A Whirlwind of Art and Culture in Tansen Music Festival
Tansen Music Festival 2012- Tansen Sangeet Samaroh
When it happens: December 2012
Where it happens: Gwalior,India
The Tansen Music Festival is celebrated between November and December for 5 days. It is held at the place of Gwalior, near the tomb of the greatest composer and musician, Tansen. The tomb of Tansen, where the festival is celebrated, was built accordingly with Mughal architectural style, including it in the cultural heritage of Gwalior. The Government of Madhya Pradesh, fondly called as the heart of India, organizes this festival in honour of Mia Tansen, one of the nine jewels of the court of Emperor Akbar. Thus, it has gained an important position in the music history of India. The festival is also known as Tansen Utsav or Tansen Sangeet Samelan.
The supporters of the Hindustani classical music mark their existence during the Tansen Music Festival. They perform beautiful Hindu music for five consecutive nights. Other artists are also invited to the festival. They feel privileged to perform amidst one of the greatest composer-musicians of the Mughal era and in front of a very large audience. The ragas selected by the finest talents are played all throughout the festival and they create a musical groove that will send you dancing. You will surely be overwhelmed by the instrumental and vocal performances of the classical musician as they keep you fastened to your seat.
Aside from the festival, Gwalior is also famous for the Gharana. Gharana is a group of people famous for Indian classical music. This is the main reason why the city is chosen to host the music festival. The residents of the city are also inclined to dances and music. This is probably due to the fact that the city is the oldest family famous for singers in Hindustani music. Thus, the Tansen Music Festival is considered as one of the hallmarks of the culture of the city. You can witness the magical performances of the artists from all over India during the festival. You will be mesmerized by every corner and nook of the city as it carries stunning music. The festival calls for a lavish celebration that you should not miss.
In addition, the city has a number of architectural structures since it was first served as a capital of India for many dynasties. The architectural designs that you can witness are of Maratha, British, and Mughal styles. Some of the sites you should visit in Gwalior are the Gwalior fort, the Maharaj Bada, the Jai Vilas Palace, the Gopachal Parvat, and the Vivswaan Mandir.
Visiting the city is not difficult. You can reach it by plane, rail or road. The Gwalior airport is located just a few kilometres away from the city. If you wish to travel by rail, the railway is connected to all cities of India so you can just easily drop off. Moreover, Gwalior has very good bus services. So, you can safely attend the Tansen Music Festival as there are no other festivals like that in India.