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Sanjeeb Sircar,New Delhi

Born into a musical family in 1957, Sanjeeb Sircar was taught singing by his mother and encouraged in music and to play musical instruments by his father.

He took an active part during his school years at Allahabad, at school music concerts, and picked up the mouth organ, banjo, tabla, violin and drums and played with the school band.

During middle school he took lessons on the piano but could not continue due to the passing away of his teacher. In the following years he started to learn the guitar and towards the later years of his school he played guitar and joined a group of carol-singers, played guitar with them and formed a music group, playing semi-professionally.

Being in the cultural city of Allahabad he developed a curiosity and desire to know more about the Sitar and started taking lessons in the same.

Upon finishing school, he studied electrical engineering for a while but a more serious interest in music led him on the advice of elders in the family-friends circle to join the Music Faculty of the Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, for a full-time study of the Sitar.

His main teachers there were Dr.Raj Bhan Singh, at whose residence he initially stayed, and Dr.K.C.Gangrade, Dean of the Music Faculty. He completed a diploma course there.

Being in Benares also gave him a wider exposure to the gamut of North India Classical Music and Dance, with the numerous concerts being held there, with renowned artists like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and his present teacher Ustad Shujaat Khan, and others coming to perform there. It also made it possible for him to interact with many fine foreign musicians who had come to study Indian Music and culture in the city of Benares.

On relocating to New Delhi in the early-eighties he worked as music teacher at a few well-known institutions and also performed professionally and had a chance to see a wide variety of programmes in the metropolis of New Delhi.

In 1986 he got the opportunity to travel to England where he performed and then went to the U.S.A. where he performed and taught the Sitar at a number of places for about an year and gained more experience and knowledge of Western Music.

On returning to New Delhi he took up a job as Music teacher at Blue Bells International School and completed further studies in Sitar with Dr.Moni Das, a senior student of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and took the degree of Sangit Praveen (Post-Graduation) from the Prayag Sangit Samiti.

Wanting to further improve his standard of playing the Sitar, he started taking lessons from Ustad Shujaat Khan, renowned Sitar virtuoso, and has been learning from him since the last eight years.

With the knowledge and experience gained over the years, Sanjeeb feels he has yet to use it to its full potential. He is based at New Delhi presently and works as a free-lance performing artist and a private teacher of music.

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