Musical feast for Punekars during ‘Taalchakra’ – Punekar News
Pune, 11th November: Punekars will get a chance to witness and enjoy a musical extravaganza during the three-day festival – ‘Taalchakra’, jointly organized by famous tabletop player Padma Shri Vijay Ghate and band Punit Balan, November 18-20. The three-day music festival will take place at Ganesh Sabhagruha, New English School Tilak Road on November 18 and at Mahalaxmi Lawns in Kothrud on November 19-20. The timing for the three days is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
It is the first festival of its kind in India, with particular emphasis on the rhythmic (taal) factor of music. This year, the 10th edition is supported by the Badhekar Group, PN Gadgil and Sons and the Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-operative Society, informed Padma Shri P. Vijay Ghate, mastermind behind the concept of Taalchakra and acclaimed exponent of Tabla. Rajas Upadhye, who will handle the overall management, was also present on the occasion.
The festival will kick off with Tabla-Pakhawaj duet presented by Pandurang Pawar, a disciple of Ramdas Bhoyar and Sukhad Munde at Ganesh Sabhagruha on November 18. Pawar is known for playing renditions of tabla gharanas including Delhi, Farrukhabad, Lucknow and Punjab. Munde is the son of legendary player Pakhawaj Pandit Manik Munde and learned his lessons from Bhakt Ganesh Anna Choudhary and Pandit Govindrao Deshmukh. It will be followed by a unique program – “Tanmay in Harmony” by composer Tanmay Deochake, which will offer a mix of classical, folk and Western Indian music and a performance on the harmonium. He will be accompanied by Yashwant Vaibhav (tabla), Shravan Samshi (drums), Tanmany Pawar (guitar), Amruta Thakurdesai, Atharva Kulkarni (synthesizer) and Abhishek Buruk (percussion).
On Saturday November 19, “Aavat Mohan”, a dance ballet based on original works by Sangit Mart and Pandit Jasraj, will set the tone for the day. The dance was conceptualized by famous kathak exponent Shama Bhate. Next, well-known flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and his colleagues will perform a special “Fusion 2022” show. Rakesh will be joined by well-known drummer Gino Banks, tabletop player Ojas Adhiya, bassist Sheldon D’silva, keyboardist and vocalist Sangeet Haldipur, guitarist Sanjay Das and Shreedhar Parthsarthy. This unique program is held for the first time in Pune.
On November 20, the first session will see a presentation of “Folk Drums of Maharashtra” by famous Dholak player Vijay Chavan, son of legendary Lavani dancer Sulochana Chavan. The 10th edition of the festival will end with an exciting joint performance by world renowned percussion maestro Shivamani, Vijay Ghate and Kathak dancer Sheetal Kolwalkar.
Ghate also said they plan to hold the “Taalchakra festival” in several cities across India over the next year, to celebrate the 10th edition.
Entry to the first day of the festival is free on a first-come, first-served basis, while subscription for the remaining two days is Rs.300/-.