Team CelebConnect recently curated the Times Celebrate Pune festival for The Times of India. A city festival that celebrates arts, literature, adventure, sports, theatre, music and food. Over 5 days the team planned over 50 sessions with over 100 artists across various parts of Pune.
Executed from 16th January to 20th January 2019, the festival became a trendsetter for the festivals of Pune. The sessions included a variety of genres with performances, talks and workshops.
In the Musical concerts category we hosted a bollywood night with Sukhwinder Singh , a Classical Sarod Concert with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash and a sufi night with Sabri Brothers. For the marathi loving audience, we had Irshaad, an exhilarating experience of appreciating a new-age style of Marathi poetry; For the classical vocal lovers a night with Pt. Anand Bhate; and a fusion night connecting the ingrained classical music to bollywood with Pt. Vijay Ghate, Pt. Atulkumar Upadhye, Amar Oak, Sheetal Kolwalkar, Abhijit Bhale, Ritesh Ohol, Atul Raninga & Nagesh Adgaonkar.
The festival was also the first performance of the actor singer Sumeet Raghavan’s Live performance of his favourite songs.
We also had the local upcoming band ‘Joydhaam’, of the Game of Thrones hindi version fame, make people dance.
The festival has a separate segment for kids under SuperKids Arena where we hosted events only for Kids. It comprised of an exhibition, Terracota Bhatukli Workshop, Doodle Painting Workshop, Theatre Workshop, Dance workshop with Kunal Phadke, Community Drum Circle, Gel Candle Making Workshop, Surya Namaskar session, Punch Kraft Workshop and a cupcake design workshop. The children also enjoyed a special illusion workshop with Jitendra Raghuveer. It also included a parliamentary style debate on ‘Are grades a better way to assess students performance?’ judged by our co-founder Mr. Bhushan Maskay.
The festival included a host of popular and critically acclaimed plays. Anathema, an English horror comedy starring Virajas Kulkarni and Suraj Parasnis was held on 17th Jan at Mehru Memorial, Camp. This was followed by Bhanwar, a hindi play starring Shivraj Vaichal that tells the tale of the eponymous Bhanwar Singh.
The popular play – A Perfect Murder -starring Satish Rajwade, Pushkar Shrotri, Shweta Pendse and Abhijit Kedkar was also part of the festival; along with the recently premiered Ashok Saraf and Nirmitee Sawant’s Vaccuum Cleaner. Amar Photo Studio starring Amey Wagh, Sakhi Gokhale, Suvrat Joshi, Pooja Thambre and Siddhesh Purkar also mesmerised the audience at the festival.
Workshops for adults included a caricature making workshop by Ghanshyam Deshmukh, Music Appreciation workshop with Kaushal Inamdar, Theater light design workshop, Decoupage Workshop, Bottle Art Workshop and Madhubani Painting Workshop.
In addition to these, the festival hosted a series of talks and discussion on various topics with Subodh Bhave, Hrishikesh Joshi, Satish Aalekar, Trishala Talela, Dr. Shrikant Pradhan, Vivek Sabanis, Roopali Panse, Narendra Bhide, Mrunmayi Deshpande, Jasraj Joshi,Savaniee Ravindra and Pushkraj Chirputkar.
Gazal Rang Mushaira by Sureshkumar Vairalkar along with Bhalchandra Bhutkar, Sushant Khursale, Manisha Naik, Swapnil Shevade, Swati Shukla, Amit Wagh, Dr.Gajanan Mitke, Monica Singh added a entirely new experience to the audience at the festival.
Among other things the festival created an atmosphere of celebration with various art installation, Photo exhibition, Bolkyaresha Exhibition, Corporate Cricket league, Corporate Football league, Tuzhya Mazhyatalya Goshti with Prabandh Raul and a discussion on Smart City.
CelebConnect also hosted various marathi celebrities for a celebrity match at Chondhe Patil Sports Complex.