Chandran, a budding vocalist of Hindustani Classical music electrified the Bay Area
audience in her first full length concert on July 10, 2016 at Ohlone College’s Jackson Theater.
Anjana (16) has been learning music from guru Sujata Ghanekar for 6 years, with additional guidance from musician and guru Arati Ankalikar Tikekar during two summers.
She was accompanied by Vivek Datar on harmonium and Ravi Gutala on tabla. Anjana started her concert with a melodious rendition of Raga Madhuvanti. This was followed by Raga Miyan Malhaar which transported the audience to the monsoon season in India. Her command of Ragas Puriya Dhanashree and Jhinjhoti were also much appreciated. In all these ragas, Anjana demonstrated remarkable control of aalap, layakari and complex taans. She also performed a Thumri in Raga Mishra Piloo and ended the concert with a soulful abhang in Raga Bhairavi.
Anjana’s guru Sujata Ghanekar praised her for her meticulous execution. The
Chief Guest Arati Ankalikar Tikekar described her as “talented, hardworking, focused and a
fast learner” which are key to her musical prowess. Kalpit Pandya from New York, listening to Anjana on webcast complimented her on her “mature renditions, confidence and respect for the tradition of Hindustani music”.
Anjana is a rising senior at Mission San Jose High School, and has won numerous awards which include: Satya Devi Memorial Music Competition 2014, MIT IndianRaga Fellowship, New York, 2014 and MegaFinal Champion, Swarganga Crescendo Competition, Atlanta 2015 (both Classical and Bollywood Categories).