Song of Surrender

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Dhwani-BKF Fest–Music for a cause

By Samudri

The Bangalore Kidney Foundation conducts the Dhwani-BKF music festival every year as a tribute to the memory of Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur. The doyen of Hindustani music was treated for kidney ailment at the Foundation’s hospital in Bengaluru. The Dhwani-BKF music festival will be held on 12 and 13 September at the JSS Auditorium in Jayanagar, Bengaluru. This is the 12th successive year. Every year the Foundation confers the “Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Award” on a senior musician who is also a music teacher. The award consists of a purse of one lakh rupees, a shawl, citation and a bronze bust of Mallikarjun Mansur.

This year the Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur Award will be presented to Mumbai-based senior vocalist and teacher Jayshree Patnekar. Previous awardees include Rajsekhar Mansur, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Vasundhara Komkali, D.K. Datar, Dattatreya Sadashiv Garud, Dhondutai Kulkarni, R.K. Bijapure, Ulhas Kashalkar, Ashwini Bhide, and Lalith J. Rao.

Apart from a performance by the awardee Jayshree Patnekar, eminent musicians like Malini Rajurkar and Kaivalyakumar Gurav will also be featured in the festival. Starting this year the Foundation has decided to encourage young, talented musicians who have the potential of blossoming into full-fledged artists. Two slots of 1-½ hours each will be provided to such "Artistes of the Future”. The up-and-coming musicians performing this year are Sameer Rao (flute) and Priya Purushothaman (vocal).

The Bangalore Kidney Foundation is a renowned charitable institution doing pioneering work in making dialysis affordable and accessible to poor patients. Since it was established in 1979, the Foundation has assisted thousands of poor patients afflicted with chronic kidney disease.

The Dhwani-BKF music festival is known as "Music for a Cause", since the proceeds of this two-day event are used to fund the Foundation’s free dialysis programme.

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  1. The festival commenced with Sameer Rao's flute recital ( he played ragas Bhimpalasi and Bhoop ). After a short award ceremony ,Vidushi Jayashreee Patnekar enthralled the audience with many ragas from the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. ( She has trained from many stalwarts of Jaipur Gharana like Pandit GajananRao Joshi, Pandit Nivrittibua Sarnaik and Pt. Ratnakar Pai ). She sang Lalita-Gauri, Gauri, Jaijaivanti, Gaud-Malhar and Sampurna Maukauns.

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