Act Name :
Untouched Music of Banaras by Pandit Vikash Maharaj

Description of the act - 
Belonging to 14 generations of musicians from Varanasi, Pandit Maharaj has enthralled  audiences with his mystical and spiritual compositions. Enriched  by his repertoire of ragas, the heart of all of his music, his musical gift comes directly from the ancient Vedic texts (Mantras).
About the Group - 
With exquisite skill and artistry, this charismatic father-and-sons trio from Varanasi breathe great joy and vitality into music that dates back thousands of years. Their repertoire of ragas, the heart of all of their music, comes directly from the ancient Vedic texts. The band has performed at major world music festivals in Europe, Asia, United States, Middle East, Canada, and South America and is empanelled with the I.C.C.R. (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Ministry of foreign affairs, Government of India.

Artist Info


In 38 years of a dynamic musical journey, sarod exponent Pandit Vikash Maharaj has performed over 6000+ concerts worldwide and shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabrielle, John McLaughlin, Paul Horn, John Handy, David Friesen, Art Handle, Umar Hakim, Tom Bailey, Wise Guys, and recorded over than 150 LPs, CDs and DVDs. He has performed actively at the historic Cologne Cathedral, the Vienna Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, WOMAD New Plymouth, San Francisco Jazz Festival and many more. He has worked in various international Universities as Visiting Professor such as at the Berklee College of Music, San Diego City College, Bach Music Academy, Cologne Music and Dance University, Mozart Academy of Ancient Music, Vienna Philharmonic’s Department of World Music. He has also performed for TV and Radio including for the 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, Channel 4, New Zealand and BBC London. In 1986, Pandit Vikash Maharaj founded Panchnaad- a music ensemble of five separate musical sounds to develop interest in Indian classical music around the world. 
ABHISHEK MAHARAJ (Sitar Player/Vocalist)
An internationally acclaimed sitar player, Abhishek Maharaj received his early education as a vocalist from Guru Sri Jalpa Prasad Mishra (grandson of Bade Ram Das ji) and later shifted to the sitar under his legendary father Pandit Vikash Maharaj of the Maihar Gharana. Abhishek has trained in both Khayal Gayaki and Drupad Ang styles, which is extremely rare. Abhishek has a wide understanding of music that sets him apart. Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan and his grandfather Padma Vibhushan Pandit Kishan Maharaj have both blessed him on numerous occasions. Abhishek has performed at music festivals across the world and in India. 
Prabhash received his early training in tabla by legends of the Benares Gharana, such as Tabla Guru Pandit Nanhku Maharaj, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Kishan Maharaj and his own father Pandit Vikash Maharaj. In 30 years of his musical career, he has accompanied legends like Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bismillah Khan, Ustad Mumtaj Hussain, Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Wise Guys, Tom Bailey, Missy Higgins, John Handy at numerous festivals like the Ganga Mahotsav, Kalidas Sangeet Samaroh, Taj Mahotsav, Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Jaipur Literature Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival. In 1998, Prabhash founded a band of international musicians called Holiwater to spread awareness and save rivers around the world. He has received numerous awards and been recognised nationally and internationally.