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Marathi Sangeet Natak Enthusiasts in Belagavi: A Cultural Celebration awaits you

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By uday

Our town Belagavi has been a great platform for art enthusiasts in various forms over the years. Even with the boom of digital media, many among us look forward to watching live action on stage. It was during one such event that we thought it would be great if we invited Artists & and Artists groups to Belagavi for the lovers of Stage Dramas & Music. For all such art enthusiasts at Belagavi, we are delighted to bring home the joy of experiencing this cultural celebration under the banner of “Venugram Academy of Performing Arts”, a not-for-profit initiative.

As a first step towards their endeavor, they are organizing two Marathi Sangeet Natak- “Sangeet Soubhadra (संगीत सौभद्र) and “Sanshay Kallol” (संशयकल्लोळ) on evenings of 10th & 11 February 2024 at the Kannada Bhavan, Opp Shaikh College Nehru Nagar Belagavi.

Marathi Sangeet Natak, known for its unique blend of prose and poetry accompanied by live music (Natyasangeet – नाट्यसंगीत) featuring a variety of instruments, creates an immersive atmosphere that resonates throughout the entire performance. Traditional Sangeet Natak promises a distinctive amalgamation of music and drama, providing the audience with a truly memorable experience where visual elements complement and enhance the impact of prose and music.

Venugram Academy of Performing Arts

venugram academy of performing arts

About the Group:

The Gandharva Bhushan Jayram Shiledar Sangeet Natya Seva Trust was established on September 20, 1993, in memory of the late Shri Jayram Shiledar. Born in Belgavi, Shri Jayram Shiledar played a significant role in popularizing Marathi Sangeet Natak. The trust is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and advancing the rich traditional heritage of Marathi Sangeet Natak. Shri Jayram Shiledar, having settled in Pune, frequently visited Belgavi with his troupe, presenting various Sangeet Nataks.

Objectives of the Trust:

The trust diligently works towards fulfilling its objectives, which include:

(a) Arranging performances of Sangeet Natak and Natyasangeet to propagate Marathi Sangeet Natak.

(b) Conducting workshops covering various facets of Sangeet Natak, such as musical accompaniment, setting, costumes, makeup, etc.

(c) Training new artists and musicians to carry forward the rich tradition of Marathi Sangeet Natak.

(d) Digitizing old Marathi Sangeet Natak to benefit future generations.

Under the guidance of former Director Ms. Keerti Shiledar, who conducted workshops at the National School of Drama (NSD), the trust has presented performances and programs all over Maharashtra and across India, including the prestigious NSD, New Delhi, in events like “BRM 2010 – NatyaNad.” Currently, the trust operates under the capable guidance of Ms. Deepti Bhogale, a versatile artist with 50 years of experience in acting, singing, playwriting, direction, costume design, and more.

The parent organization of the trust, “Marathi Rangabhumi,” was founded by Shri Jayram Shiledar and Padmashri Late Smt. Jayamala Shiledar in 1949. Dedicated to Marathi Sangeet Natak, “Marathi Rangabhumi” has completed 74 years in October 2023 and is celebrating its 75th year with various activities related to Marathi Sangeet Natak. Join us in this cultural extravaganza as we bring the essence of Marathi Sangeet Natak to Belagavi.

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