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|Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar|
|Birth name||Sanjeev Abhyankar|
October 15, 1969 |
|Genres||Khayal, Bhajans, Thumris, Natya Sangeet.|
|Occupations||Indian Classical singer|
|Years active||1980–1983, 1989–present|
He started learning Hindustani Classical Music, at the age of eight, groomed by his mother, and her guru Pandit Pimpalkhare and later from Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj. Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce.
Sanjeev Abhyankar rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 13 in 1983. Since then, he has traveled extensively all over the country, performing in conferences and art circles around the world, spreading the fragrance of Indian Classical music to the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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 Doverlen 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.
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 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.
From the knowledge of his guru, Pandit Jasraj, and with his own talent and skill, Sanjeev has established himself as a major exponent in the world of Indian Classical Music. Sanjeev's style has a very meditative and soothing approach, complemented by his vocal range and depth.
Sanjeev's award winning playback singing in the film Godmother, as well as his impassioned renditions of Marathi Abhangs and Bhajans reflect his music's easy grace and versatility. By adding his own classical compositions (Bandishes), he has contributed to the already existing vast repertoire of Mewati rachanas.
As a contemporary musician, Sanjeev, as well as many other contemporary, feel the inspiration to innovate in music. "Jasrangi" is a specialty of Sanjeev which he has performed with Durga Jasraj, Kala Ramnath and Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande .
Abyankar and his mother Dr. Shobha Abhyankar together have trained a young maestro of Hindustani Classical Music, Sandeep Ranade.
Well known songs
- Tum Gaye (with Lata Mangeshkar), Maachis 
- Yeh Hai Shaan Banaras Ki, Banaras (2005)
- Lai Ja Re Badra, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000)
- Sada Sumiran Karle, Dashavatar (2008)
- Suno Re Suno Re Bhayina Ke, Godmother (1998)
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