The meaning of a soulful and mesmerising perfor-mance was truly defined by the event ‘Too Much for One Heart’, a concert at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) featured timeless melodies in RnB, Jazz and Broadway by the talented crooner Sanjeeta Bhattacharya.
A singer with a wide range and a voice that spans from the soulful to the enthralling, Sanjeeta’s concert was a unique addition to the capital’s repertoire of Western music. The 19-year-old, training to be a full-time vocalist at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, having enrolled in a 4-year program, enchanted the City audience with her melodious voice and rendition of popular songs.
Sensing the mood of the assembled gathering of Jazz music aficionados she sang songs like Chega de Saudade by Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazillian bossa nova piece, Somewhere over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz, Amour te’s la by Magda Gianikkou, a bossa nova piece mixed with French lyrics and instrumentation, Gone Under by Snarky Puppy, Too much for one heart by Lea Salonga, from the celebrated musical, Miss Saigon, My Funny Valentine by Ella Fitzgerald, There are worse things I could do from Grease, If I Aint got you by Alicia Keys, Someone to watch over me by Ella Fitzgerald, etc.
Speaking to Metrolife
post the event, the young singer, said, “It was one of my memorable performances till date. It was an intimate gathering and the audience was great too.”Sanjeeta started singing when she was in nursery, but it was only during her summer programme in Berklee College of Music in 2010 that she realised she wanted to be a professional singer. “I met so many amazing and incredible singers and musicians there, which made me realise that singing is the only thing that I can ever do,” she said.
A disciple of Sunanda Sharma, Sanjeeta has also been learning Hindustani Classical music of the Benaras gharana since nine years. As the lead vocalist in her school band, Irus, she has won several inter-school, zonal and national level Western music competitions as a solo performer.
Commenting on the increasing popularity of Western music in Delhi, Sanjeeta, said, “The future of Western music is improving a lot in Delhi. People are now getting interested in Jazz, they are becoming open and expressive about Western music.”There were other guest artistes of the evening. Nipun Malhotra and Shyam Agarwal on piano, Vasundhara Mathur on vocals, Utkrisht Seth and Ishwar Dixit on guitar, Dan Thomas on drums, Kabir Agarwal on bass, Gautam Bhardwaj on keyboard and Olivia Amy Francis on backing vocals.