All India PKK Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan 2017 (Formerly Known as All India Bhaskar Rao Nritya & Sangeet Sammelan)

Pracheen Kala Kendra, a philanthropic, non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical arts as well as imparting quality education, training and conducting examinations in the field of performing and visual arts since its inception in 1956 has been organizing this yearly festival since the year 1969 uninterruptedly wherein almost all the legendary artists of Indian classical music (Vocal and Instrumental) and dances have performed time to time.

Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan is hailed as one of the oldest and most prestigious music and dance festivals of India. Since its beginning in 1969, it has offered an ideal stage for the debut of many musicians and dancers. Every year, rasikas come from far and wide to enjoy lively music and dance performances by great maestros and eagerly wait for the event. Entire community of artists feel a sense of gratitude towards the Pracheen Kala Kendra as they have grown with this institution. Their talent was spotted and patronized by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the time when they were young & upcoming. The Kendra has been instrumental in achieving the potential of almost all the legendry artists of today. They feel proud to have performed on the prestigious stage of Pracheen Kala Kendra. The Sammelan has the distinction of being one of the few prestigious festivals which feature all the three branches of Classical music i.e. Gayan (Vocal), Vadan (Instrumental) and Nritya (Dance). This festival provides a magnificent opportunity to the performers to showcase their endowments. To come on the stage of Pracheen Kala Kendra denotes beginning of an artist in the panorama of Indian classical music. Every year renowned artists from all over the country participate in this Sammelan which is being organized without charging any entry fee/tickets from the audience.

 

The Kendra organizes this festival exclusively for the promotion of classical music & dance. The City Beautiful and Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan have shared the journey of growth and evolution and the latter has put the city on the cultural map of the world. Today, the Sammelan is a hallmark in the annual cultural calendar of Chandigarh. Since its start in 1969, almost all the leading luminaries from the field of classical dance and music have had the occasion to be part of the annual Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan. This is evident from the participation of Pt. Vinayak Rao Pattwardhan, Pt. Vinayak Rao Vyas, Ustad Bade Mubarak Ali Khan, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Jasraj, Guru Girija Devi, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Dr. Sharayu Kalekar, Smt. Sulochana Brahaspati, Vidushi Shubha Mudgal, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Dr. N. Rajam, , Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Debu Chaudhary, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Manilal Nag, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta, , Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Sanjukta Panigrahi, Guru Sonal Mansingh, Guru Kumkum Mohanty, Pandit Durga Lal, Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Guru Kundan Lal Gangani, Guru Sitara Devi, Guru Uma Sharma, Guru Shovana Narayan, Guru Shobha Koser, Guru Raja-Radha Reddy, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Mrs. Mamata Shankar to name just a few from the long list of truly top grade vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers who have performed in this Sammelan. The list of artists is endless. This year also this wonderful tradition of bringing people together for the appreciation of India’s cultural heritage, as being done in the past 44 years continued as Kendra organized 45th edition of Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan from March 19 to March 22, 2015. The four-day festival featured artists of international repute who presented their choicest items before the lovers of classical music and dance and their splendid and exhilarating performances won thunderous applause and acclaim from the distinguished audiance  as well as from the press.