7 Must-Attend Events for Indian Classical Music Lovers in Mumbai

Lovers of classical music, Indian and Carnatic, have a lot to look forward to in Mumbai as 2020 commences. Here’s a look at some of the Indian classical music events to be held in the city this month.

Swaranjali 2020

A three-day celebration of Indian classical music, Swaranjali honours the three doyens of classical music, Suresh Haldankar, Jitendra Abhisheki and C.R. Vyas. Singers Suresh Wadkar, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Shounak Abhisheki, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Shujaat Khan will pay tribute through their performances.

When: Thursday, Jan 2 to Saturday, Jan 4 at 7pm.
Where: Nehru Centre, Worli.

30th Hridayesh Festival 2020

Classical music stalwarts Zakir Hussain, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Amjad Ali Khan, Sabir Khan, Navin Sharma and Anantha Krishna will come together under one open-air venue to perform over a span of three days.

When: Friday, Jan 10, Saturday Jan 11 and Sunday, Jan 12 at 6pm, 5.30pm and 6am & 5.30pm respectively.
Where: Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Ground, Vile Parle (East).

Mumbai Margazhi Mahotsavam

Inspired by Chennai’s annual Margazhi season that celebrates Carnatic music across a span of nine weeks, Banyan Tree has organised a day-long concert. Featuring renowned Carnatic performers such as K M Uttirapathy (nadaswaram), S Shashank (flute), Ramana Balachandra (veena), A Kanyakumari (violin) and Soumya Iyer (vocal). Visitors will also be able to enjoy sumptuous South Indian fare between performances.

When: Saturday, Jan 11 at 9am.
Where: St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra.

Classical Music Concert

Santoor virtuoso Shivkumar Sharma and son Rahul Sharma will be joined by Taufiq Qureshi on the djembe and Aditya Kalyanpur and Yogesh Samsi on the tabla in paying homage to Shree Shree Anandamayee Ma.

When: Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7.30pm.
Where: Nehru Centre, Worli.

‘Chandrayaan: India’s Journey to the Moon’

Conceptualised and composed by well-known composer Shantanu Moitra, this musical concert celebrates the Indian scientists’ recent endeavor to explore the moon. The compositions will be performed by Moitra (guitar), Kaushiki Chakraborty (vocal), Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), Jayanthi Kumaresh (veena) and Ambi Subramaniam (violin).

When: Saturday, Jan 18 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Balgandharva to Anand Gandharva

Embark on a musical journey of Marathi natyasangeet (musical play) and experience its different forms and presentations with this concert. It features talented singers such as Anand Bhate, Mugdha Vaishampayan, Aarya Ambekar, Sumedha Desai and Prathamesh Laghate.

When: Saturday, Jan 18 at 6.30pm.
Where: Nehru Centre, Worli.


Sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan (pictured above) will be paying tribute to his father Haafiz Ali Khan on occasion of his death anniversary with a memorial concert. He will be accompanied by his sons Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali Bangash (both pictured above) on sarod, Sridhar Parthasarthy on mridangam and Vijay Ghate on tabla.

When: Thursday, Jan 30 at 7.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

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