From Shaan’s melodies to Bappi Lahiri’s music, namma ooru will get a taste of a range of harmonies as several singers descend upon the stage to captivate our city.
Talking about the event, Nandish, managing trustee, Bangalore Ganesh Utsava says, “This time, we have the Berklee College of Music from the USA. They’re an ensemble who will be doing their first-ever concert outside the States. They will be doing a tribute to AR Rahman along with a couple of their originals. Raghu Dixit will also be featured in the concert. This is the highlight of this year’s Utsava.”
The event, he says is created to encourage live music in the city. The festival’s itinerary includes performances by Indian Idol Junior winner Anjana Padmanabhan and Akshat Singh of India’s Got Talent fame. There’s also a tribute to the legendary S. Janaki by an all-women band and a one-of-its-kind drum jam by four artistes.
As for food connoisseurs, this event will give them an opportunity to dig into some of Karnataka’s scrumptious treats. “We’re bringing together several delicacies from the state including joladha roti, sabudana vada, kotte kadabu, Mangalore buns, halubai and wheat dosa,” shares Nandish.
Singer Vijay Pakash is one of the performers who will be crooning for Bengaluru’s audience on September 14.
“I feel so blessed that Ganesha has given me this wonderful opportunity to perform for him and his devotees. BGU is a platform where every artiste gets a lot of creative satisfaction, so I’m very excited about it. Every year, I try my best to give something new in terms of the presentation. This time, I have ace percussionist Taufeed Qureshi who will be performing with me. Being the brother of Ustad Zakir Hussain, he comes from a musically rich family. He was gracious enough to accept my invitation,” says Vijay, who will be rendering his latest Kannada hits at the concert. “I will also be doing a medley of Sudeep’s songs,” adds the singer, who has recently crooned for Kotigobba 2 and will be singing more melodies in Kannada films in the future.
The 54th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava will be held between September 5 to 15 at the National College Grounds in Basavanagudi.
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