The organisers of the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Joshi music festival are now exploring a new market for classical music among the youths and are planning special discounts for tickets. About 20-30 years down the line,when these college-goers will grow old and will be financially-independent,they might attend a classical music event like ours. Why not encourage them to attend it now itself, said a trustee of the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal,which organises the festival.
The mandal said the main aim behind implementing students discounts on the tickets this year is to reach out to more and more young people and bring them closer to the heritage of classical Indian music.
Even though Ruta Ghotkar,a final-year student of Sanskrit from Fergusson College,Pune,has been attending the music festival since she was in Class 9,this year she is even more excited. The reason is the fact that the festival organisers have started recognising students as serious audience at the festival.
I have a classical music background. I attend both singing and dance performances. I am very glad that organisers have started giving concession in tickets to the students. It wouldnt have received this much response without it, she says pointing to the fresh line-up of artists at the festival,which includes a number of debut performers.
Gauri Gharpure shares Ghotars happiness. She had attended the festival for the first time last year> She was so moved by the melody of the performances that she decided to book her tickets for this years festival too. This year many young musicians will perform. I think the festival will be a good platform to exhibit their talent, says Gharpure,a BSc second-year student.
Many students are also excited about attending the legendary jugalbandi performances between veteran artistes. Sharvari Kulkarni,a UoP postgraduate student,has been attending the festival for three years and is now looking forward to solo performances of seasoned artistes.
One thing which I like about it is that it gives you opportunity to witness solo performances of great people on one platform. This year I am looking for Jasrangi Jugalbandi of Ashwini Bhide and Sanjiv Abhyankar. I havent heard of this kind of jugalbandi before. It will be interesting to see perform them together, she says.