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Big B, Adnan & Kanika for Ellora Fest 2016


Governor to inaugurate 3-day event at Ellora Caves Programmes of next two days at Sunehri Mahal. Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan along with prominent singers Adnan Sami and Kanika Kapoor will grace the Ellora-Ajanta-Aurangabad festival, which is scheduled to be held in the city, between October 14 and 16, this year.
A meeting to review preparations of the festival was held on Tuesday. Divisional commissioner Dr Umakant Dangat presided. The meeting finalised the list of star performers to be invited and generating an amount of Rs 2.5 crore expected to be spent on the festival.
Inauguration at Ellora Caves
The first day of the festival will be held on the campus of the world heritage site Ellora Caves on October 14. Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao will inaugurate the festival, while tourism minister Jaiprakash Rawal will be the chief guest. Parwati Dutta and her team will present a dance perform while Pune's Saniya Patankar will present songs. Actress Gracy Singh will also present a dance performance.
The 'jugalbandi' of musical instruments 'mridang' and 'sitar' between Uddhav Aapegaonkar and Belgium's star musician Bird Nirlis will be an added attraction. Events at Sunehri Mahal

The second and third day's events will be held at Sunehri Mahal on October 15 and 16. There is Kojagiri Paurnima on October 15. Noted musicians and singers Ajay-Atul will enthrall the audience during the night. On October 16, mega star Amitabh Bachchan will read out the collection of poems - Madhushala - penned by his father Harivanshrai Bachchan. Singer Adnan Sami and Kanika Kapoor will present Sufi songs and Ghazals on the same dais.

Local talent

The divisional commissioner also clarified that the festival organisers will be setting up an independent platform for local talent at Kalagram (near Garware Stadium) during the festival.
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