This year, the 64th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav will remember the bygone “Era of LP records” in its photo exhibition by Sandeep Paknikar, titled with the same name. The exhibition will showcase 72 artworks of Indian classical music in LP records. The LP (from “long playing” or “long play”) is an analog sound storage medium.
“The digital age resides in music through iPods and the Internet and so on. However, there used to be an era when music centres sold LP records for Rs 1 and 2. The record covers used to have beautiful art with typography using photographs or paintings of the artist. This exhibition will display that artwork,” said the photographer.
This year will mark the 100th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna’s MS Subbulakshmi and Ustad Bismillah Khan. While the first day of the festival, December 7, will be dedicated to Khan, the fourth and the last day will pay a tribute to Subbulakshmi. A short film festival ‘Shadja’ and ‘Antaranga’, that showcases interviews with veteran artistes, have been a part of the festival for several years. Following the tradition, this year’s Vatsalabaai Joshi Award will go to the noted Dhrupad vocal duo, Gundecha Brothers, comprising of Pt. Ramakant and Pt. Umakant Gundecha.
The short film festival will feature a biopic directed by V Rajgopal on vocalist MS Subbulakshmi and the tradition of Carnatic music. This will be followed by another short directed by Dr K Prabhakar on late Shehnai exponent Ustad Bismillah Khan and his contributions. As a part of Antaranga, veterans of Indian classical music will hold an interactive session. An interview of renowned Surbahar player, Ustad Irshad Khan will also take place on the first day, following which vocalist Ganapati Bhat will interact with the audience. Both the events will take place at Sawai Gandharva Smarak on Ganeshkhind Road near Rahul theatre between 10 am and 12.30pm during the festival.
Executive president Shrinivas Joshi announced tickets can be booked online through their new website.