Sanjay Deshpande - sitar player
Disciple of Late Pt. Vishnupant Dharmadhikari; a Esraj (Dilruba) Exponent of Gwalior tradition. Sanjay Deshpande is one of the leading Sitar player of the younger generation. He is performing Hindustani classical music and composing light music since 1979. Sanjay Deshpande is the pioneer exponent of "Khayal Ang" on Sitar. He has made major changes in Sitar instrument as well, thus facilitating for playing not only Hindustani, but any music on Sitar. This Sitar in being popularly named as "Sanjaykhani Sitar" by the Sitar makers.
In the year 1995, Sanjay was felicitated with "Late Trimbak Daji Joshi Award" by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Mumbai, for securing first rank in Sangeet Visharad, with Sitar as subject. Sanjay also accompanies famous music group the Melody Makers from Pune, as a Sitar and Keyboard player for selected prestigious shows. He also accompanied famous Indian playback singer late Kishor Kumar for his stage shows in India and abroad. His first audio cassette of his Sitar recital "The Singing Sitar" was released in 1993, through Super Star Audio Cassette Company, which won great applause and was appreciated by noted music critics and national news papers. He presented weekly Sitar concerts and lec-dems for selected European audiences at Belgaum, through Image Holidays, England, and prestigious concerts for Kerkar Art Complex, Goa.
Sanjay is also a composer. He has been composing Gazals, Devotional songs, light classical songs, radio and TV commercials since 1984. Till date, there are more than 40 commercial cassettes recorded, composed, arranged and played by him, which include instrumental music devotional, folk and classical compositions. Presently, Presently, Sanjay is in to the fusion of Rock and Indian classical. He comes with a unique concept of Rock-n-Raga. Very recently, a noted music company from Pune, Alurkar Music House has released Four albums of Sanjay's Sitar of Evergreen Film Songs on Sitar- 'Melodies & Memories'.
Sanjay Deshpande conducts special lecture cum demonstrations on the subject "Vocal music and Sitar". Presently he is working as a guest lecturer for the post graduate music departments of Karnataka University. He has also been performing examinership for various exams conducted nation-wide, by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay Mandal, Mumbai. Sanjay is also an accredited artiste of All India Radio. We can regularly listen to his radio concerts from AIR Dharwad. Alongwith, Sanjay has also given concerts of TV channels like Panaji Doordarshan, Udaya TV and Chandana Channel (Bangalore Doordarshan) as well. His performance has been widely acclaimed by the famous artistes and Critics as well. Off late, Sanjay is also into fusion music comprising Indian Classical and Rock music. He presents this concept under the title Rock-n-Raga. One more speciality of this programme is that all the music on the stage except live Sitar and Tabla is virtual. So far, Sanjay has given many successful Sitar concerts in major cities of the country through festivals Music circles in many places in India.