Ashadi Ekadashi Celebrations end…

Two spirited concerts, a Violin concert by Pt Milind Raikar followed by a Hindustani concert by Pandita Padmaja Talwalkar marked the end of 2-day Ashadi celebrations yesterday here in, Prasanthi Nilayam.

Morning Session:

A spirited Violin Concert by reputed violinist Pt Milind Raikar and Team from the State of Goa marked the morning session of the second day’s Ashadi Ekadashi celebrations here in, Prasanthi Nilayam today.

Beginning with a slow tempo playing a ‘Sai Dhun’, the accomplished artist along with his son, alternating between them, played some scintillating numbers, that often reached its exciting crescendo, with Tabla and Pakhawaj playing in tandem, in perfect sync.

The Pandit was accompanied by Sri Yajnesh Raikar on Violin, Pt Kalinath Mishra on Tabla,  Sri Sathya Prakash Mishra on Pakhawaj and Sri Jayant Naidu on Tanpura.

Earlier, the session commenced at 0830 hrs with a stimulating Ganesha Vandana, a dance offering, by Sri Kaustub Joshi from Nasik.

Bhajans continued and the session concluded with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan at 10:00 hrs.

Evening Session:

The two-day Ashadi Ekadashi festivity by the twin States of Maharashtra and Goa concluded this evening marked by a soul-stirring Hindustani concert by renowned Pandita Padmaja Talwalkar from Pune.

Singing in her simplistic fashion, from a heart full of devotion, Ms Padmaja kept the audience spellbound for over 50 minutes with her precisely perfect rendition. The accomplished artist started off with a “Bhajana Vin Sarey Din Gele…” and flowed on to sing “Guru Bin Kaun Batave Baat” followed by “Natha Ghari Nache Maza Sakha Panduraga…” to conclude with an infectious ‘Jai Jai Rama Krishna Hari’, a rhyme ever synonymous with Ashadi Ekadashi.

Ms Padma was accompanied by Ms Yaswasree Sarpotdar on vocal support, Sarvasree Ravindra Yadgar on Tabla, Vyasmurthi Katti on Harmonium, Govinda Bellari on Pakhwaj.

Earlier, the session started with a burst of poetic rendition by Smt  Sangeeta Joshi from Pune, a gushing feeling that emerged out of pure inspiration after watching the most exciting Violin concert in the morning by Pt Milind Raikar and Team. The rendition was titled “Violin” and was rendered in Hindi. This was followed by a most mellifluous Ashadi Theme Song by accomplished singer Raviraj Nasrey who sang “Ashadi Ashadi Ashadi Aayi Hey…”.

Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1820 hrs.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II