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Sharanjeet Singh Mand is an internationally recognized exponent of Sitar. He represents Ustad Vilayat-Khan’s (Imdad Khani) tradition of Sitar, giving his first performance at the age of 16 at the Mother Teresa Homage concert in India. His dedication towards his instrument has made him a cherished composer and instructor of music for his students in India and Canada. Sharanjeet has made history by becoming the first ever Indian classical musician to perform for the Juno Awards. Sharanjeet is also the first ever non western classical musician to be listed By CBC as Canada’s 30 under 30 Hottest Classical Musician.
Sharanjeet has impeccable style and flair in his performances that have enthralled his audience. A dynamic and energetic musician, his style is laced with fast movements and soulful melodies. Among his accomplishments, including the Indian National Gold medal, Sharanjeet has been credited to be the first sitarist to play the opera “Ave Maria” on Sitar.
At a young age, he has composed musical pieces for plays, dramas, and items for his students at prestigious Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya (India) as a music teacher and has conducted musical workshops at various institutions including University of British Columbia, Fraser Valley University and Douglas College. Sharanjeet is also a resident instructor at Place Des Arts, Vancouver.
Sharanjeet currently resides in Surrey and has founded Gurukul Canada, an organisation dedicated towards promotion of Indian Heritage Arts.