Art And Artistes have recently released the tenth webisode of their iconic YouTube series titled ‘Inner Voice’. This webisode features Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, one of the most learned exponents of the Mewati Gharana. He has greatly contributed to the already existing vast repertoire of the Mewati Gharana compositions.
Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, who was groomed by his mother Dr. Shobha Abhyankar, Pandit Pimpalkhare ji and Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj Ji has also undergone training with Pandit Pimplakhare for six years. From him, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar learned to elaborate the Khyal.
“The khyal is the front face of classical music”, says Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar as he explains its technicalities. Talking more about his guru, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar goes on to say “A teacher takes up the challenge and gets a student to a certain level. But a Guru inspires everyone including those in his vicinity”. He also mentioned how he would accompany his Guru everywhere and has given vocals for over 400 of his Guru Ji’s concerts. Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar firmly believes that a guru can only be a helping hand for his disciples, as“A student has to find his own path”.
Talking about creativity, Pandit Sanjeev’s face instantly lights up. “Creativity is very important for a musician. There has to be a fine balance between emotional appeal and creativity”, he says.
So what is the most important lesson he has learnt in all these years? Pandit Sanjeev immediately quips “I never compare my performances. I treat every performance like a new one”.