This Festival of Music, with a Tradition of Four Decades, Has Become one the main Activities in the Cultural Life of Pune City. Rambhau Kundagolkar Alias Savai Gandharva was Chief Disciple of Late Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. Savai Gandharva, a Great Khayal Singer, Lived not only as the Torch Bearer of the Kirana Gharana but Perpetuated the Glorious tradition by Training Disciples like Smt Gangubai Hangal, Firoz Dastoor & Bhimsen Joshi-Stalwarts in their own right today. After Savai Gandharva’s Demise the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal in Pune Decided to commemorate him through this 3 Night Long Festival. For the last Four Decades, the Tradition Has Continued Without a Break. Almost all great artists have performed on this concert platform. To all aspects of music-vocal instrumental & Dance. Artists from all Gharanas have presented their art here. Inclusion of Artists from the South Indian Style is also special feature of this festival. Savai Gandharava festival has thus become a living example of unity in diversity of our culture. This recording has been mastered on professional digital equipment, However we regret our inability to remove some disturbances, already present in the original analogue recordings made under concert conditions.
TABLA Kedar Pandit
HARMONIUM Arwind Thatte
SOUND ENGINEERING P M Ramteke
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Ajit Soman
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About the Author
One of the most popular contemporary khayal singers, Pt. Jasraj belongs to the Mewati gharana. His sonorous voice effortlessly traveses over all three and half octaves, Pandit Jasraj¬s vocal are characterised by a blend of austere and opulent elements, projecting traditional music and an intense spiritual expression at once chaste and densly coloured .He has perfect diction, clarity of sur and command over all aspects of laya are other highlights of his music. He pays great attention to the choice of the composition and the words in it. This sensitivity together with his pure classical approach have given his music a lyrical quality which is the quintessence of the Mewati style of singing.
His biggest contribution to Indian music is the simple rendition of raga while maintaing its grammar. He is also credited for creating an unique and novel jugalbandi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, between male and female vocalists, each singing their respective scales and different ragas at the same time. He has also devoted a lot of time and energy in encouraging and promting new talent.
Born into a family which has given to Indian music four generations of outstanding musicians, the Mewati maestro, Pandit Jasraj had his initial grooming in music under his father, the late Motiramji. He started his career as an accompanist tabla player. He then underwent intensive tutelage under his elder brother and guru, the late Sangeet Mahamahapadhyaya Pandit Maniramji.
He has been guided by his spiritual guru, the late Maharana Shri Jaiwant Singhji of Sanand. He has received numerous awards and titles, including Padmabushan, Sangeet Markand, Sangeet Natak Academy award and Rajiv Gandhi Award for professional excellence.