Tabla legend Pt Kishan Maharaj was born today

BY Abhishek Mathur | PUBLISHED: 31 August 2016

The legendary tabla player Pt Kishan Maharaj was born on this day in 1923. He became the most famous tabla vaadak of the Benares gharana.

By the time he was eleven, Kishan Maharaj began performing in concerts. Within a few years, Kishan Maharaj was sharing the stage with stalwarts like Faiyaz Khan, Omkarnath Thakur, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Vasant Rai, Vilayat Khan, Girija Devi, Sitara Devi and many others.

Maharaj had the ability to play cross-rhythms and produce complex calculations, particularly in tihai patterns. Known as an excellent accompanist, Maharaj was extremely versatile and capable of playing with any accompaniment, be it with the Sitar, Sarod, Dhrupad, Dhamar or even dance.

He won the Padma Shri in 1973 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2002

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31 August 2016