Pt. Bhagwan Ram Music Festival Since 2011, Kharghar has been witnessing an array of globally recognized classical music stalwarts at the Pt. Bhagwan Ram Music festival. Ranging from the greatest known legends and upcoming talents of his rich and traditional industry the festival endeavours to propagate the various traditions and flavours of Indian classical music.
The event is staged annually at the massive Central Park ground, Kharghar witnessed by approximately 10000 classical music lovers travelling from all over India.
The legendary musicians like Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. Pratap Patil, Pt. Mukundraj Deo, Pt. Ritesh Rajnish Mishra, Pt. Bhawani Shankar, Shri Shubh Maharaj and more have performed at this prestigious festival.
27th April 2018
1) Shri Naresh Madgaonkar (Santoor solo)
2) Dr. Rewa Natu (Classical Vocal)
3) Shri Vishal Krishna (Kathak dance).
28th April 2018
1) Vidushi Manju Mehta (Sitar solo)
2) Shri Aditya Modak (classical vocal)
3) Taal Vadya Kacheri
Pt. Pratap Patil, Pt. Satyajit Talwalkar, Pt. Navin Sharma, Pt. Vijay Chavan, Shri Satish Krishna Murthy, Shri Sandip Mishra.
VIDUSHI MANJU MEHTA
Vidushi Manju Mehta fell in love with the sitar at the age of thirteen, under the guidance of her brother, Shashimohan Bhatt, who trained and nurtured her in her early years of music. She went on to learn under Damodarlal Kabra and Pt. Ravi Shankar. Her sense of melody, rhythmic control and creativity create a lasting impression. She has the ability to breathe life into ragas. The sitar traditionally has been a male domain, Mehta has been one of the few women to break that barrier and indeed blur the boundaries, by establishing that music can be the great equaliser.
SHRI VISHAL KRISHNA
Vishal Krishna is an 11th generation dancer of the Banaras Gharana. He trained under the strict discipline and skill of his grandmother, Kathak Queen, Sitara Devi at just three years old. He also trained under Pt. Mohan Krishan and Pt. Ravi Shankar Mishra. Owing to his training, Krishna displays the unique movements of the Banaras style; dances that reect the divine movements of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.
Krishna takes the audience on a journey. Through his movements, elevating them to a higher level of consciousness, where the audience can experience the true essence of the dance. His movements display rhythmic brilliance and are laced with grace and, bravura and showmanship through his pirouettes and poses, which makes one think of cherublike Lord Krishna. He uses his movements to tell the audience a story. He faces the challenge of the space of the stage like a writer faces the challenge of the blank page.
Vishal Krishna teaches and choreographs dances for students performing in India as well overseas.
A pakhawaj player and teacher himself, Pt. Pratap Patil is a third generation pakhawaj player within the Patil family. He began training at the age of six as a disciple of his father, Shri. Bhagwansheth Aba Patil, a renowned Pakhawaj player himself. He further trained under Pt. Shri Ram dada Mistri and Pt. Shri. Bhawani Shankar.
The rhythm of the pakhawaj reflects the spectrum of human emotion. Through his music, he has the ability to hold the audience spellbound, allowing the audience to immerse themselves, and transcend not only themselves but also the music to a deeper level of understanding.
He has performed at ICCR in New Delhi, Savai Gandharva Festival, Dhrupad Mela in Banaras, Kelucharan Mahapatra Barsi and World Percussion Festival to name a few. He has also performed in USA, UK, France, Canada and Japan. He has performed with his Guru, Pt. Bhavani Shankar, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Pt. Satish Vyas and Pt. Nayan Ghosh among other musical greats.
Kunal Patil's music finds its way to embodying itself within the audience. Beats of the Pakhawaj have a way of imitating the beats of the human heart. The rising and dropping tempo of the beats create a feeling for the audience to experience. Known as the instruments of the Gods, this divine instrument has been an integral part of the family for four generations. Kunal began playing the Pakhawaj at a tender age, and it has stayed with him since; trained by his grandfather, Shri Bhagwansheth Aba Pal and his uncle, Pt. Pratap Pal.
Currently, he is training under Vishv Vikhayat Tabla Vadak Pt. Kumar Bose of Banaras Gharana. He was awarded the title of Maharashtra Bhushan (2015) from Mumbai press association. He has performed with Hindustani Classical Music greats like his Guru Taalmani Pt. Pratap Pal, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt. Jaiteerth Meundi, Pt. Debojyoti Bose and Vishal Krishna. He has performed at Dhrupad Mela in Banaras, Naadam Festival in Kolkatta, Khajuraho Festival, Sur Shringar, ICCR in New Delhi, World Percussion Festival and Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra to name a few.
Satyajit Talwalkar is the son of the renowned tabla maestro, Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, and classical vocalist, Vidushi Padma Talwalkar. His interest in percussion was nurtured by his father and following in his footsteps, Talwarkar has become a masterful accompanist to instrumental and vocal music, as well as a solo artist. He is a member of the ensemble 'Taal Vadya Kacheri' and has accompanied major Hindustani artists including Rashid Khan and Shaheed Parvez. Talwalkar has performed extensively in India and his overseas performances include shows at France, Netherlands, United States and several South Asian countries. He is keen on Fusion, World Music and Jazz. Talwalkar's international collaborations include the likes of Louis Banks and world-renowned percussionist Trilok Gurtu.
Pt. Navin Sharma was born on November 5, 1975. He was born in Kalyan. He attended pet oford Convent school Kalyan. This Perak-born performer continues to surprise audience where ever he goes with everything from soothing, ballads to folk and classical. Navin showed love for music from an early age, however, and by the age of 12 was taking his rst steps as an artist and as a performer, he played with the legend R.D. BURMAN on his private album.
He learnt dholak from his rst guru his own father Shri. Shyam R. Sharma. It was his dream to learn tabla from the great maestro Abbaji (Ustad ALLAH RAKHA KHAN) and so he learnt and now in present, it's his pleasure that he is getting chances to perform with his son Ustad Zakir Hussain in masters of percussion from the year 2007 and so it continues. There he established the creative peak of his career developing a style that was respectful of tradition, yet full of innovation over a lifetime of performance.
Naresh began his classical music journey at the age of eight, taking his first steps with the harmonium, training under Pt. Rajendra Singbal at Swar Srungar Music Academy in Mapusa, Goa. His calling, however, was the santoor, a passion which arose when he heard a soul-stirring santoor performance by Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma.
After training himself on the santoor at the age of fourteen, he sought and received guidance and training from Dr. Sudhanshu Kulkarni in Kala Academy in Goa and then from Dr. Dhananjay Daitankar in Pune. He went on to further pursue his love for Hindustani Classical Music, earning a Master's degree, specializing in the santoor.
Presently, he is a disciple of Padmashree Pt. Sash Vyas. When Madgaonkar plays the santoor, the music has an underlying sense of innocence and pure joy. Naresh has performed for the former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpai.
Satish Krishnamurthy is a multi-talented artist, Sash Krishnamurthy plays mridangam, thavil, kanjira and ghatam. His passion however, is the mridangam, the skill of which he honed under Guru Vidwan T.S. Nandkumar. He is trained in the art of Classical Carnatic Vocal from Guru Shrima Rukhmini Shankar and Guri Kalyani Sharma.
He has a unique style creates a melodic rhythm, drawing in the listener. He has assisted Shiva Mani in creating the music for the movie, 'Before the rains'. He presently teaches music at Bharata college and is the Director of Swaralaya Sangeet Vidyalaya in Mumbai.
Aditya Modak is a child prodigy began his training in Hindustani Classical Music at the age of ve under Shri. Chandrakant Parker and Shri. Pradeep Dhond. He is presently learning under the able guidance of Dr. Ram Deshpande of the Gwalior Gharana. You can feel his classically trained voice modulating pitch and tone. Aditya Modak has attained Sangeet Alankar and Visharad Purana from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and holds a diploma in Performing Arts from the University of Mumbai. A qualied Chartered Accountant by profession at J.P. Morgan Chase.
DR. REWA NATU
Dr. Rewa Natu, a disciple of her father, was introduced to Hindustani Classical Music by her father, Pt. Vinayak Phatak. Rewa began training at the age of twelve under the tutelage of late Shri. Dattopant Agashebua of Gwalior Gharana. She further trained under the Dr. Digvijay Vaidya and the late Pt. Sharad Gokhale.
She is known for capturing emotion in song in her own distinctive style. Methodically migrating from one raga to another, she uses the skill and beauty in her voice to draw the audience in and cast an enchanting spell. She holds a Master's degree and a PhD in music. She is empanelled at All India Radio and performs both classical and semiclassical music forms.