Vikash Maharaj

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Vikash Maharaj
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Vikash Maharaj
Background information
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 61)
OriginVaranasi, India
GenresIndian classical music, jazz
LabelsHammer Musik, Panchnaad
Associated actsPrabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj, Wise Guys[citation needed]

Pandit Vikash Maharaj (born 1 July 1957 in Varanasi, India) is an Indian sarod player. In his childhood, he initially learnt to play the tabla and then discovered and studied the sarod as his preferred instrument.[citation needed]

Life and work[edit]

Early life and background[edit]

Vikash was born in Varanasi in 1957 into a family of musicians. He was instructed on the sarod by Rajesh Chandra Moitra of the school of Indian classical Maihar gharana. His formal schooling was complemented by lessons from his family including his uncle Kishan Maharaj.[1]


Vikash performs Indian classical music, jazz and crossover between Indian music and Jazz. He tours and participates in international crossover festivals such as the WOMAD, the Diwali festival in New Zealand or the International Leprosy Eradication Festival. During his tours through California, Vikash Maharaj was accompanied by his son and tabla player Prabhash Maharaj.[2]

Vikash has performed with musicians such as Prabhash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj, Joshua Geisler, Tom Bailey, Vishal Maharaj[citation needed] or the German a cappella group Wise Guys.[3] On initiation by German music journalist and author Joachim-Ernst Berendt, Vikash participated in the crossover Jazz record "Raga" in 1996. The work was composed by Patrick Bebelaar, and participating musicians were Patrick Bebelaar, Frank Kroll, Prabhash Maharaj and Subhash Maharaj.[4] In a second cooperation with Bebelaar, Vikash Maharaj and his son Prabhash contributed to the crossover album "Point of View". "Point of View" was a commissioned composition by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and premiered in Stuttgart in 2001.[5][6] He was awarded the Certificate of Honour (D.I.G. Germany) in 2016 [1] and the Yash Bharti Award by the Uttar Pradesh Government in 2014[7]


  • 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)
  • Celebration (CD) (2015)

Social activism[edit]

  • Former chairman of "Cultural Forum Bachpan Bachao Andolan"
  • Chairman "Bhagan Buddha Mahavidyalaya"", Sarnath, Varanasi
  • Vice-Chairman "People Vigilance Committee on Human Rights"
  • Member of "Gudia"
  • Former member of United Nations Youth Organization
  • Former member of U.P. I.A.S. Association[clarification needed]
  • Holiwater Project
  • Founder of "Artists against Child Labour"


  1. ^ "Pandit Vikas Maharaj: Biography of Pandit Vikas Maharaj". 26 September 2012.
  2. ^ Deva, Arun. "Sitting Down With: Pandit Vikash Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj". La Yoga Magazine. BLISS NETWORK, LLC. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Wise Guys Magazin, No.24, April 2013" (PDF). Wise Guys. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Vita Frank Kroll" (PDF). Frank Kroll. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  5. ^ Porter, Lewis. "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Bebelaar - Point of view". dml-records. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "यश भारती से 56 हस्तियां अलंकृत (56 celebrities from Yash Bharti)". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). 9 February 2015.

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