Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is the extravaganza of cultural and religious celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. In 2012, Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava is celebrating its 50th Year.
Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha, the chief organizers of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, is a social organization, organizing cultural events since 40 and more years.
As per the official website of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava….
Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha is a social service organization with an impressive track record, spanning over 4 decades of social and cultural activities. Activities of The Sangha revolve around the celebration of culture through artistic means. A nationalistic vibe is prevalent in all activities conducted by The Sangha. These activities include celebrating national festivals, distributing free books to underprivileged children, helping victims of war and national calamities and organizing cultural festivals.
The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava, which has been organized by the Sangha at the APS College Grounds, Basavanagudi, for the past 4 decades, is a major cultural festival of south Bangalore. The Sangha has tied up with The Times of India for this festival in an attempt to gather people from all across the city to this cultural celebration.
The Sangha is confident that this association with the ToI will bring a vibrant nationalist spirit to the festival. The Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava offers people the chance to interact with fellow Bangaloreans. It also provides a platform for budding artists to showcase their art through stalls. Eminent musicians, theatre groups and ballet troupes from all across the country have performed at the festival over the years. Some of the renowned guests who have graced the festival with their presence are Smt. MS Subbalakshmi, Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Dr. KJ Yesudas, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Usha Uthup, P Unnikrishnan, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, Gantasal, PB Sreenivas, Mandolin U Srinivas, Sivamani, Shankar Mahadevan and Daler Mehendi.
Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava 2012 will be a blast of cultural and musical extravaganza as top musicians and stars from Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood and Sandalwood will be present at various events to be held throughout the Ganesh Festival celebrations, from 19 September to 29 September.