan, who along with his cousin Abdul Waheed Khan was the founder and chied exponent of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani music.

He has already received many honours including Karnataka Ratna in 2005, Maharashtra Bhushan in 2002, Padma Vibhushan in 1999, First platinum disc in 1986, Padma Bhushan in 1985, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1976, Padma Shree in 1972



18 th TO 23 rd2 NOVEMBER 2008

Click here for more details and programme schedule



Master Utsav Lal to perform in Chennai for the Rotary Club of Madras Industrial City

Master Utsav Lal
The Rotary Club of Madras Industrial City is organizing "Apoorva Ragam", a fund raising programme for its various community projects. Child Prodigy Piano Artist Utsav Lal from Dublin, Ireland will present a piano concert on Saturday, 20th September at, Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chennai.

16-year-old Utsav lal is one of India's yougest concert Pianists and has been acknowledged as a child prodigy. He has given over 60 National and International piano concerts in India and abroad. He is also the National record holder in the Limca book of records 2007 and he is a trained Jazz pianist and a Grade 8, Western classical pianist.

"Apoorva Ragam", the Piano concert by Utsav will include rendition of Indian classical Ragas and Utsav will present in the traditional Alaap, Jod, Jhala & follow up with original compositions (Gat's) to the accompaniment of the Tabla in medium & fast paced tempo. Many film compositions in the golden era of Hindi cinema were based on Ragas. Utsav will also present some evergreen, legendary film classics from films like Guide, Sangam etc.

For more details on the concert and donor passes, please contact

Rtn. R. Ramakrishnan, M: 98410 41534 or Rtn. .Sunder Mohan, M: 98403 37403.


Violin Maestro Sri. Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan passed away

Violin Maestro Sri. Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, whose royal bowing widened the carnatic music rasikas, is now history. The magic spell of Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan is now history. Aged 73, he was the all-time exponent in carnatic music instrumental music. Sri. Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan was Born on 2nd March 1935 , his childhood training was under his father Sri.Rama swamy Sasthry. He had the privilege to accompany eminent experts like Sri.Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Sri.Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Sri.Maharajapuram Santhanam and Sri.Chittoor Subramanya Pillai.

He could make carnatic music enjoyable for the layman as well. he also composed music for many films as well. Sri. Vaidyanathan was also the Secretary of the TamilNadu Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram for many years and has also conducted the renowned Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Utsavam for several years.

He ceased to accompany carnatic vocal artists from 1976 and started focusing more on solo performances. He got acclaim through his various experiments on style of playing violin For him these were new 'fingering techniques' and 'bowing techniques'. The demise of Sri. Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan is truly the end of a bright episode in the field of carnatic music. His music will keep on enlightening the masses in the years to come



Svanubhava - 'An Experience' :: Matrka, in association with YACM is conducting Svanubhava, a musical event exclusively for the students of Carnatic music click here

Raagalaya Foundation - concerts at Chennai
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82nd Birth Day Celeberations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy
Samithy Mandiram, Thekkenada post, Vaikom – 686 142
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The December Music Season Chennai

'December season' is the annual festival of classical music and dance in the South Indian metro city of Madras . This is because the concerts are organized in the month of December and January.
Click here for this years schedule of Chennai December music season

Chembai Sangeetholsavam at Guruvayur

The famous Chembai Sangeetholsavam (carnatic music festival) will be held from 07th November 2007 to 21st November 2007.

Only Hindus are permitted to participate in the music festival. Those below the age of 10 years are not eligible to apply. The applicant should have at least 3 years training in Carnatic music. Eminent maestros in the field of carnatic music will take part in the musical fete held at Guruvayoor temple, a prominent abode of lord Krishna



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