WINNERS
of the SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI
BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA AWARD for 2009

The shehnai, an instrument that was once played in temples during festivals, has travelled a long way to become an important instrument of classical Hindustani music. [...]
It is heartening to know that there are youngsters in the field who are keeping up the tradition with dedication. Two such are the brothers Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar, sons of the acclaimed shehnai exponent Pandit Daya Shankar.
The brothers belong to the Banaras gharana, where shehnai and flute playing is a tradition of 450 years. From stage performances to music festivals, their performances have touched hearts and received appreciation.         The Hindu

 
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