The month of December in Pune is always booked for connoisseurs of Indian classical music as the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsava is organised every year. It is one of the biggest congregations of Indian classical musicians and dancers in the country. The likes of Pt Ravi Shankar, Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Vilayat Khan have graced the festival with their august presence over the years. The festival is a commemoration of the achievements of Pt Sawai Gandharva. Shehnai, santoor, basuri, violin and other musical performances, as well classical dances are showcased at this festival. The festival is organised by the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, which was established by Bharat Ratna Pt Bhimsen Joshi. 

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