(Last Updated on : 02-01-2012)
Indian music festivals have several stories related to it, and speak about the musical culture of India. In India music existed as a form of art since a long time. From past, music is considered as cultural tradition. Classical music in India is not considered as a mode of entertainment, but as a medium to express devotion and love for God. Some musical festival is organized to pay tribute to great popular singer who immensely contributed towards betterment of Indian music
One of the best parts about these festivals is that, apart from hosting popular musicians, it also promotes young and fresh talents. Indian classical music
happens to be one of the oldest music cultures of the world. The importance of music is mentioned in Vedas as well. Role of music is immense towards shaping the culture and tradition of India.
Tansen Music Festival
Tansen music festival is organized in memory of Tansen
as a mark of respect and to pay tribute to the immense contribution to the Indian classical music. Tansen was a great personality and was considered as one of the nine gems in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar
. This music festival is hosted at the tomb of Tansen in Gwalior District
. Popular artists come and present their masterpieces. This festival is organized by the government of Madhya Pradesh
Thyagaraja Music Festival
Thyagaraja Music Festival is celebrated in memory of Sri Thyagraja, the great saint and musician. This festival is held in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
, very place where he spent his entire life and took Samadhi. This festival, organized near his Samadhi at the banks of Kaveri River
, is held for 8 days in the month of January. Religious rituals, along with music festival, are conducted for a span of the festival.
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav is a popular music festival in India which is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra
, in Pune
. To mark the first death-anniversary of Sawai Gandharva, this festival took place for the first time in the year 1953. His disciple organizes this event in memory of their master. Sawai Gandharva Music Festival is the most promising place for the primary vocalists of the other Gharanas
. It has also become the favourite destination of instrumentalists as well as dancers.
Saptak Music Festival
Saptak Music Festival is organized by a public charitable trust in the month of January, generally in the first week, in the city of Ahmedabad
in the state of Gujarat
. This festival, where eminent music personalities from across the country and around the world participate, runs for 11 days. This show is organized
ITC Sangeet Sammelan
This music ceremony started in the year 1971 in Delhi
. With passage of time this festival has become very prominent event in the field of Indian classical music. ITC Sangeet Sammelan is a famous cultural event in India, and the music performed here is loved, cherished and appreciated by music lovers from across India and around the world. This music festival is held once a year all over the country. It is one of the popular festivals in India.
Dover Lane Music Festival
Dover Lane Music Festival, organized in the capital city of Kolkata
, is an Indian classical music festival which is organized in the months of December and January. For the past fifty years it is being held on an annual basis.
Chembai Music Festival
Chembai Music Festival is managed and organized in the city Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala
. This festival is held at the time of Ekadasi
, in the month of September, and organized to rejoice the birth centenary of late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, great name in Carnatic music