Mumbai, March 23, 2011
Stories from Indian mythology, like the tale of Eklavya and his guru Dronacharya, have enshrined the concept of Gurudakshina in the Indian psyche. Gurudakshina is the tradition of repaying one's guru after a period of study or completion of formal education, but at the same time, the tradition of the guru-shishya parampara is slowly getting diluted with the demands of modern life.
STAR Pravah, in an effort to revive this age-old tradition of the spiritual relationship between student and teacher, organised Guru Dakshina - the Event, preceding the auspicious festival of Gudi Padwa, the start of the Hindu New Year. On this occasion, STAR Pravah brought the students together with their Gurus to applaud the elders who laid the foundation of art, drama and music in the Marathi entertainment industry. The event felicitated the Gurus of Marathi Entertainment, and showcased an eclectic blend of performances which the Shishyas, presented as tributes to their Gurus.
The show opened with Nandi Naman, following which Shishya Shankar Mahadevan performed legendary songs taught by his guru Shrinivas Khale. Guru Purushottam Berde's Shishyas presented acts from the superhit plays Toor Toor and Jaubai Jorat. Guru Taufiq Qureishi performed Jugalbandi with his Shishya, while Shreyas Talpade performed and introduced his Gurus Arun Ranzankar and MukeshJadhav.
With top-notch direction and choreography, the show was a full-blown entertainment event as well as a touching tribute to the legendary teachers who have left indelible marks on the Marathi art and culture scene, in the form of their Shishyas' enduring talents.
The event was ably anchored by Atul Parchure, Swapnil Joshi, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Prasad Oak and Umesh Kamat.
Commenting on the initiative, Shrabani Deodhar, Programming head, STAR Pravah said, "We at Star Pravah firmly believe in keeping alive our age-old traditions, and we would like to take this opportunity to enshrine our own debt of gratitude to the great teachers who have moulded and imbibed in us with invaluable lessons of life."
This unique event, honouring the senior stars of the Marathi art and culture world, was held at on March 18th at Andheri Sports Complex at 6.30 pm.
Stay tuned and watch the telecast of the Gurudakshina on April 3rd at 7:00 pm exclusively on STAR Pravah
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