Do you love Indian classical music? Are heritage structures your jam? Then check out the 29th edition of the Mumbai Sanskriti Music Festival.
The event takes place in an impressive neo-Gothic building in the city – the Convocation Hall on the Fort campus of the University of Mumbai.
It is organized by the Indian Heritage Society – Mumbai (IHS) and supported by Maharashtra Tourism and curated by Northern Lights. The theme this year is “Use Live Music to Save the Legacy” which underscores the need for iRaise awareness of Mumbai’s rich heritage.
The cultural festival, which started on April 10th and ends on May 1st, is practically organized this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
“Maharashtra holds the maximum number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites among any states and territories in the Union in India, which demonstrates the rich cultural diversity and heritage of the state,” said Dr. Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director of Tourism Directorate
The Mumbai Sanskriti Festival is an excellent initiative to showcase and promote the richness of our culture and we are proud to work with it. “
The venue, Convocation Hall, is one of the most breathtaking structures of the 19th century in Mumbai with beautiful Victorian glass windows, balconies and furniture made from Burmese teak, elaborate barbecue work and Minton tiles. It was awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Conservation of Cultural Heritage in 2007.
Moving on to the festival line-up, classical music fans can expect:
Several well-known classical musicians including Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Radhika Sood Nayak, Fazal Qureshi and Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande will perform at the Indian Heritage Society – Mumbai (IHS).
This year there will be four digital concerts that will be streamed exclusively on the Indian Heritage Society’s official YouTube channel.
These are as follows:
April 10, 7 p.m .: Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor)
April 17, 7 p.m .: Radhika Sood Nayak (Sufi)
April 24, 7 p.m .: Fazal Qureshi (Tabla)
May 1st, 7pm: Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocals)
Incidentally, the first festival took place in 1992 in the cultural heritage structure of the Banganga tank in Walkeshwar. Due to a Noise Pollution High Court order, it was later moved to the steps of the Asian Library and renamed the Mumbai Sanskriti Festival instead of the Banganga Festival.