“Her deft handling of sitar gives evidence of her celebrated tutelage. Anupama Bhagwat began with the evergreen Raga Behag and took the audience on a pleasurable path of music and melody in Pracheen Kala Kendra today.” –Tribune News Service, Chandigarh
Anupama, a refreshingly versatile sitarist, has performed to critical acclaim in India, USA/Canada, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Brazil. One of the leading disciples of the world-renowned Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, her sensitivity and erudition has taken her to the highest echelons of the modern genre, while remaining true to tradition.
Born into a family of musicians, Anupama began her training in sitar at the age of nine with Shri R. N. Verma in Bhilai . At thirteen, she began studying with Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of the famous Imdadkhani Gharana which is justly renowned for its fluency and grace. Under her Guruji’s inspiring guidance, Anupama has acquired the finesse and technical nuances of the Gayaki style, while bringing out its lyrical beauty with the emotive cadences of the sitar.
Anupama has been conferred the title Surmani, by Sur Sringar Sansad, Bombay (1995). Early on, she had won First Position in the All India Radio (AIR) Music Competition (1994), as well as a HRD Scholarship from the Government of India (1993-1996). She is a graded AIR artiste.
Anupama has obtained her Masters in music from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, India. She has appeared on Doordarshan National Television (India), WKCR (New York City), WDPR (Dayton Public Radio), WEFT (Champaign, IL), Mood Indigo (California Arts TV).
Anupama has collaborated with noted musicians from the Carnatic genre, through Jugalbandis (veena, flute, and violin). On the world music front, Anupama has performed in Global Rhythms, Lotus Festival, and Cincinnati Choir etc.