Pt. Rajeev Janardan is an exponent of Hindustani Classical Music and recognised as one of the greatest Sitar & Surbahar players of his generation.
Initiated into the hallowed realms of Hindustani Classical Music at the tender age of eight, he blossomed into a true artist under the valuable guidance of his gurus, Pandit Bimlendu Mukherjee and Pandit Arvind Parikh, both are doyens of the famous Imdad Khani Gharana (Musical tradition) of Sitar. Brought up in an atmosphere of music and the love of melody and rhythm, he is one of those gifted artists to whom the divine tunes descend from a very young age. He spent a number of years learning the sitar under his guru’s able tutelage. He is also pursued his Master Degree in Arts (Psychology) and come out in flying colours.
Today, Rajeev is a proud torch bearer of the Imdadkhani Etawah Gharana and following the legacy of the greats of Indian classical music. A charismatic leading sitar artiste of the present generation, his renditions represents the pure essence of a highly revered musical heritage. These were results of his devotion to and his unflinching faith in his guru. His depth of musical knowledge and skill has brought forth his own compositions. He is known for his musical renderings where he blends the traditional tunes with his innovative compositions.
Being a powerhouse performer, Rajeev’s electrifying performance always captivates the audience in India and abroad. He has upheld the aesthetic principles of traditional music and mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. His melody and rhythm is inspirational.
Rajeev’s music is an innovative blending of the intricate “Gayaki Ang” (vocal style) & “Tantra Ang” (instrumental style). The uncanny accuracy of his “Meends”, his delightful “Surlagao”, the crystal clear superfast Taankari in the compositions, the “Dirdir” and the “Chikari” variations in the Jhala sections, leave the audience spell bound. His experiments with fusion and world music has broadening his horizon of classical music.
He has earned enviable acclaim by his recitals and received numerous honours and appreciations within the country & abroad. He is not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer. His renditions are mystical, soothing and calming and uniting forces of compositions. His performances all over the world have earned him the undying admiration of an entire generation.
He is considered to be one of the few musicians to have made extensive efforts to expose the world to Indian classical music. For the coming generations, his training has contributed immensely towards enhancing the cultural wealth of this country.
Accustomed to performing for international audiences and legends of classical music, Rajeev has performed in keystone international music festivals and famous venues collaborating with artists around the globe. Through his career he has achieved a number of prestigious awards.