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 About the Artiste

Sanjay Deshpande,Belgaum

Disciple of Late Pt. Vishnupant Dharmadhikari; a Esraj (Dilruba) Exponent of Gwalior tradition; Sanjay Deshpande started playing the sitar from the age of 11.

He performs Hindustani classical music and also composes light music since 1979. Sanjay is the pioneer exponent of "Khayal Ang" on Sitar. He has made major changes in Sitar instrument as well, thus facilitating for playing not only Hindustani, but any music on Sitar. This Sitar is being popularly named as "Sanjaykhani Sitar" by the Sitar makers!

In the year 1995, Sanjay was felicitated with "Late Trimbak Daji Joshi Award" by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Mumbai, for securing first rank in Sangeet Visharad, with Sitar as subject. Sanjay also accompanies famous music group the Melody Makers from Pune, as a Sitar and Keyboard player for selected prestigious shows. He also accompanied famous Indian playback singer late Kishor Kumar for his stage shows in India and abroad. His first audio cassette of his Sitar recital "The Singing Sitar" was released in 1993, through Super Star Audio Cassette Company, which won great applause and was appreciated by noted music critics and national news papers. He presented weekly Sitar concerts and lec-dems for selected European audiences at Belgaum, through Image Holidays, England, and prestigious concerts for Kerkar Art Complex, Goa.

Today, Sanjay plays not just classical music but rock and pop on his sitar!

Sanjay feels that for an artiste of his generation, it is going to be very difficult, if one adheres only to classical music as it is enjoyed by a limited audience.

Sanjay thus intends to go global. He has chosen the widely accepted music form - Rock. And he has fused his Indian Sitar with the rock music to form Rock-n-Raga.

email: sv_deshpande@dataone.in