Lokesh Anand

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Lokesh Anand
Lokesh Anand Shehnai Player.jpg
Background information
Birth nameLokesh
Born (1978-03-13) March 13, 1978 (age 43)
Delhi, India
GenresIndian classical music

Lokesh Anand (born March 13, 1978) is an Indian Shehnai Player. Lokesh has been learning under Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj,[1][2] Hence belongs to Mewati Gharana.[3] He is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Government of India).[4] The key characteristics of Anand's Shehnai playing are neat fingering techniques, command over tempo along with richness and clarity in sound.[5] Lokesh performs solo and in duet and also does fusion.[6][7][8]

Early life and training[edit]

Anand was born in Delhi and started receiving training from his father, Kalicharan when Lokesh was 8 years old. His father taught him the basic technique which separates him from others. Later in life, Lokesh received training from Pandit Anant Lal, Pandit Dayashankar and Pandit Jasraj.[9]

Key performances[edit]

Online Performances[edit]

  1. Online concerts during Covid 19 [23]

Background music[edit]

Lokesh has played shehnai in background score of bollywood movie Mimi (2021 Hindi film) under A.R. Rehman.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Lucknow
  • Surmani award in 1997
  • Shehnai Ratna Award in 2010[24]
  • Sangeet Sadhak in 2004
  • Sangeet Ratna in 2005[22]
  • Yash Kala Samman
  • Abhinav Kala Samman
  • Sangeet Kala Gaurav Award


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  20. ^ Sinha, Manjari (2016-04-07). "Not gone with the wind". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
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  24. ^ "Bhajan Sopori and Faiyaz Khan honoured". Zee News. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2019-11-04.