Mumbai: The most awaited evening, a presentation by music maestros saw students and music lovers of Mumbai mesmerised at Ajivasan Music Academy, Juhu. Uttam Vag-Gayekar Jialal Award 2019 was presented to John MacLaughlin by the hands of santoor player Shivkumar Sharma along with Suresh Wadkar, Founder, Ajivasan, Ustad Zakhir Hussain and Sonu Nigam to name a few. John is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz which he coupled with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco and blues to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion. The award was announced during Vasantotsav a yearly fund-raising music program.
The program also witnessed a musical rendezvous live performance by John MacLaughlin (Shakti Group), Zakhir Hussain (Tabla), Vidushi Alamelu Mani (Vocals), Ganesh Rajgopalan and Selva Ganesh presented a very unique, innovate and interactive musical session.
“Ajivasan celebrates a journey of a musician every year and appreciates their effort to create some extraordinary music without stopping”, said Suresh Wadkar, Founder, AJIVASAN. “From traditional to avant garde and every music genre in between, now in its 19th year Uttam Vag-Gayekar Jialal Vasant award applauds musicians and talent globally for their musical contributions”, Wadkar added.