Core Group : Sanjeev Chimmalgi
Sanjeev Chimmalgi Audio Excerpts    Sri Sanjeev chimmalgi is one of the most prominent and promising Hindustani classical singers of his generation. He has been singing professionally since his early twenties and has performed all over the country as well as in the UK and the US. His concerts are noted for the fluidity and grace with which he presents a raga and the delicacy of his approach to bol and svar. His classical music is evidence of his dedication to the values of simplicity, lucidity and refinement and shows an ability to simultaneously imbibe various important aspects of the Gwalior and Kirana styles. He has also been an ardent explorer of more popular forms, like that of the bhajan, the film-song and contemporary fusion.

Sanjeev began training at the age of twelve under Ms. Krishna Lahiri and Sri Prabhakar Gune. He then received in-depth exposure to the Kirana style, under the guidance of Pandit Madhav Gudi, leading disciple of the Kirana Maestro Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. The longest and most rigorous phase of his training was under the tutelage of Pandit C R Vyas who taught him numerous traditional compositions and rare raga-s, and initiated him in the art of composition-oriented development that is so central to the Gwalior style. Sanjeev has also shown considerable interest in Carnatic music and is currently studying under vidvans Smt. T.R. Balamani and Sri Balachandran. He is also learning ‘Konnakol’ under mrindangam vidwan Sri T.S. Nandakumar.

Sanjeev Lives in Vashi where he teaches music in the Guru-shishya parampara. He is devoted to passing on the language of Raga and taal and the nuances of Hindustani music to talented aspirants: ‘I have made an attempt’, he says, ‘to keep alive the guru-shishya system in which I received my training. There are no formal degrees, musicianship is the only certificate I recognise, and the training I give is on a one-on-one basis and performance-oriented.’

Awards and Accolades :
2006 Zee Gaurav Nomination - Best male playback singing for the marathi film ‘Aai Shappath’.
2005-2006 Sangeetha Shiromani Award - A prestigious award given by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha to young musicians of repute.
1995-1998 National Scholarship - A two-year Government of India National Scholarship for Young Achievers in the field of Indian music. Received a year’s extension based on excellent progress.
1993 AIR Music competition - Winner of this All-India youth under-23 competition conducted by All India Radio and as a result became a graded artiste of AIR.

Notable Solo Concerts In India :
  • Kanha Megh Utsav – Bhagwat Dham, Parsik Hill, Navi Mumbai June 16, 2006
  • Navi Mumbai Swar Utsav – Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Vashi, Navi Mumbai July 8, 2006
  • Tansen Samaroha – Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. December 5, 2005
  • ‘Salute to heroes of 26/7’ Concert – Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Mumbai. August 6, 2005
  • Kaunsrang - Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai. February 24-26, 2005
  • Diwali Morning - Chavan Centre, Y.B.Chavan Auditorium, Sachivalaya, Mumbai. November 11, 2004
  • The 5-day Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh - Sankat Mochan Mandir, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. April 12, 2004
  • Navi Mumbai Swar Utsav - Pancham Nishad Creatives Ltd., Vishnudas Bhave auditorium, Vashi. July 11, 2003
  • Solo Concert - Rishi Valley School, Rishi Valley, Andhra Pradesh. February 7, 2003
  • Solo Concert - Gaanvardhan, Manohar Mangal Karyalaya, Pune. May 11, 2002
  • Aarohi - Pancham Nishad Creatives Ltd., Y.B.Chavan auditorium, Mumbai. May 25, 2002
  • Ustad Zakir Hussain’s Marathwada tour concert - Pancham Nishad Creatives Ltd., Nanded. February 9, 2001
  • Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan - Maharashtra Lalit Kala Nidhi, Kamani auditorium, New Delhi. February 3, 2001
  • Parampara Samaroh - SCZCC, Shilpagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. February 27, 2000
  • Bhatkhande Sangeet Samaroh - Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Mahim, Mumbai. February 22, 2000
  • Navras music festival - Navras Records Ltd., Vasantrao Deshpande auditorium, Nagpur. February10-12, 1999
  • Sargam - A classical feast - Nehru Centre, Hall of Harmony, Worli Mumbai. July 23, 1998
  • Classical programme - National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Godrej Theatre, Mumbai. November 5, 1997
  • Guru-Shishya Parampara - Pancham Nishad Creatives Ltd., Nehru Centre auditorium, Mumbai November 4-7, 1996 Where four eminent Gurus (Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Alla Rakha, Pandit C R Vyas & Pandit Jasraj) and the favourite disciple of each of the Gurus were featured to give individual performances.
  • Young Artistes Festival - Indian Music Group, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. December 16, 1995
  • Devnandan Ubhayakar Yuva Sangeetotsav – Sur Sagar, Alliance Francaise auditorium, Bangalore. August 20, 1995

Notable Theme Concerts :
  • ‘Gunijaan’ Bandish Darshan – Programme based on compositions of late Pandit C.R.Vyas. Scientific Centre Auditorium, Nagpur March 23, 2006
  • Rise – Promotional concerts of the Grammy nominated Album at Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai with Anoushka Shankar January 20-25, 2006
  • Nakshatranche Dene – Zee TV Marathi, Goa Sangeet Academy Auditorium, Goa Concert on great marathi poet V.B.Borkar December 18, 2005
  • Srijana Kasa Mana Mohi – Acharya Atre Auditorium, Kalyan Gayan Samaj, Kalyan Concert on great composers in the history of Indian Classical, Light and Film music December 11, 2005
  • Chintamani Chintan – Programme based on compositions in morning ragas of late Pandit C.R.Vyas. Sahyog Mandir, Thane. May 15, 2005
  • Raag-Anuraag – A unique programme of classical compositions and their applications in film music. Tejpal Auditorium, Mumbai. January 15, 2005
  • CR Vyas Vandana – A tribute to late Pandit C.R.Vyas the celebrated composer of classical bandishes. Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
  • Marmabandhatali Thev Hi – This was a programme which aimed at reliving the Maharashtrian tradition of Natyasangeet through performance of padas from different Sangeet Dramas ranging from 1910 to 1980. Dinanath Sabhagruha, Vileparle, Mumbai. January 13, 2005
  • Raagmala - Indian music ensemble for the programme “Celebrating India” on the occasion of India’s Republic day with Pandit Satish Vyas (santoor), Rupak Kulkarni (flute), Kala Ramnath (violin), Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar). Gateway of India, Mumbai. January 26, 2004
  • Spandan - Fusion music concert creating different moods of the day with Louis Banks (keyboard), Niladri Kumar (sitar), Rupak Kulkarni (flute), Taufiq Qureshi (drums), Vijay Ghate (tabla), Sridhar Parthasarthy (mridangam). Shanmukhananda auditorium, Mumbai. November 11, 2002
  • Krishna - Lead singer in this dance ballet depicting various mythological incidents in the life of the Indian god, Krishna. Y. B. Chavan auditorium, Mumbai. February 14, 2002
  • Bandish - Programme based on popular compositions in the post independence era. Jodhpur, February, 2001
  • Suvarna Rang - Programme based on celebrated composers of the post independence era. This was the concluding programme of Vasant Vyakhyan Mala, a significant cultural festival of Maharashtra. Nashik, May 25, 1999

Tour of the UK (September 14 – October 4 2006) :
  • Solo Concert – Navras Records Autumn Series at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London . September 16, 2006
  • Solo Concert – Jubiliee Auditorium, New Castle upon Tyne. September 17, 2006
  • Solo Concert – Gerard Cross, London. September 23, 2006
  • Solo Concert – St Helen’s. October 1, 2006

Concert in Spain :
  • Rise – Concert with Anoushka Shankar’s group at Bilbao Festival, Spain. April 7, 2006

Tour of the UK . (August 13-Septermber 14 2005) :
  • Solo Concert – The Nehru Centre, London. August 16, 2005
  • Solo Concert – The Hindu Temple, Leeds. August 26, 2005
  • 3 Solo Concerts – New Castle upon Tyne. September 10-11,2005
  • Solo Concert – Maharashtra Mandal, London. September 13, 2005

Tour of the U.S.A (July-October 2004) :

Indian Classical Music Workshops

  • Three-day workshop for practicing amateur musicians, Berkeley SF
  • Five-week workshop at the Millsaps College, Jackson MS

Master classes (Lecture Demonstrations)

  • Mississippi College (Dept of Music), Jackson MS
  • Millsaps College (Dept of Music), Jackson MS
  • St Andrew’s Episcopal School, Jackson MS
  • Power APAC School, Jackson MS
  • Music of India class, University of California, Berkeley SF

Notable Concerts

  • St John Presbetarian Church, Berkeley SF
  • Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley SF
  • Basant Bahar Fifth Annual Festival , Milpitas SF
  • Swanson Amphitheater, Holiday Inn Select, Atlanta GA
  • Datta Yoga Center Concert, Millsaps College Auditorium, Jackson MS
  • Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Vicksburg MS
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple Auditorium, Pittsburgh PA

Plays :

  • Ashwa Vishwa – An abstract concept of a male singing voice as a character in the play in the form of different moods of the lead female character in this play written by Makarand Deshpande and directed by Teddy Maurya. Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. February 4, 2003
  • Bilhan – Lead singer for this ballad written by Mangesh Padgaonkar and directed by the legendary P L Deshpande for his 80th birthday celebration “Pulotsav”. Bal Gandharva auditorium, Pune. November 10, 1999
  • Saare Jahan Se Achha – Composed and sang for this mega play by Amir Raza Husain. National Sports Complex Grounds, Worli, Mumbai. October, 1998

Films :

  • Aai Shappath (2006)- Sang classical and semi classical songs in this mainstream marathi film.
  • GuruDakshina (2004)- Composed and sang the title track for this telefilm by Sarthak Dasgupta for E-TV-marathi.
  • Not only Mrs. Raut (2003)- Sang playback for this Marathi language feature film directed by Gajendra Ahire and music composed by Kaushal Inamdar.

Albums :

  • Aai Shappath (2006) – Audio release of the film by Sagarika. Four of the eight songs have been sung by Sanjeev
  • Rise (2005) – Grammy nominated album featuring compositions of Anoushka Shankar. Sanjeev has given vocals to this album
  • Aroha-the rising stars (2004) - Solo classical vocal album released in India, Sony naad & Navras
  • Sanjeev Chimmalgi (vocal) (2004) – Two CDs of live concert recordings released in Mumbai by Musician’s guild
  • Quest (2003) – Solo classical vocal album world-release in London, Navras Records
  • Kaamana Purti (2002), Sony Music - Three cassette album of spiritual music sung by Sanjeev Chimmalgi and wife, Neha Majmudar Chimmalgi.
  • Tapasya (2002) - Three CD album featuring live concerts of Pt. Jasraj, Pt. C. R. Vyas & Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.Released by Sony naad. Sanjeev’s vocal accompaniment to his guru Pandit C. R. Vyas earned him a thunderous applause and appreciation from a 3000 strong audience at the Shanmukhananda auditorium.
  • Monsoon Magic (1997), Plus music - Album of monsoon melodies created by four accomplished musicians, Rupak Kulkarni (flute), Taufeeq Qureshi (keyboard/rhythm), Sridhar Parthasarathy (mridangam/kanjira) and Sanjeev Chimmalgi (vocal).
  • Karadi Tales (1996, 1997) - Children’s audio-story book. Songs sung by Sanjeev in two of their releases “The monkey king” released by Sky music in 1997 and “The musical donkey” released by Karadi Tales company in 1996.
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