The best thing about music festivals in India is that it has a lot of music genres under its abode and the one genre worth mentioning is classical music festivals.
The classical music represents India’s culture and tells about the history and heritage of the country.
Below are the top 5 classical music festivals in India worth mentioning.
Saptak Music Festival
Saptak Music festival is conducted at Ahmedabad from January 1st to January 13th every year. Organized by the Saptak School of Music, it was inaugurated by Pt. Ravi Shankar in 1980.
The festival includes leading vocalists and instrumentalists who showcase their talents and deliver impeccable performances.
Not only the renowned artists, but the students of the Saptak Music School also perform at the festival. In January 2018, 125 artists and 50 performances were conducted during the 13 day long festival.
Tansen Music Festival
This 4 day long music festival is conducted in the month of December at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. This festival is also known as the Tansen Sangeet Sammelan and is held in the memory of the famous and great musician Tansen.
This music festival is conducted in the tomb which was built in early Mughal architectural style. May popular and famous classical singers join together during this festival and deliver jaw-dropping performances which are worth watching for.
Dover Lane Music Festival
This music festival is conducted in the southern part of Kolkata and is held in the month of January.
This is a one of its kind festival in the eastern part of India and many artists have performed in this festival like Tarapada Chakraborty, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, etc.
Every year, this festival draws more than 4000 people for its night performances and is surely worth watching.
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav
Initiated in 1953, this festival was started by Bhimsen Joshi in order to commemorate the contribution of his Guru, Sawai Gandharva.
This music festival included leading artists in the field of Classical Khayal Music, Bhakti Musicians, Qawwals, Ghazal singers, Carnatic musicians, etc.
The unique aspect of this festival is that the entire festival concludes with the audience listening to Thumri in Raga Bhairavi by Swami Gandharva.
Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan
This is one of the oldest music festivals in the field of Hindustani Classical Music and is conducted in Jallandhar in the month of December and is initiated by Baba Harballabh.
Since it started from the year 1857, many prominent people like Mahatma Gandhi, Union ministers; Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, State Chief Ministers, etc. have attended this festival.