Rajeev Janardan

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Rajeev Janardan
Origin India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Sitar, surbahar, rudra veena
Website Official web site

Rajeev Janardan (born 1967), is a Hindustani classical sitar player of the Imdadkhani gharana (school),[1] taught by Bimalendu Mukherjee.[1][2][3] He lives in New Delhi.[1][3][4]

At the age of 15, Janardan won the All India Music Competition. He was the youngest musician ever winning the national classical music competition.[5] He has also won the Prayag Sangit Samiti All-India Music Competition and the Sur Singar Samsad competition in Mumbai, and at the age of 19, he became an A grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

Today, Rajeev is a proud torch bearer of the Imdadkhani Etawah Gharana and following the legacy of the greats of Indian classical music. A charismatic leading sitar artiste of the present generation, his renditions represents the pure essence of a highly revered musical heritage. These were results of his devotion to and his unflinching faith in his guru. His depth of musical knowledge and skill has brought forth his own compositions. He is known for his musical renderings where he blends the traditional tunes with his innovative compositions.

Following on from good reviews for a performance at the India International Centre in 1996,[2][6] he has performed extensively both within India and overseas, including Switzerland in 2008.[7] In his playing, he strives to blend gayaki ang (vocal style) and tantra ang (instrumental style). It is characterised by accurate meend, advanced surlagao, fast and clear taankari in gat and dirdir and chikari variations in jhala.

Janaradan also has a master's degree in psychology.


  1. ^ a b c Pradeep, K. (2 October 2003). "Odd Woman Out". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Wadhera, Prakash (14 June 1996). "Making music – good music – at IIC". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b Pradeep, K (13 October 2003). "Guitar and gayaki". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ Pradeep, K (30 October 2003). "Dance & music fiesta". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Rajeev Janardan (Imdadkhani Etawa Gharana)". Artists-India Gallery. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ Malhotra, Bandana (23 June 1996). "Rajeev's fine sitar recital". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  7. ^ Jenzer, Jakob (2008). "Colors of Sound – Music Bridge Swiss India" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-05-22. 

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