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List of Indian classical music festivals

The following is an incomplete list of Indian classical music festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on Indian classical music. The origins of Indian classical music can be found in the Vedas, which are the oldest scriptures in the Hindu tradition dating back to 1500 BC. Indian classical music has also been significantly influenced by, or syncretised with, Indian folk music. There are two divisions in Indian classical music. Hindustani music is mainly found in North India.[1] Carnatic music, from South India, tends to be more rhythmically intensive and structured than Hindustani music.[2] While some festivals such as the Carnatic event Tyagaraja Aradhana (founded in the 1840s) continue to focus on traditional Carnatic classical music, an emergent trend of the past few decades has been that of fusion music, where genres such as khyal and western music are intermixed to appeal to a wider audience.[3]

List of Indian classical
music festivals
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Related genresIndian classical music, Hindustani classical music, Carnatic music, khyal, world music
Related eventsClassical music festivals, folk festivals, world music festivals



Festival name 1st

Country State City Notes
Tyagaraja Aradhana 1846 India Tamil Nadu Thiruvaiyaru
Chembai Sangeetholsavam 1910 India Kerala Guruvayur
Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh 1920 India Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
Madras Music Season 1927 India Tamil Nadu Chennai
Kalasagaram Annual Cultural Festival 1967 India Andhra Pradesh Secunderabad
Ramanavami Global Music Festival by Sree Ramaseva Mandali RCT 1939 India Karnataka Bangalore
Purandara Dasa Aradhana 1974 India Karnataka Hampi
Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival 1978 United States of America Ohio Cleveland
Parampara Series – Andhri 1997 India Telangana Hyderabad
Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2005 India Tamil Nadu Chennai


Festival name 1st

Country State City Notes
Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan 1875 India Punjabi Jallandhar
Tansen Samaroh 1950s India Madhya Pradesh Gwalior
Dover Lane Music Conference 1952 India West Bengal Kolkata
Uttarpada Sangeet Chakra 1955 India West Bengal Uttarpada[4]
Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan 1952 India Maharashtra Mumbai
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival 1953 India Maharashtra Pune
Ninaad Sangeet Mahotsav 1965 India Uttar Pradesh Agra
Sabrang Utsav 1968 India Delhi
ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan 1971 India Various Various
Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh 1972 India Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
Dumru Percussion Festival 2011 India Maharashtra Pune
Saptak Festival of Music 1980 India Gujarat Ahmedabad
Ganga Mahotsava 1985 India Verius Varanasi
Pandit Chatur Lal Festival 1990 India New Delhi Delhi
Virasat 1995 India Various Various
Jahan-e-Khusrau 2001 India Delhi New Delhi
Ruhaniyat – The All India Sufi & Mystic Music Festival 2001 India Various Mumbai/Various
Sitar in Petersburg 2008 Russia NW District St. Petersburg Focus on sitar
SwaraZankar Music Festival 2009 India Maharashtra Pune
Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant Festival 2010 India Maharashtra Mumbai
Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2010 India Uttar Pradesh Lucknow[5]
Riwaayat 2010 India Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
Chaturprahar 2011 India Maharashtra Mumbai
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival, Hyderabad 2012 India Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
Swara Samrat festival 2013 India West Bengal Kolkata One-time event
8 Prahar 2014 India Maharashtra Mumbai Annual Event, next 10 November 2019
Qutub Festival India Delhi New Delhi
Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan Music Festival 1992 India New Delhi Delhi
Gunidaas Sangeet Samaroh India Mumbai
Karikan Parameshwari moonlight Sangeeta Festival India Honnavar karnataka
Nila Festival, Kerala Kalamandalam 1986 India Kerala Cheruthuruthy
Tihai, Shatatantri Media 2014 USA San Francisco California 18–20 September
Rajarani Music Festival India Odisha Bhubaneswar Annual Event

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ George E. Ruckert, Music in North India: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Ludwig Pesch, The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music, Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Kumar, Raj (2003). Essays on Indian Music. Discovery Publishing House. p. 16. ISBN 9788171417193.
  4. ^ "About".
  5. ^ "Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival".

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