Professional British citizens of Indian origin contribute immensely to promote various Indian languages in UK. Several popularise Indian music art culture through various events in UK with local UK talent and international artistes. To promote India’s rich cultural diversity and heritage, one such Leicester -based couple Santosh and Supriya Deshpande founded a socio-cultural organisation – GaMaBhaNa with the objective of the organisation is to promote the Marathi language among British Indian and also promote the literary richness of Marathi through various performing arts. Rahul Laud reports on their latest initiative.
Santosh – a Chemcial Engineer by vocation who works as a Senior Project Manager at Siemens and his organisation have a social edge with contributions towards the underprivileged children of farmers who commit suicide and an orphanage in Maharashtra. Thus he regularly organises events in UK with a dual purpose to promote Marathi language and sharing part of his proceeds to charity.
Maharashtra is known for its rich cultural heritage. The state’s contribution to India’s politics, culture, literature, music and spiritual life has been immense. The saints of the medieval period were social reformers and the state has shown the world the rich spiritual tradition it holds. Music and poetry has been the best tools to demonstrate this fact.
Santosh and his wife Supriya an Instrumentation Engineer who works as an Engineeering Group Manager at Emerson and GaMaBhaNa along with lovers of Marathi language poetry and music have come together to present a unique audio visual, live concert – Bilvadal – based on works and life of the three legends of Maharashtra: P L Deshpande – a beloved versatile personality who was an author, writer, poet, music director, G D Madgulkar – legendary poet and lyricist, Sudheer Phadke – a great singer, composer and musician. Celebrations started last year coinciding with the birth centenary year of these three literary and musical giants inform the organisers. ‘’The contribution of these legends is huge and it has touched the hearts and soul of different generations thus to present them together was important and pleasant for Ga ma Bha na,’’ say the Deshpande couple.
On 7th March at the Jain Samaj Community Centre hall in Manchester, Bilvadal will be presented following the success of shows in London, Croydon, Milton Keynes, Coventry, Leicester. Leading Indian artistes of the show are all residents of UK. Rajan Shegunshi is known to the UK community. He has performed with famous Bollywood celebrities such as Vishal & Rekha Bharadwaj. Rajan is a trained vocalist in Hindustani music and a passionate admirer of variety of musical genres. He has been actively contributing in the music community to support cultural initiatives to promote Indian music. He has appeared on famous TV show “Meri Awaz Suno” on Star Plus.
Another talented vocalist will be Rajasi Vaidya-Lohokare who has over 7 years of training in Hindustani Classical music from Pt Meghnath Kolhapure, trained in semi classical vocals by her Guru and mother Smt Madhuri Vaidya (Sangeet Visharad)and a former participant in India’s famous music reality show Indian Idol (season 3). She has performed in several live professional shows in India will enthral the audience. Rajasi also performs in Marathi, Hindi and Kannada songs.
Mayura Chandekar a renowned architect and professional interior and exterior designer and also a trained singer from Bharat Gayan Samaj –Pune, India will engage the audience with her mellifluous voice.
Dr. Kiran Deshpande who will accompany on keyboards learnt music from age 9 at Warana Baal-Vadya Vrinda from various gurus including Ram Kadam. He plays various musical instruments – Flute, Mandolin, Jal-Tarang, Harmonium and Keyboard. Kiran has performed several shows as part of Warana Children’s Orchestra in India and in South Africa. He has performed on keyboard alongside i Shridar Phadke (son of legend Sudhir Phadke ) and Pandit Shounak Abhisheki during their concerts in the UK and the Netherlands.
Theatre artiste Sameer Shirwadkar who has performed 100+ commercial shows of renowned plays like Ghashiram Kotwaal, Darling-Darling and has shared screen with various actors like Rima Lagoo, Kuldeep Pawar, Anant Jog for various Marathi serials and movies and done TV commercial for DHFL and acted in many one act and three act plays will belt out passages and read poetry of the Marathi legends.
Celebrity professional business Coach, Co Founder of The Overseas Maharashtrians Professional and Entrepreneurs Group, stage and film artiste par excellence Ani Kaprekar will join the narration team at the event. His presence will add the requisite dignity , quality , professional flavour and glamour.
Kumar Javadekar will narrate his article on PL Deshpande to throw more light on the legend.
Pulkit Sharma son of Dr. Mukesh Sharma and Dr. Vandana Sharma began formal music training at the age of 15 in the art of playing tabla under the tutelage of Ustad Sarvar Sabri. He became the official disciple of the Ustad in year 2016. He has developed into a fine well-rounded tabla player; equally at ease in solo playing or accompaniment. His love for music led to him explore rare instruments such as Khartaal, Bhapang and Morchang. Pulkit will accompany the artisets on tabla and offer rhythm support.
Prachi Ghotankar who has earlier worked for Pune Aakashwani as a compere for their Yuva Vaani section and has anchored for various cultural and community shows in UK and in India will compere the show . Prachi has received a special mention prize in UK One act play -2015 for a role in the play “Sakhya Re” .
The audio visual support will be provided by Manisha Malegaonkar. It’s a not to miss literary treat for those living in UK.
For further details to attend the show contact Santosh Deshpande on 07881766009