The festival has been dedicated to the legendary gharanas of Indian music and constitutes a part of the cultural movement by SaMaPa, (Sapori Academy of Music and Performing Arts) through which it is trying to bring music to the masses.
On the first day of the festival on Tuesday, noted exponent of Tappa- Dr Shanno Khurana had presented a vocal recital with oldest of ragas from her gharana and Great Dhrupad Maestro Ustad Asad Ali Khan followed with complete Dhrupaad tradition of Alaap, Jod, Jhala and Taan- paran, played rarest of his Jaipur Beenkar Gharana's specialities on Rudra- Veena.
Last night, Ustas Rahim Faimuddin Dagar started with a vocal recital in Raga Bhopali. With unique alaap and fast pacing from vilambit to drut he thrilled the audience with the grace of his experience, knowledge and mastery of music.
In the line of the Dagars of Alwar, Ustad Dagar is the nineteenth generation representative continuing to carry forward the rich tradition of Dagarvani Gharana.Initiated into the art of dhrupad singing by his elders, he is now the foremost as well as the seniormost representative of the tradition of his family. Even at the age of 78, he continues to perform and impart his knowledge to deserving students.
Next came Ustad Faiyaz Khan with his aggressive and exciting display of different Talas in slower to fast paces on Tabla.
Paopularly called as Aftab-e- Mousiqui, he was the 'ultimate flowering of the genius of Agra or Rangila Gharana.' Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas, accompanied by Ustad Allah Rakh's disciple Prasoon Chatarjee on Tabla and Santosh Nahar on Violin,started with a traditional raga from his Gwalior Gharana.
His guru was his father Gyan Acharya Pandit Narayan Vyas and he represents Pandit Vishnu Digambar's style of Khayal Gayan.
Vyas has been a popular radio artist and honoured with many awards in the country and abroad. He has also written many articles, research projects on musicology and he is currently the vice chancellor of the prestigious Bhatkhande Vidyapeeth in Lucknow.
Blessed with a voice which is mellow and musical to the core he presented a pleasant blend of beauties of form and content of Khayal, a traditional raga from his Gharana. He also presented, on request, Rag Gunji Kanhra, sung by singers of the Palushkar tradition which had a Mukhra- Bolo Bolo Re Madhusoodana.