Sanjeev Abhyankar

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Sanjeev Abhyankar
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Background information
Birth name Sanjeev Abhyankar
Born (1969-10-05) October 5, 1969 (age 47)
Pune, India
Genres Khayal, Bhajans
Occupation(s) Indian Classical and Devotional Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 1980–1983, 1989–present

Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar (born 1969) is a Hindustani classical music vocalist of the Mewati Gharana.[1]

He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1999 for his song, Suno Re Bhaila, in the Hindi film, Godmother [2] and also the Kumar Gandharva National Award 2008 from the Govt of Madhya Pradesh for sustained excellence in the field of Classical Arts.

Early life[edit]

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.[3] Though his aim had been to pursue a career in music since childhood, he has acquired a bachelor's degree in Commerce[where?].

Singing career[edit]

Sanjeev Abhyankar rendered his first stage performance in Mumbai, at the age of 11 in 1981.[4] 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 all the 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 to name a few.

He has a distinction of performing in over 200 different cities all over the Globe.

He is a wonderful classical composer and has set tune to a large number of bandishes and devotional songs. Many of his compositions are free downloadable on his website He also specializes in jugalbandi (duet singing) and has performed jugalbandis with Shankar Mahadevan, Kala Ramnath, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Shashank Subramanian, Rakesh Chaurasia to name a few.

Awards and recognition[edit]

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, Kumar Gandharva National Award 2008 from the Govt of Madhya Pradesh, the title 'Sur Ratna', Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2002 and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar.

Film discography[edit]

  • Tum Gaye (with Lata Mangeshkar), Maachis [1996]
  • 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)
  • Rukhe Naina, Maqbool (2003)
  • Tu Astis Tar, Coffee Ani Barach Kahi (2015)


  1. ^ Sanjeev Abhyankar
  2. ^ Awards
  3. ^ Sanjeev Abhyankar Profile
  4. ^ A flight of his own The Hindu, December 8, 2006.

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