52nd Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava starts off on a high note with Kadri Gopalnath’s saxophone rendition of Carnatic music
V Umesh, celebrated keyboard artist and Usha Umesh, a renowned singer, also performed at the Utsava
Bangalore, 52nd Bangalore Ganesh Utsava, the city’s most awaited Ganesh Chaturti celebrations started off on a splendid note at the APS College Grounds. The first evening of the festival opened to a ground full of fans, who’s enthusiasm was not let down by the enchanting performance of music maestro Kadri Gopalnath. He was well supported by music couple V Umesh and Usha Umesh.
The evening started with Usha Umesh singing some light music and other famous filmy numbers with her husband and guide, the famous keyboard player supporting her. The couple held the crowds mesmerized for more than an hour.
After the melodious performance from the musical couple, it was time for the Saxophone Chakravarthy to take the fervor to an even higher level. The music legend captivated the audiences with his performance, which made the unusual instrument sound so suited to carnatic music. Starting with a prayer on Lord Ganesha, the music virtuoso went on to perform a few other classical and devotional tracks. At the end of his recital, which lasted for more than an hour, the crowds were visibly mystified by the evening’s performances and were left asking for more.
Speaking at the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, the Padma Shri awardee Kadri Gopalnath said, “I am very happy to be part of this festival and play my music on such an auspicious day. I commend the work done by the organizers of Bangalore Ganesh Utsava and wish all Bangaloreans a very happy Ganesh Charurti”.
Organized year after year by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, the main festival days began with Ganesh Chaturthi on 29th August and will continue till 8th September. Spread over 11 days of electrifying entertainment, the Utsava is a must-visit mega festival for those who love to explore & experience. This year the Utsava will be held at APS and National College Grounds, Basavangudi. This one of its kind cultural tapestry will create a forum for art lovers and cultural aficionados to celebrate Indian culture.
In an attempt to create cultural history, the Sangha has created a magnificent structure of 80 X 60 feet – the stunning representation of the Belur-Halebid temple. The temple highlights the organizer’s zest for creating something different every year. With its augustness and majestic dignity, this 12th century marvel promises to stun the onlookers with medieval splendor.
To complement this eye galore, will be the famed, mouth-watering and authentic offering of Karnataka dishes, Aromas of Karnataka, a food Utsava organized every year as a part of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava (BGU). Rendering an assortment of irresistible delicacies from across Karnataka’s six districts, the Aromas will offer traditional cuisines of Karavali, Hale Mysore, Hyderabad Karnataka, Uttara Karnataka, Bayalusime and Malenadu to mark the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi.
About Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha
Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha is a social service organization that was established in 1962 by noted literate Ku Ra Sitaram Shastri. The organization is in the forefront of social and cultural activities, spanning over four decades. Patronized by stalwart of Kannada literature Dr. D.V. Gundappa, Sri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha has been actively involved in sewing the social and cultural thread of Bangalore city. Apart from a host of charitable activities, the Sangha takes pride in organizing the year’s most popular ‘Festival of the Masses’ – the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava.