141 Glorious Years - Harivallabh
“Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan is the oldest festival of
Hindustani Classical Music in the world.”
Harivallabh - A Tradition - A Legend
voices of the vocalists,
The soul stirring strains of Sitar, Santoor and Sarangi,
The thundering sounds of Tabla and Pakhawaj,
The cascading notes of Flute & Shehnai,
The magic of Mohan Veena,
The enchanting notes of Veena & Violin and
The harmonious notes of Harmonium
all have touched the souls of enlightened audiences at
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan,
year after year for the last 141years.
magnificent achievement has been made possible
only by the great
musicians performing at this
oldest festival of Indian Classical
some it was sheer devotion, for some it was a
to receive the
pilgrimage and for some
it was a mission
to preserve the best in Indian Classical Music, that
made them come to this Sangeet Sammelan
blessings from the great seat of music.
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Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, the oldest festival of Indian
Classical Music in the world, is organized in the last weekend of December
every year at the sacred seat of music, the Samadhi of Baba Harivallabh – a
saint and an exponent of Hindustani Classical Music.
The first Sammelan was held in 1875 at the sacred Samadhi situated at Shri
Devi Talab, in Jalandhar. Since then it has been held every year.
The Sangeet Sammelan which has grown from strength to strength in the last
141 years has been attracting audiences and artists from all across the
country and abroad.
All prominent artists of Hindustani Classical Music from India and Pakistan
have come and performed at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan at one time or
the other during the last 141 years.
Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi accompanied by Pandit Vishnu
Digamber visited Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan in the year 1919.
Union Ministers, Governors, State Chief Ministers, State Ministers and other
VIPs have been visiting to pay their reverence to Baba Harivallabh and to the artists performing at this festival of music
The festival attracts around thousands of music lovers from all over the India and
abroad every year.
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan provides an opportunity for the
music lovers to meet 15 – 20 prominent artists at one place every year and
to see and to hear them perform live during this Three day long festival.
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan was declared as one of the National Festivals by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of India in 1996.
Limca Book of Records had recognised Harivallabh as the Oldest Music Festival in India in 2003
All India Radio and Doordarshan have been covering the festival regularly.
Extensive coverage by various TV channels, Internet, FM stations has enabled millions of music lovers across the globe to enjoy the live proceedings of the festival.
The Print media gives due coverage in the local, regional and national dailies, magazines and periodicals.
Entry to the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan is Free.
The present cost of organizing the Annual Mega Event is around Rs. 40 Lacs.
Major expenses are met out of voluntary donations made by public and private
Punjab Government has also been extending a helping hand in the organisation
of this Sangeet Sammelan.
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Harivallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita
To encourage the young to appreciate and perfect themselves in the field of
Hindustani Classical Music and to bring out the best amongst the
competitors, an open competition in Hindustani Classical Music is organized
by the Mahasabha every year.
Sangeet Pratiyogita for the Junior category and for the Senior category,
Pratiyogita is held a few days prior to the annual Sangeet Sammelan.
There are Four Categories for the competition namely:
Vocal – Shastriya Sangeet - Khayal, Dhrupad Gaayan
Vocal – Sugam Sangeet – Thumri, Dadra, Tappa Gaayan
Instrumental (Non-Percussion) – Shastriya Sangeet – Swar Vadya
Instrumental (Percussion) – Shastriya Sangeet – Taal Vadya
There are Two Age Groups in each category namely:
Juniors (Yuva Varg) - upto 16 years and
Seniors (Varishth Yuva Varg) 16+ to 25 years
There are Three Prizes in each category namely:
First, Second and Third.
In addition, the Winners from the Senior Age Group are initiated as
‘Performing Artists’ during the next Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan.
For details refer to the link “Music Competition”
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Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Utsavs & Seminars
As a part of the year long drive for the promotion of Hindustani Classical
Music and to keep up the tempo after the annual Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet
Vasant Utsav, Malhar Utsav and Hemant Utsav are Seminars are organised under
the aegis of Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet & Research Academy in the months
February, August and October every year.
Two to Three
Artists are invited during these functions to give their Lecture -
Demostration programme during a 4-5 hour programme.
During Vasant Utsav, Malhar Utsav and Hemant Utsav, preference is given to
upcoming artists in the field of Hindustani Classical Music so as to give
them appropriate exposure in the music circles.
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Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha has been making its earnest endeavours to preserve and propagate Hindustani Classical Music by organizing: Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet Pratiyogita and Sangeet Utsavs.
• To preserve the purity of Indian Classical Music,
• To nurture it so that the priceless heritage is not lost with the passage
of time, and
• To propagate in amongst the initiated or un-initiated, especially the
Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha is in the process to establish a modern 'Gurukul' – an institution for imparting rigorous training in Indian Classical Music to the students of music by the most competent guides and maestros.
Harivallabh Bhawan has been constructed to house the activities of Harivallabh Music & Research Academy. Harivallabh Music Academy has been working at Harivallabh Bhawan.
Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Awards
awards were instituted in the year 1995 in the memory of Baba
Harivallabh to Honour the Music Maestros, the Patrons and for the
Individuals for their selfless service to Indian Classical Music.
These awards have been named as - Harivallabh
Life Time Achievement Award
Sangeet Sewa Award.
A Citation, Cash and Shawl is presented to those being honored.
of Indian Classical Music
Baba Harballabh Sangeet Mahasabha started its efforts to build an
Archive of Indian Classical Music containing audio and video
recordings of performance of great masters some years ago.
& The treasured collection of Audio & Video recordings, books, photographs and other literature on music and musicians is helping the research scholars to complete their research work. It is worth mentioning here that many research scholars have been benefitted by this endeavour. The students of music have also being given access to these records to see/listen to the performances of great artists, to understand and to appreciate Indian classical music better and to learn more about Indian classical music.
The Mahasabha invites collectors and connoisseur to share their collection of audio and video recordings, photographs, books, literature on Indian classical music with us.