Violin by Dr. Sangeeta Shankar I Anuradha Pal on Tabla I Kalidas Music Festival 2018
Kalidas Festival is celebrated in the respect of the immense poet Kalidas. This celebration is held at Ramtek, Nagpur in the month of November for two days. Ramgiri, or Ramtek is the place that motivated Kalidas, and the excellence of this place is mentioned greatly in his abstract work. The celebration brings back recollections of the brilliant time of the Vidarbha region.
The festival is celebrated in honor of the renowned poet Kalidas. The festival is organized at Ramtek in Nagpur. It lasts for two days and is celebrated in the month of November. It is organized by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, Collector Office of Nagpur and Nagpur Municipal Corporation. A lot of musical, dance and drama performances take place during the celebration of this festival.
Sangeeta Shankar, was born in Banaras in a musical family to N. Rajam and T. S. Subramaniyan. Sangeeta started her training at a very early age in Hindustani music under the tutelage of her mother.
People often refer to her music as the “Singing Violin”. She is the niece of T. N. Krishnan. Violinists Ragini Shankar and Nandini Shankar are her daughters.
She accompanied her mother at the age of 13, and gave a debut solo performance when she was 16. Sangeeta Shankar had also organized a festival of young musicians in Varanasi called ‘Abhinav’, during the year 1984-85. She performs not only in various states and provinces of India, but also in numerous countries around the globe. She plays violin in the Gayaki Ang. Sangeeta has performed across the globe and in numerous places throughout India. She has performed in various countries in Europe, extensively toured the USA and Canada, and performed in countries like Russia, Holland, Japan, Singapore to name a few.
Currently, she is also educating the future film makers, imparting voice culture & music training at Whistling Woods International.
She is working on an educational project called ‘Milaap’, which aims to educate children about values and culture and inculcate an atmosphere of happiness, love and peace amongst humanity.
Anuradha Pal is a Tabla virtuoso, multi-percussionist and music composer who has been described as the “first professional female tabla player in the world” by Encyclopedia Britannica and the Limca Book of Records.
A disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain, she performed at the Woodstock Festival in 2008 with her World music band, Anuradha Pal’s Recharge for an audience of 400,000 people.
She has performed on All India Radio and serves on the panel of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. In 2017, she performed for over 1 lakh villagers in Balgram, Talluka Jath, Sangli, Maharashtra as Brand Ambassador of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana.