Sanjeev Ramabhadran is born and raised in the U.S. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Princeton University, an MBA graduate of Duke University, and currently a director with Daiichi Sankyo. However, music is and always has been his passion. He has trained in Indian classical music with Shri Ram Phatak, a well-known vocalist and composer in India, and has also received guidance from the eminent vocalist, Dr. Vidyadhar Vyas. In addition to giving solo performances in popular and classical Indian music, Sanjeev has accompanied visiting senior artists from India like Pt. V.G. Jog and the late Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki on tabla and violin respectively, in public concerts. His choices in popular music draw from a wide repertoire of songs by many artists ranging from the late K.L. Saigal to those of today, with the late Mohammed Rafi being a favorite. He also has the unique ability to sing while playing full orchestral support utilizing his keyboard.
Sanjeev’s recording experience includes a CD with the noted Indian playback singer Kavita Krishnamurty (for more on this CD, ‘Ram Nam Sukha Dham’, please contact us). He has also received accolades for his performances in Bombay to audiences that included prominent Indian composers, performers, and press reporters, as well as a highly successful appearance on the popular television show, Zee TV’s TVS Sa Re Ga Ma where he won first place.
Sanjeev has been recorded by noted film maker Woody Allen for his 1996 film “Everyone Says I Love You”, in which he rendered a Hindi version of a famous Hollywood melody.
For Sanjeev, training in Western music began with classical violin studies at age six. He served as Concertmaster of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra and also performed with several select chamber ensembles. He is also an accomplished vocalist and has participated in many choral festivals, including prestigious venues in Europe and the Carnegie Hall Centennial Celebration in New York. While at Princeton, he was a member of the prestigious acappella musical group, the Princeton Nassoons, which performs internationally.
Sanjeev’s training in Western and Indian music has provided him with the rare ability to interpret Indian music to Western audiences through lecture-demonstrations and radio broadcasts. He was a popular radio host for the Indian classical and popular music shows at Princeton University’s WPRB 103.3 FM. At age 14, he published “Hindi Film Hits in Western Notation” for Indian-American children trained in Western music. This book was cited in the Indian and Indo-US media and several hundred copies have been sold in the U.S. and in Canada.
Armeen is originally a native of Baroda, India. She received her initial training in vocal classical music from Mrs. Meenakshi Bapat, herself a disciple of renowned classical vocalist Dr. Prabha Atre. She later studied with Mrs. Lata Prabhune as well as Ms. Manisha Chaubey, a disciple of the inimitable Thumri exponent Smt. Girija Devi.
Armeen’s repertoire, spanning several North and South Indian languages, is an eclectic blend of semi-classical and popular selections by artistes ranging from the late Mallika-e-Tarannum Noorjehaan to those of today. She has regaled discerning film-music connoisseurs in major Indian cities including Poona and Ahmedabad with her expressive and precise presentation of rare melodies. In Baroda, Armeen was closely associated with Meghdoot Ranjan Kendra, a performance group specially dedicated to the revival and preservation of vintage film music from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Her renditions with this group have earned her accolades from leading musical figures including veteran music director Anil Biswas, veteran lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri, and playback singer Meena Kapoor. During the past several years, Armeen has successfully performed for many audiences in the U.S. She made her recording debut in the album “Sureele Sapne: Classic Duets of Yesteryear”.
Armeen has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from M.S. University in Baroda, where she majored in Commercial Art. She is a freelance designer and the Sureele Sapne web site is just one of many designed, developed, and maintained by Armeen.