A leaf from my life…

I was born in the holy city of Lord Shiva, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in the year of 1958. Born in a well-known Bengali Family, I was encouraged to learn music from a very tender age by my mother, my path blazer and my very first Guru. It was she who illumined my path with her guidance and blessing during my childhood days. My inquisitiveness to explore my passion from a deeper perspective led me to become one of the disciples of Pt. Chhote Lal Mishra from Varanasi. He opened up the entire world of music and its possibilities for me at the very young age and inspired me to pursue it in my life with dedication. And as this journey continues, I was privileged that, world renowned Tabla wizard, Padma Vibhushan, Late Pt. Kishan Maharaj accepted me as one his disciple for which I will always be grateful to him. I also took formal classical vocal training under the guidance of Dr., Pt. Rajeshwar Acharya (formal dean faculty of performing arts, Gorakpur University).

I received my master degree in the year 1979. I also have been honored to receive an invitation from the ministry of education, Afghanistan, to pen a book on “An introduction to table”

I have also performed with several popular musicians at various places in India and abroad like USSR, UK, Netherland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Germany and Afghanistan, to name a few. I have also been actively associated with many great institution of performing arts from time to time such as Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Maharishi Gandharva Ved Vishwa Vidiya Peeth ( MGVVVP ).

I was honored with the opportunity to present Indian classical music fraternity at music centre under the ministry of culture, Afghanistan and Kabul University on deputation as an ITEC expert through Indian Council for Cultural Relation ( ICCCR ), New Delhi, Govt. of India for two years. In the year of 1992, I was appointed as visiting officer at the Vedic University, Netherland. This was followed by receiving an invitation specially for performances at Cambridge University, England. At present, I am working as a senior instrumental teacher at Delhi Public School Dwarka, New Delhi.

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