Vocal Concert by Shri Sandipan Samajpati
Artists:Vocal: Shri Sandipan Samajpati
Tabla: Suryaksha Deshpande
Harmonium: Ramchandra Joshi
Sandipan, presently an 'A Grade' vocalist of Doordarshan (Indian National Television) and A.I.R. (All India Radio), has received extensive taleem for about two decades from Pandit Manas Chakraborty, a name to reckon with in the contemporary Musical World of India and the worthy son of the legendary vocalist, the late Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakraborty, an Institution by himself in the Musical Firmament of India. Sandipan's years of unrelenting practice, coupled with a rare cerebrality in his musical approach, his innate crave for perfection and, above all, his mellifluous and tuneful voice have all combined together to give his music a rare dimension that instantly captures the hearts of the listeners. Since his debut performance at the age of sixteen, Sandipan has, over the years, been performing in a number of prestigious and reputed music conferences throughout India and abroad. Besides, Sandipan has been featured on a number of leading T.V. channels of India.
Sandipan's presentation of Khayal and Thumri chiefly characterises the Kirana Gharana known for its all- pervasive tunefulness, a serene reposeful movement of feeling and a caressive approach. Also found in his music the glimpses of the finer nuances of a number of other principal gharanas which goes to enrich his music manifold and which also speaks of a very receptive mindset in him in imbibing anything of quality. This is precisely what has prompted him to receive valuable guidance from the much revered Pandit Ram Ashraye Jha of the Gwalior Gharana, also the former Head of the Department of Hindustani Classical Music of the Allahabad University. Awards & Scholarships Awarded Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskar 2005 , instituted by the Sangit Kala Kendra, Mumbai, in recognition of his musical prowess. Awarded Surrendra Paul award for his contribution to classical vocal music in the decade 1990-99. Awarded Pt. Ramakrishna Bua Smriti Puraskar instituted by Gandharva MahaVidyalaya , Pune in 2000-01. Awarded Jadubhatta Puraskar by The Salt Lake City Music Conference, Kolkata in 2003.
Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage. His father Shri. Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist. disciple of Pt. Babanrao Haldankar (veteran of Agra Gharana). He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training. 1977 born Science Graduate, Suryaksha is a disciple of renowed scholar and performer Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan Sahab). He has also received training of "Delhi Baaz" from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar - a great Musicologist - disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has achieved excellence in competitions held by reputed organizations through out the country & was also felicitated with the prestigious Pt. V.D.Paluskar Award.