Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar

Biography

Sanjeev Abhyankar (born 1969) is a Hindustani classical music vocalist of the Mewati Gharana.

He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1999 for his song, Suno Re Bhaila, in the Hindi film, Godmother.

Early life:

Sanjeev Abhyankar was born on October 5, 1969 in Pune, India to Dr. Shobha Abhyankar.

He started learning Hindustani Classical Music, at the age of eight, groomed by his mother, and her guru Pandit Pimpalkhare and later from Pandit Jasraj. Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce.

Singing career:

Sanjeev Abhyankar rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 11 in 1981. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over the country and abroad.

He has several albums with HMV, Music Today, Sony Music, Times Music, Navaras Records U.K., Neelam Audio Video U.S.A., Sona Rupa U.K., BMG Cressendo, Ninaad Music, Fountain Music & Alurkar Music. He has also given playback for films such as Maachis, Nidaan, Sanshodhan, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar and Banaras.

Besides performing in art circles throughout India, he has performed in commercial conferences such as Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroh, Pune; Baba Harvallabh Samaroh, Jalandhar; ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan and Doverlane Conference, Calcutta; Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Jayanti Samaroh, Mumbai; International Melody Foundation's Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh and Gunidas Festival, New Delhi; Swami Haridas Sammelan, Vrindavan; Pandit Motiram Sangeet Samaroh, Hyderabad; Ustad Allauddin Khan Samaroh and Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh, Madhya Pradesh; Saptak Conference, Ahmedabad; Master Dinanath Sangeet Mahotsav, Goa; Hindustani Kalakar Mandali Conference, Bangalore; and the Kalidas Samaroh, Nagpur.

He has contributed to the already existing vast repertoire[peacock term] of Mewati compositions. He specializes in jugalbandi (duet singing) and has performed jugalbandis with Durga Jasraj, Kala Ramnath and Ashwini Bhide Deshpande.

Awards and recognition:

He has received many awards which include the President's award from All India Radio in 1990, the F. I. E. Foundation National Award 1996, the National Award in 1998 as the best male playback singer for the Hindi film Godmother, the title 'Sur Ratna', Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2002 and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar.

Official site:

http://www.sanjeevabhyankar.com

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