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A maturity which impresses

Sanjeev Abhyankar, the talented vocalist believes that a divine power inspires him to sing the way he does. APARNA JAYARAMAN, who met the artiste, found him a motivation for the youngsters.

HINDUSTANI VOCALIST Sanjeev Abhyankar, after presenting a vocal recital in connection with Virasat 2002 under the aegis of Spic Macay, was buttonholed for a leisurely talk by a group of admirers. "No raga is easier than any other when the singer is in the right mood and the listener sensitive enough. No raga is difficult when a singer is conversant with its scientific aspects, and the method in which it should be delineated for the benefit of the audience", said the young artiste, to a group of students who heard him in rapt attention. Though he has no favourites among the many ragas, he has a penchant for emotive ones in which there is ample scope for self-expression. According to the talented vocalist, a raga is only a `framework' within which improvisations should be made biding by the nature of the `gharana' concerned. But in these days of electronic revolution mixing up of the various `gharanas' is unavoidable.

Hindustani music mostly consists of romance related to Lord Krishna, generally referred to as Bhakti Shringar. Sanjeev Abhyankar demonstrated two ways of introvert and extrovert methods of singing explaining that introvert means passionate melody, originating from the navel of the vocalist, with more of the bass in it. Extrovert, he elucidated, is meant to denote music at a high pitch from a supple throat.

Born in1969, Abhyankar was trained in Mewati Gharana, at an early age ,by his mother, Shobha Abhyankar. Later nurtured by Pandit Pimpalkhareji and Pandit Jasrajji he made his mark in the tinsel world by lending his voice for the movie `Godmother'. His greatest achievement is in giving mental relief to heart patients through his music. Though fond of playing cricket he opted for classical music because his father advised him to pursue one thing at a time.

To a query as to his hours of `riyaz' or practice, he replied, "The whole day". Earlier he used to practise in three sessions. But now classical music has become second nature to him. "Nowadays I do not need any warm up session before a concert. When I present a composition one might find the nuances quite effortless and spontaneous. But in fact, I take a lot of pains to give it a proper shape and this is achieved only through rigorous practice and guidance from a sagacious guru".

Now he feels that it is inspiration from a divine source, which makes him sing so beautifully. With a disarming smile he points out that he has been shown the `right path' by an invisible power. Between the two systems of vocal and instrumental music Abhyankar feels that, "In India it is the vocal that is widely appreciated. But abroad, it is the instrumental because of the popularity of `fusions'. But if they are more exposed to the `gayaki', the foreigners too would start liking vocal concerts."

"Have you ever wanted to emulate any vocalist?" "No" the young singer shook his head. He does not have a role model. "Once I aspired to acquire all the knowledge of my Guru but now I have come to know about my limitations, and, I move forward undeterred in my efforts, aiming all the time for something higher. I do not dream of becoming as great as somebody in this field, because only God can make me grow".

Abhyankar concluded his tete-a-tete with a message for the youth, not to have many irons in the fire. If the targets are fixed and limited in number, it is easier to reach them.

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