Chembai Music Festival : Chembai music festival is held annually in Thiruvananthapuram in Sept ember in memory of Chembai Vaidyanath Bhagawather. The highlight of the festival is group singing of Saint Thyagaraja’s ‘Pancharatna Krithis’ on Dasami day by several leading artists. A group concert mark the end of the festival on the night of Ekadasi. This includes five of Chembai’s most favourite songs.
Dover Lane Music Festival : Dover Lane Music Festival one of the largest Indian Classical musical events is being held in Kolkata every year between January 22 and 26. This festival provides a wonderful platform for t he younger generati on to come and perform with the best in the art. The music maestros from all over the country get together and create magic in front of an enormous crowd. The people of Kolkata consider this festival as heritage event.
Gunidas Music Festival : An internationally known music festival Gunidas Music Festival was first presented way back in 1977 in Mumbai. Now it is held in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi every year. Top classical musicians of India, both vocalists and instrumentalists perform in this festival.
ITC Music Festival : ITC Sangeet Sammelan started in 1971.The festival has a participation of eminent musicians. The Sammelan is conducted by the ITC Sangeeth research Academy. It is held in different places in India. A substantial cash award is given to one of the oldest living musicians of stature during this Sammelan. This award is recognised as a great honour in the world of Indian classical music.
Saptak Music Festival : Saptak Music Festival is conducted on the first week of January in Ahmedabad every year. This festival was inaugurated by Pt. Ravi Shankar in 1980. All leading vocalist as well as instrumentalists participate on this platform regularly. Some of the innovative features of this festival have been instrument and dance ensembles, Tala Vadya Kacheri, Rajasthani and Punjab Folk music. Saptak also tries to keep alive Thumri and Dhrupad and instruments like Sarangi and Pakhawaj by inviting the older generation of artists specialising in these fields.
Savai Gandharva Music Festival : Savai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav is celebrated in Pune usually in December. It is held in commemoration of Pandit Rambhan Kundgolkar, the eminent Khyal Singer. His student, Pandi Bhimsen Joshi conducts the festival to observe his Gurus death anniversary. Many eminent classical music artists from all over the country participate in this festival.
Tansen Music Festival : Tansen Music Festival is held in Gwalior in memory of the great musician Tansen, the father of Hindustani Music especially the Drupad style. The festival is held, near the tomb of Tansen at Behat, Gwalior in the month of November/ December every year. Renowned classical singers from the country gather and perform for five night long sessions.
Thyagaraja Music Festival : Thyagaraja Music festival is held in Thiruvaiyaru (situated 13kms from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu), where the great saint and music composer Thyagaraja lived and attained Samadhi. Here an eight day music festival is held every year towards the end of January. The venue is near his Samadhi on the banks of river Cauvery. This carnatic music festival attracts music lovers from all corners of the country.
Chennai music and dance festival : Chennai music and dance festival is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India held during mid December to mid January in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The festival is held at a number of venues around the city by various Sabhas or organisations. Many eminent artists from various parts of India participate in this festival. Performances include vocal and instrumental music, dance - sole, and group, both by Junior and senior artists.