Born: 28 July 1965
- In 1981, he won the first prize at the All India Radio competition, and the President’s Gold Medal.
- He has associated with Pandit Ravi Shankar on albums like Passages and Chants of India.
- He has more than 30 audio releases to his credit.
- He won the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award in 1999 for his dedication to music.
- Sahara India Pariwar felicitated him with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of Jyoti Diwas 2001.
- In 2014 he won the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award.
- Today, he is among the more popular musicians on this instrument and is especially popular with the younger generation for his creative improvisations.
- His music is rooted in the Maihar Gharana which has musicians of eminence like Pt Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan to its credit.
- Apart from his concerts all over India in different music festivals, he also participated in the Festival of India in Moscow and Asiad ’82 in New Delhi.
- He has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.
- He is also known for a number of collaborations and jugalbandis with other leading instrumentalists.
- An innovative composer, he has also composed several pieces in a fusion of Hindustani classical with other forms of music, particularly Western classical music, including the projects Carrying Hope (Music Today), A Traveller’s Tale, Song of Nature (Magnasound), Kal Akela Kahan (Plus Music).
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July 28, 2020