The eleven day long Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava drew to a grand close. Each day of the Utsava was marked with music, art, food, and entertainment, with around 25 performances making it the largest ever cultural and music festival in Bengaluru at National College Grounds, Basvanagudi.
The event saw some eminent personalities performing including singers Vijay Prakash, Bappi Lahiri, Shaan, Raghu Dixit to name a few. The highlights of the festival was a tribute concert to A. R. Rahman by Berklee College of Music, from the US, who mesmerised the audience with popular numbers like Jiya Jale from Dil Se, Rasathi en usuru from Thiruda Thirudi and many more songs.
The other performance that captured the audiences’ attention was the Tribute concert to S. Janaki by an all women (30 women) band led by Sunita Murali and Supriya Raghunandan.
Thousands came out to enjoy the music, dance, art, and food. “Over the past 11 days, audiences from across Bengaluru have been inspired and entertained by world-class and local performers, musicians, percussionists, singers, dancers and various other artists in the largest celebration of art and culture in Bengaluru,” said Mr. Nandish SM, Festival Director and Managing Trustee, Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava.
Beat Gurus, the Bengaluru based percussionist band, were the heart and soul of the festival. Every evening, in midst of 1000 diyas, the maha mangalarathi kicked off on their beat, their energy and vibes were a whole new experience for the devotees at the festival.
The star attraction of the grand festival was the custom designed mantapa, which has been built inspired by the architecture of the famous temples Melukote, Hampi and Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple.
Apart from music and art, there was the 11-day foodie extravaganza, the Aromas of Karnataka’ – Food Utsava featuring Shri Guru Koteshwara Davangere Benne Dosa, Akki rotti and potato twist which was a rage amongst the crowd.