Mumbai Sanskriti music festival kicks off today

The Samikhsya Correspondent

MUMBAI: The state is set for the 29th edition of Mumbai Sanskriti music festival at the Convocation Hall at the University of Mumbai today.

The much-awaited event is being hosted by the ccity-based Indian Heritage Society.

With the festival theme this year as ‘Use Live Music to Save Heritage, the festival is  supported by the Maharashtra State Tourism Department.

The festival’s objective has been on increasing awareness of the rich heritage of Mumbai using live music, the hosts explained.

“This year, Mumbai Sanskriti is organized inside the magnificent Convocation Hall whose Victorian stain glass windows, Burma teak balconies & furniture, intricate grill work and Minton tiles add grandeur to this 19th century architectural structure. The Convocation Hall received the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for heritage conservation in 2007 & in the same year received the Indian Heritage Society (Mumbai) Award”, they added.

“Our heritage, culture, traditions are parts of a venerable lineage, which should be conserved. The event is an effort towards this cause, so that we can save and celebrate Mumbai’s heritage through art, architecture and music,” Anita Garware, Chairperson, Indian Heritage Society, Mumbai mentioned.

Added Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director of Directorate of Tourism, “Maharashtra holds the maximum numbers of UNESCO World Heritage Sites among all States and Union Territories in India which shows the State’s rich cultural diversity and heritage. ’Mumbai Sanskriti’ festival is an excellent initiative to showcase and promote the richness of our culture and we are proud to partner with it.”

The festival will be presented in four digital concerts – exclusively streamed on the official YouTube channel of Indian Heritage Society.

The concert series will commence today at 7 pm with Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor) followed by Radhika Sood Nayak (Sufi) on April 17 at 7 pm, Fazal Qureshi (Tabla) on April 24 at 7 pm and Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (Vocal) on May 1 at 7 pm.

The event is sponsored by HSBC and Tata Consultancy Services.