Vocal Concert by Shri Anand Bhate Gandharv
Artists:Vocal: Shri Anand Bhate Gandharv
Anand Bhate is one of the most promising artistes in the new generation of the great Kirana tradition. He started his musical journey in early childhood and continued to present different aspects, such as Hindustani Classical Music, Marathi natyasangeet and devotional compositions. Afterwards, for more than 15 years, he was a disciple of the great classical vocalist, Late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, doyen of the Kirana gharana.
He gave his first television performance at the age of 10, and became a young star almost overnight. Connoisseurs were spellbound by Anand's luminous rendering of Balgandharva's gayaki and affectionately conferred on him the 'title' Anand Gandharva. In the ensuing few years Anand had many successes. He gave natyasangeet performances on All India Radio as well on Mumbai Doordarshan and many public performances at various places in Maharashtra. He published his first Natyasangeet cassette in 1983. Meanwhile, again thanks to his father, Anand had also begun his systematic initial training in classical music with Pandit Yashwantrao Marathe, who initiated Anand into the intricacies of Khayal gayaki. He got many opportunities to perform, particularly at the residence of Hirabai Badodekar, another stalwart of the Kirana gharana. He invariably impressed his audience which, on occasion, included stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, among others. His fame reached the Marathi-speaking Diaspora in the US. He was invited to perform at the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal convention in Chicago in 1984 where he captivated the audience. This was a landmark event - it was as if "he came, he saw, he conquered". He has performed many times at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Music Festival at Pune including recent performance in 2012..