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Sawai Gandharva organisers seek GST exemption for classical

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

The Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, organisers of the iconic Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, have requested the Central to exempt the concerts of Hindustani classical music from

The Mandal has submitted a formal request in this regard to Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

"Currently, about 28 per cent is levied on the tickets that are above Rs 250. This is causing a lot of increase in ticket rates and thus is adversely affecting the concerts of classical music in the country.

"Such an increase will create more problems in preserving and popularising the traditional Indian classical music. Thus, we are seeking exemption for such concerts," said Shrinivas Joshi, Executive President, Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal.

Joshi, son of legendary vocalist late Bhimsen Joshi, said the mandal had approached national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe who has assured them to take up the matter with Jaitley.

"State Minister has also assured us to take it up with central ministry. Thus, we are indeed very thankful to them. We hope that the Finance Ministry takes a positive step and helps ease burden of GST on concerts of Indian classical music," he added.

Joshi said noted vocalists Prabha Atre, Begam Parveen Sultana, Ulhas Kashalkar, besides santoor player Shiv Kumar Sharma, flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, violinist L.Subramaniam and various artists have supported the GST exemption demand.

The 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, an annual extravaganza for connoisseurs of classical music, is scheduled to take place between December 13 and 17.

Last year due to demonetisation, the season ticket rate was reduced from Rs 350 to Rs 300.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 18:13 IST