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Origin  Varanasi, India
Instruments  Sarod
Name  Vikash Maharaj

Vikash Maharaj
Born  July 1, 1957 (1957-07-01)
Occupation(s)  Musician, Philanthropist
Labels  Hammer Musik, Panchnaad
Associated acts  Prabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj, WISE GUYS
Website  www.panditvikashmaharaj.com
Albums  Vikash Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj, Path
Genres  Hindustani classical music, Jazz
Similar People  Kishan Maharaj, Frank Kroll, Patrick Bebelaar, Tom Bailey, International Observer

Pandit vikash maharaj live in new zealand 2002


Pandit Vikash Maharaj (born 1 July 1957 in Varanasi, India) is an Indian sarod player and composer. In his childhood, he initially learnt to play the tabla and then discovered and studied the sarod as his preferred instrument. Pandit Vikash Maharaj is an internationally recognized instrumentalist and philanthropist.

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Sarod by pandit vikash maharaj with prabhash maharaj on tabla


Music

Vikash Maharaj was instructed on the sarod by Sri Rajesh Chandra Moitra of the school of Hindustani classical music Maihar Senia Gharana. In 1976, at the age of 16 Maharaj became the youngest sarod performer to play on All India Radio. He has earned international recognition in Indian classical music, Jazz and Crossover between Indian music and Jazz. Vikash Maharaj regularly tours and participates in international crossover festivals such as the WOMAD, the Diwali festival in New Zealand or the International Leprosy Eradication Festival. During his tours through California, Vikash Maharaj was accompanied by his son and tabla player Prabhash Maharaj.

Vikash Maharaj performed and cooperated with musicians such as Prabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj or the German a cappella group Wise Guys. On initiation by German music journalist and author Joachim-Ernst Berendt, Vikash Maharaj participated in the crossover Jazz record "Raga" in 1996. The work was composed by Patrick Bebelaar, and participating musicians were Patrick Bebelaar, Frank Kroll, Prabhash Maharaj and Subhash Maharaj. In a second cooperation with Bebelaar, Vikash Maharaj and his son Prabhash contributed to the crossover album "Point of View". "Point of View" was a commissioned composition by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and premiered in Stuttgart in 2001.

Philanthropy and teaching

Pandit Vikash Maharaj is founder of the Music Institute of Banaras in Varanasi and U.S.A., teaching in the Guru-Shishya Parampara style. Maharaj also founded the philanthropic Panchnaad Trust fostering arts, culture, community and social activism. [1] [2]

Awards and honors

  • Certificate of Honour (D.I.G. Germany) - 2016 [3] [4]
  • Karmaveer Puraskar – 2015
  • Yash Bharati Award (Uttar Pradesh Govt.) – 2014
  • Ambassador of PVCHR (India) – 2014
  • Sant Kesava Das Ratna Award (Bihar Govt.) – 2012
  • Vidya Bhusan Award – 2007
  • Guru Award – 2005
  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Award – 2001
  • Saraswati Award – 2001
  • Paharua Award – 2001
  • Sarod Shiromani – 1998
  • Ambassador of Indian Culture (Germany) – 1997
  • Siti Ratna Award – 1997
  • Professor of Music (Germany) – 1995
  • Discography

  • Music Ensemble of Benaras (LP) (1983)
  • Music Ensemble of Benaras (CD) (1984)
  • 10 Years of Music Ensemble of Benaras (CD) (1989)
  • Raga (CD) (1996)
  • Best of Open Jazz Festival Stuttgart (DVD) (1998)
  • Pandit Vikash Maharaj (DVD) (2009)
  • Sapna (CD) (2001)
  • Point Of View (CD) (2003)
  • Vikash Maharaj (CD) (2006)
  • Path (CD) (2009)
  • Yaaraa (CD) (2010)
  • Holiwater (CD) (2012)
  • MAYA(CD) (2014)
  • CELEBRATION (CD) (2015)
  • Social activism

  • (Ex)Chairman "Cultural Forum Bachpan Bachao Andolan"
  • Chairman "Bhagan Buddha Mahavidyalaya"", Sarnath, Varanasi.
  • Vice-Chairman "People vigilance Committee on Human Rights"
  • Director "Panchnaad Group" dedicate to promote Indian Classical Music and Culture.
  • Member "Gudia"
  • (Ex)Member of United Nations Youth Organization
  • (Ex)Member U.P. I.A.S. Association,India.
  • Holiwater Project - INDIA/U.K./NEW ZEALAND
  • Founder of "Artists against Child Labour"
  • Founder

  • Bhagwan Buddha Mahavidyalaya, Sarnath, Varanasi
  • Ganga Mahotsav (Music Festival), Varanasi
  • Kashi Vishwanath Mahotsav (Music Festival), Varanasi
  • Maha Mrityunjaya Mahotsav (Music Festival), Varanasi
  • Panchnaad (International Musical Group), International
  • Holiwater Band (A Musical Group dedicated to protect Environment), INDIA/NEW ZEALAND
  • Artists Against Child Labor, International
  • Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA)
  • Musician Against Torture (PVCHR)
  • References

    Vikash Maharaj Wikipedia


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