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World Sangeet Tansen festival organized in Madhya Pradesh

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    3rd Jan, 2022

Context

The 97th edition of the World Sangeet Tansen festival started off in Gwalior on 25th December 2021.

About

About Tansen

  • Mian Tansen (born 1493 or 1506 as Ramtanu Misra – died 1586 or 1589 as Tansen) was a prominent Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist.
  • He is known for a large number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin).
  • He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Jalal ud-din Akbar.
  • Akbar gave him the title Mian, an honorific, meaning learned man.

The Tansen ceremony

  • Every year in December, an annual festival, the Tansen Samaroh, is held in Gwalior to celebrate Tansen.
  • The Tansen ceremony was started in the year 1924 during Scindia's reign itself.
    • This is the 97th Tansen ceremony.

Key-highlights of 97th ceremony

  • The stage of the program has been constructed on the theme of the Siddhanath temple situated in
  • Many artists not only from India but also from abroad participate in the music festival.
  • The first seven concerts were held at the stage prepared at the mausoleum of Tansen and the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus.
    • The eighth concert will be held on the banks of the Jhilmil river, in Behat (Birthplace of Tansen) on December 30. 
    • The last brief concert will be held at Gwalior Fort on the same day.
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