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The 53rd Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava upholds the rich tradition of culture and heritage that is India, through magnificent presentations of music, dance, drama and art by some of the finest artists of the country.
The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, which has been organized by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha at the APS College Grounds, Basavanagudi, for close to 5 decades, is a major cultural festival of South Bangalore. Since the time of its commencement, the grandeur, style and elegance of The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava has been unparalleled. Year after year, over 1 million people gather at the Utsava to celebrate the cultural extravaganza over a period of 11 days.
Eminent musicians, theatre groups and ballet troupes from all across the country have graced the Utsava with their presence and riveting performances. These include Smt. MS Subbalakshmi, Mandolin U Srinivas, Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Dr. KJ Yesudas, Usha Uthup, Gantasal, Sivamani, SP Balasubrahmanyam, P Unnikrishnan, PB Sreenivas, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, Shankar Mahadevan and Daler Mehendi, all of whom have enthralled the audiences with their exceptional artistic abilities.
Adding to the euphoria is the free entry for all that welcomes audiences to be a part of this cultural festival.
Shri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, completing its meaningful fifty years of journey and stepping ahead without any impediment in the midst of Lord Shri Ganesha's blessings.
A glimpse of the last 50
It all started with the enthusiasm of a handful of youths. They were searching for a forum to involve themselves and share their thoughts and enthusiasm. Urge of the youth mooted Shri Vidyaranya Vichara Vinimaya Kannadigara Sangha, later transformed as Shri Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha. Ever since, celebration of Ganesha Utsava was one of the important activities of the Sangha, which is successfully completing fifty years and pioneers Ganesha festival celebration in the garden city, Bengaluru. This book, a carefully crafted story, narrates the tale.
You will find the sections on art, dance, music, culture and its uncompromising efforts to restore the heritage, and a well-planned transition, passing it over to next generation without disquieting its unique aesthetical beauty. Pages of this fifty years saga, also narrates various efforts started by the Sangha: rehabilitating the victims of natural calamities; how a society can gain its identity through cultural activities; how a forum can be a role model through its self-imposed disciplined inventiveness and most importantly projecting genuine literary, cultural and social talents of this country by organizing festivals. Today the fragrance of this festival has spread across not only the garden city but across the nation.