On the auspicious occasion of the National Youth Day synchronizing with the 158th Birthday of the Patriot-Saint of modern India, Swami Vivekananda, as well as to commemorate the 127th year of his Chicago address at the Parliament of Religions, a day-long Music Festival was jointly organized by Sangeet Natak Academi, Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India) and Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi, on the 12th January 2020 in the Vivekananda Auditorium in which Begum Parween Sultana, Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia and Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpandey performed at the Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi.

Swami Vivekananda, apart from being a national patriot and awakener of modern India, who preached unity of all religions and universal brotherhood, was also a great musician, who not only sang exceedingly well but had also mastered a few musical instruments. Hence, fittingly, a musical homage was paid to the saint by the Ramakrishna Mission in the Capital, to mark his 158th birth anniversary celebration, by organising a day-long music concert in association with the Sangeet Natak Akademi at Vivekananda Auditorium on 12 January.

The programme began with Hindustani Vocal by Begum Parveen Sultana, accompanied by Jyoti Goho on the Harmonium and Abhijit Banerjee on the Tabla. Begum Parveen Sultana is an Indian Hindustani classical singer of the Patiala Gharana. She was awarded the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1998, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

In the afternoon, Indian flutist Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia, who plays the bansuri accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on the Tabla.

The program concluded with the Hindustani Vocal by Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, accompanied by Vinay Mishra on the Harmonium and Abhijit Banerjee on the Tabla. She is an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition of Indian Classical Music and represents the new generation of veterans worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters.

It was a scintillating performance that was greeted by the 700- strong audiences with thunderous applause and sincere appreciation.


01 || Begum Parween Sultana || Music Festival 2020 || rkmdelhi org

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Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia || Hindustani Flute || MusicFestival || rkmdelhi org || 2020

Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande || Music Festival 2020 || Ramakrishna Mission Delhi

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Music Festival -Jan-2020
Ramakrishna Mission , Ramakrishna Ashram Marg,Paharganj,New Delhi-110055
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