49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava Celebrates the Culture and Art of India

S. M. Nandish, Managing Trustee, Sri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha and Usha Uthup addressing the media

Bangalore- The 49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is returning in September this year with 11 days of pomp, pageantry, music and dance by stalwarts like L.Subramaniam, Usha Uthup, S.P.Balasubramanyam, Mano Murthy, Govinda, Kareena Kapoor, Ramesh Aravind, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Raghu Dixit. The festivities will begin with Ganesh Chaturthi dawning upon us in few days. An integral part of life in India, this festival symbolizes unity and what better platform to enliven it than the 49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, a cultural utsava that is organized every year by Sri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, a social orgnisation. This year, it is from September 1 – 11, 2011 at APS & National College Grounds, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru. The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is the only utsava of its kind in Bangalore that brings together art lovers and cultural aficionados onto one platform to celebrate the rich heritage of India through music, art and culture. Aromas of Karnataka – the Food Utsava will be the other attraction of the Utsava. The revelry will come to an end on September 11.While launching the 49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, S. M. Nandish, Managing Trustee, Sri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha said, “Our greater aim is to familiarize the present and future generations with the rich history of this country and state that has shaped our culture today. For 48 years, Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava has brought the best of India and Karnataka together, while also celebrating the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The endeavour is to make it bigger and better with every passing year and showcase the different genres of art that are an expression of the cultural history of this Country.”

Considered one of the most popular annual cultural events in Bangalore during the Ganesh festival, Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is a platform to bring together the best of India’s art, culture and heritage to the people of this state. Over 48 years, the organizers have tried to make this Utsava an occasion to showcase the best of what this country has to offer to the world.

“I have seen the evolution of the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, through the years of my association with it. The rich cultural heritage that it showcases breathes life into the glorious past and the rich present. This will be the third time I will be performing at the Utsava and it is a sheer honour and pleasure to be back in Bengaluru at one of the most popular cultural events,” said an ecstatic Usha Uthup, Indian pop, jazz & playback singer and a patron of the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava.

Festivals are never complete without culinary delights. This year too “Aromas of Karnataka - The Food Utsava” will add richness to the event by bringing together some of the best known cuisines from across Karnataka on a single platform for audiences to appreciate and savour. Aromas of Karnataka will have individually designed stalls from the six distinctive regions of Karnataka – Karavalli, Malenadu, Hale Mysore, Hyderabad Karnataka, Uttara Karnataka and Bayalusime, serving the most delectable time-honored dishes. The stalls would be decorated thematically in keeping with the cultural heritage of each region.

The upcoming 49th Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is expected to be the largest cultural event that the city has seen yet.

About Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha

Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha is a social service organization that was established in 1962 by noted literate Ku Ra Sitaram Shastri. The organization is in the forefront of social and cultural activities, spanning over four decades. Patronized by stalwart of Kannada literature Dr. D.V. Gundappa, Sri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha has been actively involved in sewing the social and cultural thread of Bangalore city.  Apart from a host of charitable activities, the Sangha takes pride in organizing the year’s most popular ‘Festival of the Masses’ – the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava.

About Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava

Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha has been organizing Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava for over four decades now. An annual festival, Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava has seen several leading stalwarts perform at the festival over the years – Balamurali Krishna, Yesudas, M S Subbalakshmi, Unnikrishnan, Kunnukudi Vaidyanathan, Gantasal, P.B.Srinivas, Mandolin Srinivas, Sivamani, Shankar Mahadevan, Master Hiranhiah, Hariharan, Shobana, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Daler Mehndi, all of whom have endeared the audiences with their exceptional artistic abilities. More than 5,00,000 people gather at the Utsava to celebrate the cultural extravaganza over a period of 11 days.

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