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Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar

Shehnai artist

Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar
   Biography
WINNERS of the SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA AWARD for 2009

Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar Born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which Shehnai & flute are played for the last 450 years and over, Sanjeev & Ashwani manifested their strong affinity towards music at the age of seven and five. Their father Pt. Daya Shankar, himself an internationally acclaimed Shehnai player boosted his sons’ blooming talent to flourish with his personal inspiration and guidance. 

Sanjeev & Ashwani also had the privilege to learn Shehnai from their grandfather, the legendary Shehnai player Pt. Anant Lal 

After formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in Raga, Taal and Laya, both were awarded scholarship by the Govt. of India, Department of Culture, for their outstanding talent in the field of music. At present Sanjeev & Ashwani have been consolidating their knowledge under the able guidance of the legendary sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. 

Ashwani is a Graduate in Political Science, and Sanjeev who is a Post graduate in Hindustani Classical Vocal music is presently doing research work for his M.Phil degree.

Sanjeev has had the privilege to tour the U.S.A with Pandit Ravi Shankar for the Festival of India from 2005. In the year 2003, Sanjeev gave part of the background score and also played Shehnai in the film 'Letters from Rishikesh' which was produced for the National Television of Israel. Sanjeev has recently arranged music in an album of Jain Devotional songs which was released by the honorable Swami Vidyanandji  in the month of April 2006. 

The  Shankar brothers have to their credit a wide spectrum of performances and have mesmerized the audiences at various music festivals like Sri Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, Magh Mahotsav, Sangeet Natak Akademi Music Festival , and also in places like Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore, Allahabad, Lucknow, Poona, Gangtok, Mumbai, Chennai, Ayodhya in India , and have represented India on many international platforms in places like France, Spain, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Slovakia, Japan, Bangladesh, USA and many more to name.

In all their performances the brother duo touched the hearts of the listeners worldwide and were critically acclaimed and praised by both, the exponents and the critics of the music world.

In 2010, the two brothers joined French musician Titi Robin on his new project 'RIVER BANKS'.

Youtube Links:

Sanjeev Shankar plays in Pandit Ravi Shankar's asterclass in Salle Pleyel, Paris, 02.09.2008 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRRJ0WGnOW8

Sanjeev Shankar plays shehnai in Anoushka Shankar's 'The Gypsy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1A0XTWYBM4

Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar play in Titi Robin's project 'Les Rives' : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ_x95YQqdg

Puriya Kalyan : An Introduction to the sound of Shehnai by Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EoZDzgzSik

Madhuvanti  : Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar in a concert, playing raga Madhuvanti at Dilli Haat, New Delhi, accompanied on Tabla by Anand Shankar and Uday Mazumdar.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMX1A9MJm4A

Bhairavi : Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar play a Dhun from Banaras in Raag Bhairavi. Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQapUPtkmys

Shuddh Sarang : Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar play raga Shuddh Sarang, accompanied on Dukkad
by Anand Shankar and on tabla by Mithlesh Kumar.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1w7wMG8v1g

Multani : Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar play raga Multani at Banaras Hindu University. 
Tabla by Anand Shankar.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8L0dz2NFug

Jam with Kenji Ota : Sanjeev Shankar plays fusion music with musician friend Kenji Ota.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1svReCaraKY


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   Career
Sanjeev has had the privilege to tour the U.S.A with Pandit Ravi Shankar for the Festival of India from 2005. In the year 2003, Sanjeev gave part of the background score and also played Shehnai in the film 'Letters from Rishikesh' which was produced for the National Television of Israel. Sanjeev has recently arranged music in an album of Jain Devotional songs which was released by the honorable Swami Vidyanandji  in the month of April 2006. 

The  Shankar brothers have to their credit a wide spectrum of performances and have mesmerized the audiences at various music festivals like Sri Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, Magh Mahotsav, Sangeet Natak Akademi Music Festival , and also in places like Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore, Allahabad, Lucknow, Poona, Gangtok, Mumbai, Chennai, Ayodhya in India , and have represented India on many international platforms in places like France, Spain, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Slovakia, Japan, Bangladesh, USA and many more to name.

In all their performances the brother duo touched the hearts of the listeners worldwide and were critically acclaimed and praised by both, the exponents and the critics of the music world.

In 2010, the two brothers joined French musician Titi Robin on his new project 'RIVER BANKS'.
 
CONCERTS

Music in the park- SPIC MACAY : Delhi - Nehru Park - Nov. 2010 

Tour in Norway : Stavanger - Haugesund - Oct. 2010

Festival Evora Classica : Evora - Portugal - July 2010

Festival 'Les Orientales' : Saint Florent le Vieil - France - July 2010 

Centre Mandapa : Paris - France - June 2010
Concert for Spandan Communications : Delhi - Indian Habitat Centre - May 2009
Anukul Banerjee Centenary Celebration: Allahabad - March 2009 
Abhinav Kala Samaj : Indore - Feb. 2009 
Celebrations of Republic Day : Delhi - Jan. 2009 
Shani Temple : Indore - Feb. 2009 
Arpan Musical Society : Delhi - Aug. 2008
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Centre : with father Pt. Daya Shankar - Voldrop - Holland - July 2008
Live at Epicentre : Gurgaon - June 2008
Concert for HMV under the aegis of Bodhi Tree : Delhi - Hotel Ashok Lawns  - Feb. 2008
Times Music Festival : Calcutta - Jan. 2008
Akansha Society for Music and Performing Arts : Delhi - Dilli Haat  - Jan. 2008
Sanjeev toured U.S.A. and Europe : with Pt. Ravi Shankarfor the Festival of India II - and with the Anoushka Shankar Project : 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2009 
Homage to late Ustad Bismillah Khan : Delhi - Indian Habitat Centre - Nov. 2007
Banaras Hindu University : Varanasi - Oct. 2007
Tour in Rajasthan organized by SpicMacay : Rajasthan - Sep.-Oct. 2007

Tour in Punjab organized by SpicMacay : Punjab - Sep. 2007
Mehrangarh Museum Trust & Swar Sudha Society for Music : Jodhpur - Aug. 2007
Tour in Switzerland  : Bern - Frauenfeld - Thun - Basel - Luzern - Winterthur - Lausanne - May-June 2007
Pandit Ravi Shankar Music Festival : dedicated to the 64th Birth anniversary of George Harrison - Delhi - Pt. Ravi Shankar Centre - Feb. 2007
Abhinav Kala Samaj : Indore - Feb. 2007
Concert with Grammy Award winner band Ozomati : Delhi - American Embassy - Feb. 2007
Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan : Jalandhar - Punjab - Dec. 2006
All Bengal Music Conference : Calcutta - Nov. 2006
Bhatkhande University : Lucknow - Oct. 2006
Tribute Concert in the memory of Ustad Bismillah Khan : Jaipur - Sep. 2006
Pandit Vishnu Digamber Jayanti : Delhi - Aug. 2006
Tour in Bangladesh : with grandfather Pt. Anant Lal -  Oct. 2005 
Ashwani toured Japan : during Aichi World Expo - Nagoya - Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka - Niigata - Shin Fuji -Aug.-Sep. 2005
Sangeet Natak Academy Music Festival : Allahabad  - Sep. 2004
HCL Series : Delhi - Indian Indian Habitat Centre - Sep. 2004
Sanjeev toured Europe : Dublin - Glasgow - London - Barcelona - June 2004
Magh Mahotsav : Allahabad - March 2004
Sangeet Natak Akademi (Swaru Pratibha Samaroh) : Allahabad -March 2004
Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan :Jalandhar - Punjab -Dec. 2002
Concert in Karkala :Karnataka -Aug. 1999
Bal Gandhrav Sangeet Samaroh : Bangalore - July 1999
Wind Instruments Festival : with father Pt. Daya Shankar : Paris - Théâtre de la Ville  - Oct. 1998
Tour in Hungary and Slovakia : with father Pt. Daya Shankar - Sept.-Oct. 1994

   Programs

Sanjeev & Ashwani Shankar presents Shehnai recital.

The Shankar brothers have to their credit a wide spectrum of performances and have mesmerized the audiences at various music festivals like Sri Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, Magh Mahotsav, Sangeet Natak Akademi Music Festival , and also in places like Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore, Allahabad, Lucknow, Poona, Gangtok, Mumbai, Chennai, Ayodhya in India , and have represented India on many international platforms in places like France, Spain, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Slovakia, Japan, Bangladesh, USA and many more to name.
   Awards & Achievements
After formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in Raga, Taal and Laya, both were awarded scholarship by the Govt. of India, Department of Culture, for their outstanding talent in the field of music.

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