Tansen Samaroh is an annual event celebrated in honour of the legendary musician Tansen. It takes place every year in the month of December in Behat of Gwalior district, Madhya Pradesh. A fledged musical extravaganza, artists and music lovers from all over the world gather here to pay tribute to the great Indian musical maestro. The event is organised near the Tansen Tomb jointly by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy and the Department Of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, inviting artists from all across the country to deliver vocal and instrumental performances.
For all those who appreciate classical music, Tansen Samaroh, happening from December 24 – 29 is the festival for you. It is infact, also known as Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, spanning over a good five days.To give a little background, Mian Tansen was a prominent 16-century Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist, and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the Rubab of Central Asian origin. He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Akbar gave him the title of Mian, meaning a learned man. Tansen is a historical personality, whose aura and charm got him the highest status at the emperor’s court.
Perhaps the first and the only international music fest in India, Tansen Samaroh is where we not only celebrate Indian classical music but also have artists from other nations performing their respective genres and classical music as well. It is a beautiful blend of Carnatic music, Hindustani classical music and traditional classic music from countries like Sweden, Iran, Brazil and Spain.
The festival is made more interesting and informative so that awareness can be spread about India’s cultural heritage. The lectures and discussions in the segment called ‘Vadi Samvadi’ help in doing that. Apart from this, it is just a great platform to encourage next generation musicians and showcase their talent in the presence of thousands of music lovers.