Gwalior: The Culture Ministry has finally woken up to the forgotten Tansen Music Festival which had been neglected by the state government for years.  The cultural festival dedicated to the Indian classical music has been organized 20 days earlier this year while the government has already announced the names of the winners of the Tansen Samman.

The Tansen honour for the year 2011 has been conferred on Hindustani classical vocalist Savita Devi from Banaras Gharana of music.

The festival will be organized by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad near Tansen Tomb in Gwalior from December 9. 

The four-day festival will have 6 musical events with enthralling performances by Tansen Samman winner Savita Devi, Dhrupad singer Ashish Sankrityayan, Dhrupad singer Dagar brothers and instrument performances by flute player Ronu Majumdar, veena player Narsi Halu Wadawati and santoor recital by Abhay Sopori.

The event which witnessed performances by B and C grade artistes in previous years, has now engaged big names to draw the masses. The Cultural Ministry has given a new lease of life to the dying festival with the timely effort.

However, the award prize provided to the winner of the Tansen honour has been maintained at Rs 2 lakh.

 It is to be noted, the 87-year-old music festival was dying a slow death as the government had resorted to mere formality in this regard.

JPN/Bureau