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Pandit Vikash Maharaj
is first Indian Sarod player who has performed at Noble Peace Center in 1989 in Oslo, Norway. Performed during International Leprosy Eradication Seminar in Munich-Germany on Special Invitation from 5th President of Germany Mr. Karl Carstens in 1982 and Invited to the Parliament of New Zealand in 2008. In 1995, Bach Music Academy, Germany has honored him with title of Professor for creating a cultural bridge between India and Germany. In 2014, Government of Uttar Pradesh has honored him with highest Civilian AwardYASH BHARATI for his extraordinary contributions in Indian classical Music. Followed with many other awards and honors by different Organizations and Countries. Pandit ji is empanelled artist from ICCR – Foreign Ministry, Government of India and Indian Radio & Doordarshan.

Pandit Vikash Maharaj born as 14th generations of Maharaj clan of Banaras Gharana in holy city of India, Varanasi. He received his early education on Tabla from his father legendary Tabla Guru Bengal Tiger Pandit Nanhku Maharaj and later taught Sarod by Guru Pandit Rajesh Chandra Moitra (Senior disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan Saheb) of the prestigious Maihar Senia Gharana. He belongs to a family of great performers and teachers such as his grandfather Pandit Bade Ramdas, Pandit Kanthe Maharaj and maternal uncle Padma Vibhushan Pandit Kishan Maharaj.
Raag Hinglaj (which is named over his beloved mother), Raag Dhumavati and melody Ganga are the most popular compositions composed by him among hundreds of others.
In 38 years of dynamic musical journey, he shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabrielle, John McLaughlin, Paul Horn, John Handy, David Friesen, Art Handle, Umar Hakim, Tom Bailey, Wise Guys, Dom Um Romao, Luis De Matteo, Patrick Bebelaar, Andrew Cyrille, Connie Bauer, Rudy Smith, Lenart Äberg, Bernd Konard, Tom Vendargeld and recorded over than 150 LP’s, CD’s and Dvd’s which includes 10 years of Music Ensemble of Benares, Holiwater Project, Maya, Path, Celebration, John Handy Musical Dreamland, Point of View and To hear the world in a grain of Sand among all time Hits. Performed actively at historical Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Vienna Philharmonie (Austria), Berliner Philharmonie (Germany), WOMAD New Playmouth (New Zealand), San Francisco Jazz Festival (U.S.A.), LG Open Jazz Festival (Germany), Zelt Music Festival (Germany), Splore World Music Festival (New Zealand), Caravan Jazz Festival (Germany), Schloss Elmau (Germany), International Jazz Festival Innsbruck (Austria). Tanzbrunnen Cologne (Germany), International Film Festival Amsterdam (Netherlands). Centennial Celebration of Auckland War Memorial Museum (New Zealand), Te Papa Museum Wellington (New Zealand), International Book Fair at Frankfurt Messe (Germany), Donaueschingen Music Festival and many more.
He have worked in various national and International Universities as “Visiting Professor” such as Berkeley Music College (U.S.A.), San Diego City College (U.S.A.), Bach Music Academy (GERMANY), Cologne Music and Dance University (GERMANY), Mozart Academy of Ancient Music (AUSTRIA), Vienna Philharmonic -Department of World Music (AUSTRIA), University of Auckland (NEW ZEALAND), Northridge University California (U.S.A.), Tropical Institute for world Music (Netherlands), Tenri University Gagaku Music Society (JAPAN), Ochsenhausen Landesakademie (Germany), Esalen institute (U.S.A.), Santa Barbara University (U.S.A.) as named few.
He has also performed for numerous famous International TV and Radio, like National Radio and Television New Zealand, DW National Television Germany, ORF National Television and Radio Austria, Arte National Cultural Television Germany & France, ZDF Radio and Television Germany, WDR Radio Germany, KBCS New York U.S.A., Channel 4 New Zealand, BBC London.
Year 1986, Pandit Vikash Maharaj founded Panchnaad- a music ensemble of five separate musical sounds to increase and develop the interest to Indian Classical Music around the world. He devoted his life promoting plural voices through the Afghani instrument Sarod. He is actively working on protecting human rights and human dignity as one of the founders of the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. He has also associated with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mr. Kailash Satyarthi of B.B.A., iconic GLOBAL MARCH and worked as Chairman of Cultural forum for many years and fought for equal rights for peace and education to every child. He is also co-founder member, as well as music director of THE HOLIWATER PROJECT documentary movie / organization (New Zealand) stabilized to save drinking water around the globe. Indirectly he also supports many other social organizations such as GUDIA (an organization for Sex-workers), MISEREOR (Charity Organization), Xertifix (To save child Labor), Sahana ILIYA (to support NEPAL earthquake victims) and UNESCO for Peace.
He has travelled and performed in many countries like U.S.A. Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg, China, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
He has been accompanied on Tabla by Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Pandit Samta Prasad Mishra (Gudai Maharaj),Pandit Nanku Maharaj, Ustad Ballu Khan, Pandit Prakash Maharaj, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Ustad Latif Ahmad Khan, Pandit Kumar Lal Mishra, Pandit Lacchu Maharaj, Pandit Kiran Deshpande, Prabhash Maharaj.
Pandit Vikash Maharaj is married to Mrs. Sapna Maharaj and has three sons Prabhash Maharaj (Tabla player), Vishal Maharaj (Sarod & composer) & Abhishek Maharaj (Sitar player). All three sons are experts in the field of music.

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