About Me

Anupama's journey began in Bhilai, with the ambient refrains of her grandmother's veena, her father's violin, and the sitar melodies of her uncle and aunt.  At the age of five, she started learning the violin and vocal in the Hindustani tradition.

Anupama Bhagwat

 

At nine, she began her sitar training with Shri R. N. Verma, who recognized her musical prowess. The fact that the legendary polymath and Renaissance man, Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee was resident in Bhilai, pre-destined her musical sojourn for great accomplishments.

Anupama Bhagwat with Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee

 

Indeed, four years later, she commenced her inspirational musical tutelage with Pandit Shri Bimalendu, a doyen of the famous ImdadkhaniGharana, which is justly renowned for its fluency and grace. Anupama obtained her Masters in music from Indira Kala SangeetVishwavidyalaya (Khairagarh), India and went on to win the first position in the All India Radio Music Competition (1994), as well as a HRD Scholarship from the Government of India (1993-1996).

She was conferred the title 'Surmani' by the Sur SringarParishad in 1995.

With enviable ease and versatility, Anupama traverses every programme with seemingly effortless skill, going with the flow of the concert and the mood of the audience, evidence of the rigorous taleem (training) she has undergone."Each of Guruji’s lessons had an individual character. He was adept at several instruments and it was not unusual to see him playing the rudraveena. Every lesson was different, based on his inclinations, onlookers’ requests etc. He had a keen appreciation of Carnatic music. VeenaBalachander was a frequent visitor and a good friend and, in fact, passed away at my Guruji’s residence. Listening to academic discussions at a young age became part of my psyche," she says.

Performances have taken her all over the world including France, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada, Bahamas, and Brazil. Besides being part of world music performances such as Global Rhythms and Shanti, she has presented many jugalbandis and ensemble events with Carnatic and Hindustani artists such as Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, Ranjani-Gayatri and SikkilGurucharan.

With enviable ease and versatility, Anupama traverses every programme with seemingly effortless skill, going with the flow of the concert and the mood of the audience, evidence of the rigorous taleem (training) she has undergone.She has also taught several workshops in a multitude of platforms, universities, and conservatories.