Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sanghi Sammelan - 2010 : An annual musical treat of Malwa

Namaskar! Abhinav Kala Samaj, Indore and INTACH Indore Chapter is organizing a two-day Shri Sohanlal Sanghi Memorial Music Festival on 02-03 December 2010 at Ravindra Natya Grah, R.N.T. Marg, Indore. The programme shall commence at 8 PM and all music connoisseurs are cordially invited. On Thursday 02 December 2010, Shri Salil Bhatt (Mohan Veena) and Vidushi Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (Vocal) will perform and on Friday 03 December 2010, Shri Sanjeev Abhyankar (Vocal) and Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar) will be performing. The accompanists are Shri Ulhas Rajhans (Tabla), Shri Himanshu Mahant (Tabla), Shri Rohit Mujumdar (Tabla), Shri Farooque Latif Khan (Sarangi), and Shri Tanmay Devachake (Harmonium). A brief profile of the artists are below:

Creator of the Satvik Veena and heir to a 500-year musical legacy, Salil Bhatt represents the dynamic face of the new age, Indian musician. Being hailed as the 'Global Indian Musician', Salil has done it all. From Solo Concerts and International Collaboration to Exotic Jugalbandis and Global Fusions, Salil has not only managed to marvel audiences in India, bit also has a big fan base in Canada, Germany, Australia, America, Taiwan, England, Switzerland, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Singapore, Spain, Austria, and Italy. That too, in just a span of his trailblazing 25-year career! Having received a Pre-Grammy Award nomination which speaks volumns of his highly successful international collaborations, Salil is the harbinger of rare honors for India as he is the first ever musician to perform inside the Parliament of Germany. He is also the first ever Indian musician to perform in Iceland and the first Indian musician to be invited by the Taiwanese Government for artist residency. Salil V. Bhatt represents the tenth generation of the famous Bhatt lineage, where music has been flowing for more than five hundered years. Shri Salil Bhatt is the son and disciple of the legendary Mohan Veena exponent and India's GRAMMY AWARD winner Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition, represents the new generation of veterans worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters.
Born in a musical family, Ashwiniji completed “Sangeet Visharad” of the “Gandharva Mahavidyalaya” at the young age of 16 and won the President’s Gold Medal at the All India Radio Music Competition in 1977. After grasping the rudiments of Hindustani Classical music under the late Pt. Narayanrao Datar, she began imbibing all the traditional aspects of stylized Jaipur Gayaki under the strict tutelage of her mother, mentor and Guru, Smt. Manik Bhide.

Thoroughly grounded in the Jaipur Atrauli Khayal Gayaki tradition, Ashwini has developed into an artiste of immense public acclaim earning high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Ashwini’s musicianship is characterized by a blend of tonal sweetness coupled with vitality and emotion and raga structure-architecture. Her raga delineation shows an unerring grasp over the grammar of the raga yet maintaining a soulfulness in her singing. Through this she has succeeded in building up her own loyal audience. She yearns to explore the pathos of rare and complex (“achchop”) ragas characteristic of her Gharana. In this effort she has received invaluable guidance from her Guru the late Pt. Ratnakar Pai, a senior stalwart of the Gharana. This, and of course, her mother’s unstinted support, added to her own mature introspection lead Ashwini to new horizons of the ever-expanding terrain of Hindustani Classical Music.

Ashwiniji's debut recording album was released in 1985 by HMV and several more have followed thereafter under various banners including Rhythm House, Times Music, Sony Music, Music Today, Navras Records and Universal Music among others.

In October 2004 Ashwiniji published a book "Ragarachananjali" of her self-composed bandishes. The book has received rave reviews all over the music world and the effort has been lauded for its musical creativity and artistic presentation. Continuing her creative effort she has followed up with "Ragarachananjali 2", her second book of bandishes in October 2010.

Ashwiniji has traveled extensively all over the globe participating in various prestigious music conferences and Sangeet Sammelans. Her live concerts have been acclaimed for the sheer presentation delight, as much as for the aesthetic and musical quality. A 'top grade' artiste of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Ashwini has featured in several national programmes and AIR Sangeet Sammelans.

As a teacher of competence, Ashwiniji devotes quality time to her promising disciples assuring continuity of the rich tradition of the Jaipur Gayaki. Ashwini has regularly participated in lecture-demonstrations on Hindustani Classical Music in various schools, colleges and sangeet sabhas and contributes to the enlightenment of the unexposed audiences in India and abroad.

Ashwiniji's contribution to Hindustani classical vocal music has been acknowledged by way of awards and citations. She is recipient of the Sahyadri Doordarshan “Sangeet Ratna” Puraskar for 2010. She was honoured with the "Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar" on the occasion of the 75th birthday celebrations of the Maestro. She was awarded the "Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Samman" by the Government of Madhya Pradesh - the first female Hindustani vocalist to have been decorated with this prestigious national award.

Ashwiniji, who is currently stationed in Mumbai, finally chose music as her first love forsaking a career in Biochemistry but not before completing her doctorate at the esteemed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre/ University of Mumbai.


Shri Sanjeev Abhyankar, the maestro from the Mewati Gharana, is an artist of international acclaim in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. An extremely popular artist, he is the inspiration for the young generation. With his magical singing, he has attracted the young generation towards the Indian Classical music. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has assumed the mantle of a role model of dedication, hard work, patience and perseverance.
Blessed with an exceptionally sweet voice, his vocation in life was clear right from the age of 3. Born in 1969, Sanjeev started learning Hindustani Classical Music, from the tender age of eight. He has been groomed by his mother Smt. Shobha Abhyankar, Pandit Pimpalkhare ji and Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji. Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a bachelor's Degree in Commerce.

Sanjeevji rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai , at the age of 11. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over the country, performing in all the prestigious conferences and art circles, several times. He has spread the fragrance of Indian Classical music in U.S.A. , Canada , Australia , Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

He has received many awards which include the President's award from the All India Radio in 1990, the prestigious F. I. E. Foundation National Award 1996, The coveted National Award 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, to name a few.

He has several cassettes and compact discs by reputed music companies like HMV, Music Today, Sony Music, Times Music, Navaras Records U.K., Neelam Audio Videos U.S.A., Sona Rupa U.K., BMG Cressendo, Ninaad Music, Fountain Music & Alurkar Music , which have been highly acclaimed all over the world .
He has also given playback for films such as ' Maachis', 'Nidaan', 'Sanshodhan' , 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar' and 'Banaras'.

Sanjeevji's award winning performance in 'Godmother' as also his impassioned rendition of Marathi Abhangs and Hindi Bhajans reflect his easy grace and versatility.

By adding his own classical compositions, he has contributed to the already existing vast repertoire of Mewati Gharana compositions (Bandishes).

Besides performing in all the prestigious art circles throughout the country, he has performed in well known conferences such as Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroh - Pune, Baba Harvallabh Samaroh - Jalandhar, ITC Sammelan and Doverlen Conference - Calcutta, Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Jayanti Samaroh, International Melody Foundation's Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh and Gunidas Festival - New Delhi, Swami Haridas Sammelan - Vrindavan, Pandit Motiram Sangeet Samaroh - Hyderabad, Lucknow Mahotsav, Ganga Mahotsav and Budhva Mahotsav, the Maha Kumbh Mela - Uttar Pradesh, Ustad Allauddin Khan Samaroh and Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh - Madhya Pradesh, Saptak Conference - Ahmedabad, Master Dinanath Sangeet Mahotsav - Goa, The Indian Fine Arts - Madras, Hindustani Kalakar Mandali Conference - Bangalore, Kalidas Samaroh - Nagpur , the prestigious Radio Sangeet Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts for National Integration, and the Concerts organised by Sangeet Natak Academy and ICCR.


Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee is a Hindustani classical sitar and surbahar player of the Imdadkhani Gharana. He was taught by his father Late Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee from the age of 5, and started making a name for himself at a young age. In 1970, he won two national-level music competitions, and soon after was famously endorsed in glowing terms first by film maker Satyajit Ray and then South Indian veena great Balchander, who proclaimed him "sitar artist of the century". In 1975, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee became a grade A artist with All India Radio (he was promoted to top grade in 1986). Since then, he has become an established sitarist, known for virtuosity, speed and precision. Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee has toured the world extensively, giving concerts in over 25 countries, and from 1983 and 1995, respectively, taught from time to time at the Istituto Interculturale di Studi Musicali Comparati in Venice and the Rotterdam Conservatory. He has also recorded widely, and at the age of 47, his discography spanned exactly 47 CDs, LPs and cassettes. Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee also holds a degree in metallurigical engineering.

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