Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj is the most accomplished Indian classical vocalist of Khayal and Dhrupad gayan of this generation. Panditji is the world famed musician whose rare genius has opened the ears and minds of millions to the wondrous aesthetics of the rich Indian musical tradition.
Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj is honored with Padma Bhushan & Padma Shree by Government of India, Tansen National Award, D.Lit National award and twice with Presidents Gold Medal award, Hindustan Times Lifetime Achievement Award and many more.
Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji believes that music should be from the heart, its function is to reveal the joy and pathos of life.
The above book contains valuable insights into the life, achievements, contributions and self composed bandishes (compositions with notations) of Eminent classical musician Padma Bhushan Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj whose musical genius has enthralled millions of people worldwide for more than almost five decades. Pt. Gokulotsavji's credentials are unparallelled as he is not only proficient in Khayal, Tarana, Dhrupad and Haveli sangeet but is also well versed in Samgan, Prabandh, Ashtpadi and other rare ancient forms. His rendition is soulful and meditative. His style is marked for purity, depth, classicism, authentic presentation of rare as well as popular Raags and aesthetic charm interwoven with a soothing, unassuming and spontaneous improvisation of classical forms. His aalapchari is meditative and tanas are rich and varied consisting of intricate patterns---sapat, choot, bal-pench, lahak, zarab, gamak ki Taan, Karak ki taan, phirat, sfoort, dagar, tirip, urap, lag-dat, andolit, murcchit, meend, dhruv, phand, sarfund, koot, vikat, vidar, adar, merukhand, khandmeru, sakhandmeru, akhandmeru, chonp, 15 types of gamak, dagar, humphit, gitkiri, bolbant, neembat, swarsandhan, kramvistar, aalapti, lom-vilom, behlave, drut, anudrut, laghudrut, dam(pause). His dhrupads consist of sarvang gayaki (complete in all the components of a perfect rendition) With his sound and indepth knowledge of Vedas, Vedant, Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu texts, Panditji is surely one of the finest, most virtuous and distinguished musicians as well as a scholar whose selfless dedication to the cause of classical music is an inspiration to the entire music fraternity. In the words of world renowned Sitar Maestro bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankarji" I have become a great admirer of his music." "Shastriya sangeet ke Surya' also consists of acclaims and accolades for Pt. Gokulotsavji by world renowned classical musicians- Pt. Ravi shankarji, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Ustad N. Aminuddin Dagar, Ustad Amjad Ali khan and many eminent musicians of India. Maharajji has guided and supervised more than 72 thesises including research projects for various academic bodies, universities and colleges. He has written several books and presented lecture - demonstrations, workshops, symposiums in many cities of India and abroad.he has composed more than 5000 compositions including Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi verses for Khayal, Dhrupad, Dhamar, Ragmala, Tarana. (Sanscrit and Persian couplets) The chapters in the book contain varied topics pertaining to musicology and incorporate Maharajji's views on several subjects -Riyaz(music practice), Rag sadhna, Tarana, Khayal, nadyoga, pranyoga and some rare musical material collected from his audio-video recordings, interviews, paper reviews, discussions, AIR broadcasts, T.V. recordings, concerts/conferences held in India and abroad. Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj has created a number of Ragas-Adbhut Ranjani, Prasannpada, Madhur Malhar, Madhur Dhwani, madhur Kalyan, Sneh gandhar. He has a large repertoire of rare and achop Ragas, raginies and traditional compositions inherited from his legacy. A recipient of many awards, honours, distinctions and recognitions---Padmashri Padma Bhushan, National Tansen Award, H.T. life Time achievement award, Ustad Ameer Khan memorial Award, Sur Samman and many other national and international recognitions for his immense and outstanding contribution in the field of classical music.
“Indian Music is divine in origin and hence endowed with great powers. Music brings order out of chaos. In today’s materialistic world, where age-old ethical norms and moral values are fast deteriorating and a man is under constant pressure of mental as well as emotional stress, music can work as an effective tool for solving many of our problems related to hyper tension, stress and other disorders ”
-Dr. Neeta Mathur
Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji's awards and achievements:
* Padma Bhushan by Government of India
* Padma Shree by Government of India
* National Tansen Samman Award
* D.lit National Award
* President Award, twice
* Swar Samman, New Delhi
* Hindustan Times Lifetime Achievement Award
* Abhinav Sangeet Ratna
* Ustad Amir Khan Memorial Award
* Shrestha Kala Acharya
* Sangeet Vishwa Martand
* Tan Samrat
* Shatabdi Samman - International PVP Parishad
* Honorary Trustee of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
* Special 'Top' Grade of Aakashwani and Doordarshan
* Published a number of popular cassettes and CD recordings
* Dr Rajni Nagar completed her Ph.D. on the life achievements of Panditji from Vikram University.
* Member of ICCR
* Judge to the First Court of Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, M.P. - first 5 star university of India
* On the life and achievements of Maharajji 2 books were published named “Shastriya Sangeet ke Surya” and “Gokulotsavji Maharaj, Vyaktitwa and Creation.”
People who have written glowing accolades on the work of Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj are Padma Bhushan Pt. Ravi Shankar, Padma Bhushan Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Padma Bhushan Ustad Amzad Ali Khan, Padma Bhushan Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Padma Bhushan Ustad Amin Udin Dagar, Padma Bhushan Shanno Khurana, Padma Bhushan Pt. Debu Choudhri, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan Late Ustad Bismillah Khan.
“Music is not a profession for His Holiness Acharya Goswami Gokulotsavji. Music is his passion - a passion rising from the founts of deep devotion for he belongs to a religious body, the Vallabh Sampradaya, which has music firmly embedded in its fundamental thinking. His flair for music comes naturally and spontaneously. I have become a great admirer of his music”. - Pandit Ravi Shankar
“I cannot praise Gokulotsavji’s singing enough. His voice is so beautiful that each note emits light. His Khyal is wonderful because his foundation is in Dhrupad. We were privileged to hear Lahak taans which are seldom heard as they are difficult to sing in Khyal. His taan rendering is like torrential rain. He is a great and complete artist. He is the SUN and torch bearer of Vallabh sampradaya”. - N Aminuddin Khan Dagar
“Unquestionalbly, he is very great artist. How did he achieve so much?” - Ustad Bismillah Khan
“Oh my goodness, he has everything. Waha - Incredible!”. - Ustad Vilayat Khan
“I have derived much peace and bliss from listening to Maharaji’s gayaki” - Bhimsen Joshi
“His gayaki is matchless, pure and perfect” - Pandit Jasraj
“I have not heard anyone sing the sort of taans that Maharaji sings” - Pandit Ram Narayan
Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj has represented India at the International Music Festival, International SECRA and the Bavarian World Festival in European countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
To pen down few of the concerts attended by Gokulotsavji Maharaj areTansen Sangeet Sammelan, Gwalior
International World Music Festival – Germany
International Music Secra - East Germany
International World Music Festival - Belgium
Harward University in USA
MIT – USA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
American Arts & Culture Mid West Foundation Chicago
Haridas Sangeet Sammelan
Sawai Gandharv Festival
Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan Harvallabha Festival – Jalandhar
Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad – Bhopal
Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Samaroh - Madhya Pradesh
Ustad Amir Khan Sangeet Samaroh – Indore
ITC - Kolkatta
Annual - Radio Sangeet Sammelan
National Programme of Music, AIR & TV
Sangeet Natak Academy – Lucknow
HCL Habitat World - India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Beverly Art Centre – Chicago
Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj Felicitation by Pt. Jasraj - Mumbai, 1995
Felicitation by UD Aminudin Dagaar, 1983
Gokulotsavji Maharaj is an Indian classical musician and composer of Hindustani music. He is an exponent in the Indore Gharana tradition and follows Haveli Sangeet, a Hindustani musical genre. He composes music under the pseudonym, Madhur Priya. The biography, Shastriya Sangeet Ke Surya, has been published by Neeta Mathur.
Maharaj, a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri, was honoured by the Government of India again in 2015 with Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award.