Pune Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav organisers in a fix, may postpone music festival

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Pune: As and now the month of December kicks in, Punekars especially the older generation look forward to one of the city’s most beloved musical festivals which is the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival. However, owing to the pandemic and rapidly increasing numbers, organisers are unsure if the festival will be carried on with a lesser audience, will go online or will be postponed altogether.

The music festival held in the second week of December, this prestigious music festival which is held annually attracts lakhs of music lovers to Pune.

The organisers are continuously getting queries from the music enthusiasts as to what is the roadmap ahead. 

While the government has already given permission to cultural programmes with a lesser audience, the organisers are waiting for a heads up from the government to carry on the function how it always used to be and are likely to wait until the situation gets better.

One of the organisers of the music festival said that they themselves are in a dilemma at the moment and are unsure about how to take it ahead.

The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival first commenced in 1953 and mostly focuses on classical music, dance with renowned artists performing during the five day festival.

Started by late Bharat Ratna awardee Bhimsen Joshi, this would be 68th year of Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav which attracts connoisseurs of classical music from across India.

The five-day classical music festival that sees performances from well-known classical musicians, singers, and dancers, has its organisers still undecided about its fate.

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