Goa remembers Master Dinanath

| 04 November 2000 22:01 IST

Rest of the country may know him as father of India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar. But Goa and Maharashtra knows Lata, her sisters Mina, Asha, Usha and brother Hridaynath as children of an unforgettable music maestro - Dinanath Ganesh Mangeshkar.

Perhaps this is the reason his birth centenary year is being celebrated with various functions in both the states - Maharashtra, which made him a genius and Goa, where the genius was born.

The tourist state, which is also known for temples and musical environment all around it, is presently geared up to celebrate the two-day event in Mangeshi, where Master Dinanath was born and spent his childhood in the holy atmosphere of Lord Mangesh temple.

Born on 29 December 1900, the musical career of the short-lived Master Dinanath was full with ups and downs till he breathed last at 42 in Pune. After getting a break at the age of 15 in the then famous Kirlsokar Natak Mandali through a Urdu play 'Taj Eh Wafa', he later started his own company - Balwant Sangeet Mandali - in 1918.

He was pulling crowds for his versatile natyasangeet as well as his vocal classical performances, blending Hindustani classical music with the styles of Punjabi, Karnataki and even the Portuguese classical music. His sweet but equally powerful voice was a craze also for the music lovers right from Delhi, Gwalior to Calcutta.

Remembering the son of the soil to be proud of, the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Janmshatabdi Mahotsav Samiti of Goa has thus organised various unique programmes on 4 and 5 November, including naming the temple road after him, exhibiting his rare photographs, performing parts of his famous plays and, of course, the natyasangeet - the Dinanath style !

Besides ruling politicians like union minister Manohar Joshi and a few local ones, coming down specially to attend the celebration are film stars of repute like Bhaskar Chandawarkar and Amol Palekar, musician Hridaynath Mangeshkar and vocal singers Prabhakar Karekar, Ramdas Kamat, Sharad Gokhle, Archana Kanhere and Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil.

Close on the heels of it would be another cultural bonanza by Chaturang, Maharashtra's famous institution, scheduled on 28 and 29 December in Goa, the second day being the concluding day of Master Dinanath's birth centenary celebration.

The annual feature held otherwise in Bombay is being organised here at the request of Latadidi, who would be honoured with 'Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar' at the hands of union home minister Lal Krishna Advani. "I would be delighted if I am honoured in the land where my father was born on that day", she requested the organisers.

Besides their regular programmes like get-together with artists and writers as well as performance by table maestro Zakir Hussain, Chaturang is thus holding two other special programmes to honour the music maestro - Dinanath Rajani and interview of Asha Bhosale on 'her father', to be interviewed by father's proud son Hridaynath.

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