The months from November to Mid February are special in Pune. Not just for the beautiful weather but also for the series of classical music concerts and open-air festivals that happen over the weekends at the heart of city , on the grounds of New English School Ramanbag, popularly known as Ramanbag. Sawai Gandharva Music Festival ( Now renamed Sawai Gandharva – Bhimsen Mahotsav ) is the oldest and most prestigious one that is typically held in the second week of December. It is followed by some individual artist concerts , among them are some good morning concerts where one gets to listen to morning raags.
This year , 2015 , it was more special as Sawai had to be postponed to January from December due to unseasonal rains. Hence, January became a month of classical music festivals. A festival every weekend evening (typically Fri-Sat-Sun) . A perfect way to welcome the new year !
This was the schedule for this year’s major classical music concerts and festivals ( Jan-Feb-Mar 2015 )
1) Sawai Gandharv Music Festival :Jan 1-4 ,2015
2) SwarZankaar Festival Jan 9-10-11 th
3) Vasantotsav Jan 16-17-18th
4) Sangvi Music Festival in Sangvi – Jan 24-25-26
5) Taal Yatraa – A festival of rhythm instruments Jan 30-31 – 1st Feb
6) SPIC-MACAY overnight concert on Sat Jan 31st to Sunday early morning Feb 1st
7) Gaan Saraswati Festival : Feb 6 – 8th
In addition to these festivals , there is Pt Jitendra Abhisheki Festival – Sometime in the Feb or early March.
8) There is also a music festival by the “Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust” from Gudhi padva to Ram Navmi for nine days (first nine days of hindu new year calender)
In addition to these festival the musical season of spring-winter also has number of indoor musical concerts at various auditoria of the city.
One on the reasons I feel blessed and proud to be a Punekar is the series of these classical, semi-classical and fusion music festivals , some classic individual artists concerts that happen in the city.