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Sankatmochan Music fest starts in virtual mode | Varanasi News – Times of India

The annual music fest being organised on digital platform

Varanasi: Like final 12 months, the well-known conventional annual musical pageant of the town, Sankatmochan Music Festival of Indian classical music and dance commenced on virtual platform from May 1 this 12 months too.
The six-day pageant was organised on digital platform final 12 months for the primary time resulting from Covid unfold. “Even in such a difficult time, the tradition is being maintained on digital platform,” mentioned the Mahant of Sankat Mochan Temple Prof Vishwambhar Nath Mishra. To pay homage to famous vocalist late Pt Jasraj who died resulting from Covid-19 on August 17, 2020, the second evening of the fest began with a clipping of his previous efficiency.
The first evening of the pageant witnessed the efficiency of Lokesh Anand (shehnai), Ram Prapann Bhattacharya (sitar), Atul Shankar (flute), Ganesh Prasad Mishra (vocal), and Pt Sukhdev Prasad Mishra (violin), whereas the musicians together with Ankur Mishra (sitar), Vasundhara Sharma (kathak), Pt Devashish Dey (vocal), Majisha Patil (vocal), and Paromita Deshmukh (bhajan) introduced their efficiency.
Every 12 months, the fest is held on the event of Hanuman Jayanti in April. The allure of the pageant entices guests in a way that they benefit from the nigh-lengthy performances of the fest in the temple premises.
This music pageant is open to all and artists carry out right here without spending a dime. They contemplate to be honoured and blessed to carry out in this fest and present their respect and devotion to Lord Hanuman by their efficiency. The stage is fashioned on the veranda dealing with the Lord Hanuman’s idol in the sanctum sanctorum. The courtyard is filled with the viewers.
Started in 1923, the pageant has witnessed the efficiency of celebrated musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Anup Jalota, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Kelucharan Mahapatra and plenty of others.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has disillusioned the music lovers. The pandemic additionally induced an ideal loss to the Indian music as many famend musicians together with Pt Jasraj, Pt Rajan Mishra and Debu Chowdhary died resulting from Covid-19, mentioned the mahant.


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