Source: The Hindu; Author: Devina Dutt

At the heart of the festival lies the celebration of the Bandish, a complex and subtle concept encompassing the intent, content, character and context of a specific piece of music. These will be performed by some of the finest performing artistes who usually have a teaching-learning link with the composers. The artistes comprise both Hindustani and Carnatic styles. This year the festival features the compositions of legendary Hindustani and Carnatic composers from the North and South Indian traditions such as Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (Sabrang), Shrikrishna Ratanjankar (Sujaan), Thyagaraja, Purandaradasa (Purandara Vitthala), Bade Ramdas (Mohan pyare/Govind swami), Shambhunath Mishra (Nath Piya) and Shyamcharan Mishra (Shyamdas). Their bandishes will be presented by Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ulhas Kashalkar, Sudha Raghunathan, Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Girija Devi.

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Girija Devi: A stalwart performs. Photo: Special Arrangement