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Marathi Musical Concert Organized in Mumbai on the Eve of ‘Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din’

The “Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din” is celebrated in memory of noted poet V V Shirwadkar

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA. Mumbai: On the eve of “Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din,” music lovers were treated to a feast of memorable and melodious Marathi songs at a concert in Andheri, North West Mumbai, on Sunday night.

The “Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din” is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of renowned poet/novelist and Jnanpith Award winner Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar alias “Kusumagraj” on February 27, every year. On Monday, it will be celebrated by different organizations across Maharashtra.

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As part of the “Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din,”  the program “Swargandh” was organised by the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) under the leadership of Upvibhag Pramukh Rajesh Shetye. Shivsena Deputy Leader and Yuva Sena General Secretary Amol Gajanan Kirtikar, Corporator Pratima Khopde, former Corporators Shailesh Phanse, Bala Amberkar, and others were present. 

On the occasion, a concert was organized by Yogesh Kelwekar of “Swarandi Arts.” The show began with a “Ganesh Vandana.” The singers, Nanchet Desai, Yogita Barve-Chitale, Srirang Bhave, and Ketki Bhave-Joshi, sang a variety of songs, including folk, romantic, patriotic, and devotional songs that delighted the crowd at the jam-packed Dadasaheb Gaikwad Cultural Center. The anchor, Mandar Kharade, provided the background information for each song with minute details.

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The concert showed how Marathi music has changed since the 1970s and 1980s. It also showed how far it has come since then. As the show got going, people got more excited about the songs, and some of them started dancing a lot.

An assortment of songs included: “Phirtya Chakavarti Desi Matila Akar”, a devotional song (lyrics Sudhir Phadke), “Akashi Jhep Ghe Re Pakhra”, a patriotic poem (lyrics Jagdish Khebudkar), “Maaje Raani Maaje Moga” (lyrics Lata Mangeshkar), (film “Mahananda”), “Aali Thumkat Naar Lachkat” (lyrics Jagdish Khebudkar),(film “Pinjra), “Sharad Sundar Chanderi Rati” (Asha Bhosale’s album “Mahagayika”), “Apsara Ali” (film “Natarang”), “Malyachya Malyat Kon Ga Ubhi” (film “Songadya). 

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  • Raju Vernekar

    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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