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    Pandit Vikash Maharaj

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

    Early life and background
    Vikash was born in Varanasi in 1957 into a family of musicians. He was instructed on the sarod by Rajesh Chandra Moitra of the school of Indian classical Maihar gharana. His formal schooling was complemented by lessons from his family including his uncle Kishan Maharaj.[1]

    Music
    Vikash performs Indian classical music, jazz and crossover between Indian music and Jazz. He 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.[2]

    Vikash has performed with musicians such as Prabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj[citation needed] or the German a cappella group Wise Guys.[3] On initiation by German music journalist and author Joachim-Ernst Berendt, Vikash 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.[4] 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.[5][6] He was awarded the Certificate of Honour (D.I.G. Germany) in 2016 [1] and the Yash Bharti Award by the Uttar Pradesh Government in 2014[7]

    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

    Chairman "Bhagan Buddha Mahavidyalaya", Sarnath, Varanasi
    Former member of United Nations Youth Organization
    Former member of U.P. I.A.S. Association[clarification needed]
    Holiwater Project

     


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