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Pitru Paksha september 8-23/2014

The whole world is aware of the incidence of September 11 /2001

Thousands of people died in  New York.  Lets pray for their soul rest in peace. 

Listen to this audio clip : एक हृद्य स्पर्शी कविता 

Poem and Narration: Shashikant Panat
Music Director: Kishor Katti
Singer: Usha Sathe


Exclusive: एक्सक्लूझिव्ह

An excellent example set by Maharashtrian community Ujjain India: एक उत्तम उदाहरण 

A beautiful example of celebrating Ganapati set by Marathi Community Ujjain India.

This year Maharashtrian community decided to bring a clay idol of Ganapati, but they did not stop there, They did all the ceremonies, miravnuk for Bappa’s visarjan but instead of doing visarjan in a lake , pond or sea, they did Ganapati idol visarjan

In a big water container [ a big drum/ barrel ] They are planning to use this muddy water to plant trees around their neighborhood / city .

Following them, a lot of house -hold ganpati visarjan happened this way and the muddy water got used in plantation.

Hats off to this group for their effort to save the environment, such a beautiful idea!

 An example for all the communities who celebrate Ganpati :They still can do all the back ground decoration as big and grand as they want , but the Ganapati idol should be a medium size clay idol, which they can immerse in a portable vessel to be used for plantation.

The idea of doing a sarvajanik Ganapati was of Lokmanya Tilak, and the effort was to bring community together and not to bring a bigger/ fancier / multiple medium idols.

It’s so sad to see the after visarjan scenario, the Ganapati idols are broken into pieces

And the city administration has to remove them with the help of cranes.

The core members to take this initiative was:

Subhash Amritphale

Suhas Bakshi

Prashant Sohole.

Enjoy a few pictures of this grand celebration.

Virangula and Ankur arts presents Santwani in Bracknell England
संतवाणी Octo. 11/2014

A very unique  program

The program is  an amalgamation of abhang, songs and dohe of different saints of India presented through Indian classical dances and semi-classical singing. The highlight of the program is the Dindi which will bind the audience with the exuberant expressions of devotion. The program is for 3 hours and our in house artistes are gearing up for a beautiful experience mutually.

शब्दची आमुच्या जीवाचे जीवन| शब्देची धन वाटू जनलोका||
तुका म्हणे पहा शब्दची हा देव| शब्देची गौरव पूजा करू||

Its more than just spirituality. Dnyaneshwari, Tukaram Gatha, Dasbodh are masterpieces in Marathi literature.

Come join us in this journey of Santwani, as we present some enchanting compositions of our saints through dance and song, and showcase an age-old tradition of bhakti which continues to grow to this day.

This group support  Grammangal 

Program Details; Saturday, 11th October 2014
Garth Hill School, Bracknell (RG42 2AD)
12:00pm to 03:00pm

Omkar Dadarkar's concert in LA ओमकार दादरकर September 20/2014

When globalization is firmly gripping the world making most of the modern society involved in material gold-rush,very few persons maintain their originality and tradition. Omkar Dadarkar is one of them. Born in Mumbai on 30 th July 1977,he was enthused by his parents, both being Marathi Natya-Sangeet performer and took his initial training under Mr.Ram Deshpande and received scholarship from C.C.R.T.(New Delhi). As the nephew and shishya of the legendary vocalist Padma Shri Manik Verma, Omkar was fortunate enough to get taleem from her. 

                   Omkar’s performances in several Music Conferences in the cities of New Delhi,Kolkata,Mumbai,Kanpur Lucknow,and in abroad like Canada,Nepal,Bangladesh etc.were highly applauded. He received the prestigious Vidyasagar Award from Music Forum. Omkar is recognized as promising upcoming talent and won prestigious “Shanmukhananda Hall-Mumbai-Sangeet Shiromani” award while is the first recipient of “Chaturanga Sangeet Shishyavrutti Award” given by Chaturanga Pratishthan in collaboration with Mhaiskar Foundation,Mumbai. Omkar was recently awarded by Sangeet Natak Academy New Delhi,.Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009. Now he is working with I.T.C.Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata as a Musician Tutor. His handsome voice with embellished tans is gradually establishing Omkar as a brilliant performer in the world of Indian Classical Music.

Devotional singers group from konkan India : कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

Devotional Singers group from Konkan;

" Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."  

Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.

The precise definition of Konkan varies, it is roughly the land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, and between the Tapi river in the north and the Chandragiri river in the south. It includes the following districts of modern India: Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, North Goa, South Goa.

Konkan has a lot  of devotional groups who compose and sing those devotional songs in various groups, especially around Ganesh Chaturthi . These groups follow a special format to compose and sing these songs along with dance. Gan, Stavan, Abhang, Golan, Kavvali,

Bharud are popular formats which coincides in "Gajar".

As Ganesh chaturthi is around the corner [ Aug 29 ] and they have a lot of these devotional songs in store, we will upload  selected ones for all the readers to enjoy.

कोकणातील भजन मंडळे

भजन म्हणजे भक्ती. या भक्तीत एकरूप होण्यासाठी टाळ-मृदंगाच्या साथीने रंगून जाणं, ही कोकणची खासियत. गणेशोत्सवात तर या भजनांना अधिकच रंग चढतो. गणेशोत्सवाच्या रात्री भजनाच्या साथीने सजतात, जागविल्या जातात. महिनाभर आधीच नवी गाणी, नवी बारी बसवण्यासाठी भजन मंडळांची तयारी सुरू होते. तबला, मृदंग सजवणार्‍या कारागिरांची लगबगही वाढते. चतुर्थीच्या रात्री गॅस बत्तीच्या उजेडात टाळ-मृदंगासह भल्या मोठ्या पायपेटीचं ओझं घेऊन लगबगीनं वावरणारी भजनी मंडळं बघितली की, या भजन कलेबद्दल अप्रूप वाटायला लागतं. कोकणात प्रत्येक वाडीवर आता भजनी मंडळं असतात. गावातील माहितगाराच्या मार्गदर्शनाखाली किंवा बाजारात येणार्‍या मान्यवर बुवांच्या कॅसेट ऐकून आपल्या भजन बार्‍या बसवल्या जातात.
मध्यंतरीच्या काळात काहीशी मागे पडलेली भजन कला आता वाढत्या स्पर्धांमुळे पुन्हा एकदा प्रकाशझोतात आली आहे. ही कला आता व्यावसायिक रूप घेत आहे. पूर्वी केवळ चतुर्थीतच ऐकू येणारी भजन बारी आता वर्षभर विविध कार्यक्रमांची रंगत वाढवताना दिसते. आता तर भजन कलाकार संघटितही होऊ लागले आहेत. कालानुरूप चित्रपटातील गाण्यांमध्ये बदल घडत गेले तरी पूर्वापार चालत आलेला भजनी साचा तसाच राहिला आहे. गण, स्तवन, नोटेशन रूपकामधला गजर, अभंग, गौळण, कव्वाली किंवा भारूड आणि शेवटचा गजर असं भजनाचं रूपडं तर गाणं म्हणणारा बुवा, मृदुंगमणी, चक्कीवाला (तालरक्षक) कोरस अशी भजनी मंडळी! 'जय जय राम कृष्ण हरी'ने सुरू झालेलं, उत्तरोत्तर कव्वाली, गजरात रंगत जाणारं भजन ऐकून मन तल्लीन होतं.

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