Mumbai is in for a special musical treat with the 37th edition of the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan. The who’s who among legendary doyens, maestros and stalwarts of Hindustani classical music will take the stage on December 5.
Among them are Sangeet Martand Pt Jasraj, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt Suhas Vyas, Subhra Guha and Shubha Mudgal. They will be joined by upcoming artistes seen as torch-bearers of the musical legacy.
The late legend Pt CR Vyas started the Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan in 1977, under the Maharashtra Lalit Kala Nidhi in memory of yesteryear’s doyen of the Agra Gharana, the late Pt Jagannath Buwa Purohit alias Gunidas — not only a great vocalist but also an acclaimed guru and composer, who had composed several ragas and bandishes under the pen-name Gunidas.
The first day of the concert will commence with talented brothers from Banaras Gharana, Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar on Shehnai, disciples of late Bharat Ratna Pt Ravi Shankar. This will be followed by vocalist Subhra Guha of the Agra gharana. The evening will conclude with celebrated legendary flautist Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia.
On December 6, the concert will begin with Pt Shivkumar Sharma disciple santoorist Dhananjay Dhaithankar followed by a performance of the eclectic legend Vidushi Shubha Mudgal. India’s first Grammy award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will conclude the evening with a Mohan Veena recital.
The following evening will be flagged off by the melodious and emotive renderings of vocalist Bharathi Pratap of the Agra gharana. She will be followed by the sitarist-duo from Dharwad, Ustad Rafique and Shafique Khan. And the finale will be provided by the divine voice of the Mewati maestro Pandit Jasraj.
The festival founder’s son Pt Suhas Vyas will enthrall with his vocals kicking off the concluding day of the festival, which will draw to a close with a sarangi duet by Sabir and Dilshad Khan of Sikar gharana who will be joined by tabla legend, Ustad Zakir Hussain.
(At Nehru Centre in Worli on December 5, 6, 7 and 10, 6.30pm onwards)