Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav

Time: December
Duration: 3 days
Location: Pune
Highlights: Masters as well as practicing artists gather to showcase their talent.

Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav is a famous music festival which is celebrated every year in Pune, Maharashtra. The festival was originated in 1953 to observe the first death-anniversary of Sawai Gandharva. Disciples of Sawai Gandharva organized a music festival in his remembrance with the patronage of Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal. The festival is observed annually in the month of December in the initial two weeks for 3 days.

This festival is really admired and appreciated by artists. Performers from all over India participate in this music festival to present their musical faculty. To come on the stage of Sawai Gandharva Festival implies "advent" of an artist in the Indian classical music vista.

Sawai Gandharva Music Festival is the most promising place for the primary vocalists of other Gharanas. It has also become the favorite destination of instrumentalists as well as dancers. Artists, who have already attained masters in their subject come here to showcase their talent too.

The festival, where top musicians gather, continues for around three days. It is concluded with a grand performance by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a disciple of Pandit Rambhan Kundgolkar (popularly known as Sawai Gandharva). From the past 53 years, the death anniversary of Sawai Gandharva is celebrated without any clause. The festival attracts a major gathering of various eminent artists around the country.

How to Reach

Air: The nearest airport to this place is situated near Lohagaon at a distance of 12kms from Pune. The airport is connected to the major cities of India. From the airport, one can easily take taxis to reach the venue.
Rail: Pune is well-connected with all the towns & cities of India. From Railway Station, one can take buses or hire taxis in order to reach the venue.
Road: Pune has a brilliant network of roads, connecting the city with the all the major cities within Maharashtra and other states.