Banganga Festival

Banganga festival or Banganga Music Festival was once one of the most anticipated annual festivals for die hard classic music lovers residing in Mumbai city. In fact such was the charm of this festival that during its heydays it attracted music lovers from even far across India. Banganga Music Festival’s heydays were before 2008; as on 2008 Maharashtra Government and MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation) brought curtains down on this illustrious music festival.

The reason cited for this unpopular decision was that organizer MTDC and private sponsors were having way too many difference of opinions about how this music festival should be organized. However, keeping in mind how unpopular this decision was Maharashtra Government and MTDC finally in 2012 made up their mind to revive this immensely popular festival – much to the relief of die hard classic music lovers. Even though this magnanimous decision is yet to materialize, but is believed that Banganga Music will eventually see the day of light in coming years.

Irrespective of when this popular music festival will eventually see the day of light, we bring to you some hard facts about this festival. As to what really made this music festival so significant and popular amongst music lovers and even among general people of Mumbai.      

Banganga Music Festival, which was started in 1992, was a two day classical music festival that paid rich tributes to religious and mythological significance of Banganga Tank, located in the premise of famous Walkeshwar Temple in posh Malabar hills area. This very place was permanent venue of this prominent festival.

Banganga Festival Celebration Mumbai
Banganga Lake

Banganga Tank, is believed to be, a sacred place where Lord Ram had once shot his arrow and eventually water emerged from beneath the earth. From this very water Lord Ram is believed to have quenched his thirst. However, this sacred place took shape of a big water tank only during 13th century when one of the prominent ministers of Shirala dynasty ordered to build a big water tank to mark the sacred act of Lord Rama.

The two day Banganga Music Festival indeed was organized to remind the present generation about this very cultural and religious heritage of Banganga tank. But more than anything else, the festival intended to reclaim the rich cultural heritage of ancient India.

However, keeping aside the noble intentions of festival, it is the  star studded affair of this festival that had made it so popular in such short span of time. After all, this annual music festival was graced by the biggest stalwarts of Indian classical music.  The likes of Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Hariprasad Churasia, Pandit Jasraj and Hema Malini had enthralled the festival audience for more than a decade. These musical wizards and luminaries drew adherent music lovers not just from Mumbai but from also far nook & corner of India.

And this pure musical wizardry coincided with the beautiful backdrop of Banganga Tank, which was always brought to its sublime beauty with ornamental & decorative lighting and Indian artifacts. With pure spiritual music and a imminent cultural heritage coinciding in such a remarkable way, this festival literally transcended people & music lovers to different world all together.

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    Mohi Madaan from Mumbai 1122 Days ago

    This is quite unique type of music festival, but interesting. Please let me know the venue and timing of this festival.

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