The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav, previously known as the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsavand popularly called Sawai, is an annual Indian Classical music festival held in Pune, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Organized by Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal the festival is one of the most prominent and popular Indian Classical music events in the world. The event was started in 1953 by the great Hindustani Classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi as a music conference to commemorate the achievements of his guru, the legendary Indian Classical vocalist, Pandit Sawai Gandharva. The festival not only attracts the leading proponents of Indian Classical music from across gharanas (schools) like Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Jaipur Atrauli and Rampur-Sahaswan but also provides a platform for upcoming music talent. Visit the exciting city of Pune this December and experience the best of Indian Classical music at the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav!

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Artist lineup

Day 1

Pandit Rajan & Sajan Mishra
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Shri Debashish Bhattacharya

Day 2

Pandit Jasraj
Smt. Kala Ramnath

Day 3

Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar
Shri Samrat Pandit

Day 4

Pandit Bhajan Sopori
Smt. Padma Talwalkar

Day 5

Dr Prabha Atre
Pandit Rajan Kulkarni


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General accommodation details

The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Festival takes place at the New English School, Ramanbaug grounds in Tilak Nagar, which is in the heart of Pune city. The bus station and railway station of Shivaji Nagar are approximately 3.0 Km from the venue. You can consider staying in Shivaji Nagar or Budhwar Peth which are not only have multiple accommodation options but also is quite close to the venue and other local attractions.

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Ramanbaug, Narayan Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India 411030

  • Capacity: 10,000
  • The Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav is held in the grounds of the New English School, Ramanbaug.
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How to get Tickets


  • Call on +91-20-25535570 for more ticketing information about the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav.


  • Daily tickets for the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Sangeet Mahotsav are available at the venue. These tickets will only be for the Indian seating area (Bharatiya Baithak ).

Ticketing offile

For previous editions of the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsena Mahotsava tickets have been sold at the following outlets in Pune:

  • Shirish Traders (Kamla Nehru Park)
  • Navdikar Musicals (Kothrud)
  • Dinshaw and Company (Laxmi Road)
  • Behere Bandhu Ambewale (Shanipar)


  • Tickets are not sold online!
  • Season pass is the best way to get a chair ticket. Tickets for chairs get over very soon, generally within few hours.
  • Highlight of this year is that the cost of season pass for Indian seating (Bharatiya Baithak) has been reduced to INR 300.00 from INR 350.00.


  • Session on Saturday is from 4.00 pm to 12.00 midnight.
  • Other days the sessions are from  4.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
  • Refer here for details.


Reaching the venue

Inside the venue

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Food & Beverages:

  • Vegetarian food and beverages are available at the venue.
  • Visitors have been allowed to bring their own food to the venue in previous editions of the festival.


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