List of Indian classical music festivals

List of Indian classical
music festivals
General Information
Related genres Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music, Carnatic music, khyal, world music
Location India
Related events Classical music festivals, folk festivals, world 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]



Festival name 1st

Country State City Notes
Tyagaraja Aradhana 1846  India Tamil Nadu Thiruvaiyaru
Chembai Sangeetholsavam 1910  India Kerala Guruvayur
Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh1920  India Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
Madras Music Season 1927  India Tamil Nadu Chennai
Kalasagaram Annual Cultural Festival 1967  India Andhra Pradesh Secunderabad
Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival 1978  United States of America Ohio Cleveland
Parampara Series – Andhri 1997  India Telangana Hyderabad
Swathi (Navarathri) Sangeethotsavam  India Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2005  India Tamil Nadu Chennai
Theerthapada Sangeethotsavam 1988  India Kerala Thiruvanathapuram


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
Pandit Chatur Lal Festival 1990  India New Delhi Delhi
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival 1953  India Maharashtra Pune
Sabrang Utsav 1968  India Delhi
ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan 1971  India Various Various
Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh 1972  India Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
Saptak Festival of Music 1980  India Gujarat Ahmedabad
Ganga Mahotsava 1985  India VeriusVaranasi
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
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
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

See also


  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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