Vikash Maharaj

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Pandit Vikash Maharaj in Concert
Vikash Maharaj
Born (1957-07-01)July 1, 1957
Origin Varanasi, India
Genres Indian classical music, jazz
Occupations Musician, social worker
Instruments Sarod
Labels Hammer Musik, Panchnaad
Associated acts Prabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj, WISE GUYS

Pandit Vikash Maharaj (born 1957) is an Indian musician, a player of the sarod.

Background and career[edit]

Vikash Maharaj is from the 14th generation of musicians in the Banaras Gharana in Varanasi, India. He was originally trained in the tabla and began learning the sarod from Rajesh Chandra Moitra of Maihar Gharana and within six months he was the youngest sarod performer of All India Radio Varanasi graded artists.[citation needed]

He belongs to a family of musicians such as his grandfather Bade Ramdas, Kanthe Maharaj, father Nanhku Maharaj and uncle Kishan Maharaj.

Vikash Maharaj, Nils (Wise Guys) and Abhishek Maharaj, during Tanzbrunnen, Cologne, Germany 2013

Vikash runs the Music Institute of Benares in Varanasi, India. He has also been working as a professor or visiting professor in several overseas universities in Germany, Austria, France, Holland,Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

Awards and honors[edit]

Receiving honor from Kishan Maharaj
  • Sant Kesava Das Ratna Samman -2012
  • Vidya Bhusan Award – 2007
  • Guru Award – 2005
  • Dr. Radhakrishnan Award – 2001
  • Saraswati Award – 2001
  • Paharua Samman – 2001
  • Sarod Shiromani – 1998
  • Ambassador of Indian Culture (Germany) – 1997
  • Siti Ratna Award – 1997
  • Professor of Music (Germany) – 1995
  • Yash Bharti- (U.P. Govt.)--2014
  • Ambassador of PVCHR -INDIA-2014


  • 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)

Social activism[edit]

  • Chairman "Cultural Forum against child servitude"
  • 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 Band - INDIA/U.K./NEW ZEALAND


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