Kothrud Sanskrutik Mahotsav: Kothrud Sanskrutik Mahotsav returns with a musical extravaganza | Cinema News

Even a sudden rain could not shake the spirit of classical singer Kaushiki Chakraborty who was in the middle of the Yaman raga she was performing, with percussionist Ustad Taufiq Qureshi and Pandit Ramdas Palsule on the accompanying Tabla. The audience was also absolutely captivated by the rains at the 12th Kothrud Sanskrutik Mahotsav final, held at the Ideal Colony Stadium recently.

Classical music lovers arrived at the venue with high expectations and they were impressed by the unique invention of the juxtaposition of vocals and classical instrumentation called TaalBrahma, which was performed on the last day. The audience cheered, applauded and enjoyed the unique creations as musicians Rakesh Chaurasia on flute, sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee, Ustad Qureshi and Pandit Palsule collaborated to create innovative pieces on stage.

Kaushiki Chakraborty said, “It’s amazing to be back on stage. I did a few shows after things opened up, but it’s very special to play with fellow musicians who are also your friends. Not only did I miss those improvisations we were doing on stage, but I also missed interacting with the audience.

“There is nothing better than physical performance,” added Chakraborty.

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The 12th edition saw a great response

The cultural event, which is known for its singing concerts attended by veteran musicians from across the country, has seen an astonishing response following the pandemic. The event was inaugurated with traditional Marathi musical instruments and saw former chief minister and current opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis as the main guest.

The audience burst into laughter on the first day as actors like Swapnil Joshi, Nilesh Sable, Bhau Kadam, Kushal Badrike, Shreya Bugde, Sarang Karande, Bharat Ganeshpureas performed a special episode of the popular comedy series “Chala Hawa Yeu Dya” .

Days 2 and 3 were designed as tributes to Lata Mangeshkar through the “Latadidi Ek Smaranyatra” program. While Day 2 saw veteran singers and music exponents like Dr. Salil Kulkarni, Suresh Wadkar, Vibhavari Apte-Joshi, Amar Oak share the golden age of Lata Mangeshkar’s musical journey, Day 3 has saw the presence of Usha Mangeshkar.

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After a year-long hiatus, the Kothrud Sanskrutik Mahotsav has been celebrated with full spirit and vigor, adding to the tradition of Pune culture. This year’s event was dedicated to Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar. In dedicating the Sanskriti Kala Gaurav Prize to him, we have declared that this prize will be awarded as ‘SwarLata Sanskriti Kala Gaurav Puraskar

– Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, President, Sanskruti Pratisthan



Didi’s voice was heavenly. A voice like his is unlikely to occur for the next two centuries. She is our God. For all of us, didi is bigger than the sky

-Usha Mangeshkar

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