137Glorious 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 137years.
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
137 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 137 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 this festival of music
The festival attracts around 40,000 music lovers from all over the India and
abroad every year. This number is increasing year after 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 Four day long festival.
This festival was declared as one of the National Festivals by the
Department of Tourism, Govt. of India.
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. 38 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 - Gaayan
Vocal – Sugam Sangeet – Gaayan – Thumri – Dadra - Tappa
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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For the last 137 years, Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha has been
making its earnest endeavours to preserve and propagate Hindustani Classical
Music by organizing: Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet Pratiyogita & Sangeet Utsavs.
But in the
recent past, fusion/pop styles in Indian music scene have slowly been
influencing the traditional, folk and classical music which has resulted
into a marked shift in the interest of the younger generation from the
traditional/classical towards fusion/pop music. It was strongly felt that:
• 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 must 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.
Thus, the project for establishing Harivallabh Music & Research Academy was
initiated in the year 2007. A resolution to this effect was passed by the
general body during meeting held on 12th December, 2007. Our plans got a
boost when the Chief Minister of Punjab, S. Prakash Singh Badal declared a grant of Rs. One Crore, for the
establishment of the Academy during the Sangeet Sammelan in 2007.
Work on the building that will house this academy is going on in full swing.
Mahasabha started the construction of Harivallabh Bhawan which will
house Harivallabh Music & Research Academy. The structural work
is almost complete.
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.
& Video recordings, books and other literature on music that the
Mahasabha has collected, it is helping the research scholars to
complete their research work. It
is worth mentioning here that three research scholars have already
submitted their thesis.
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.