Monday, April 6, 2015

Sarod Maestro Pandit Vikash Maharaj:Icon of plural culture

Pandit Vikash Maharaj (Sarod Player/Music Composer), born in 1957 as 14th generations of musician in prestigious & oldest musician family in Varanasi, India. 38 years of his successful International music career gave him opportunities to perform and record with many internationally recognized musicians like John Handy, David Friesen, Paul Horn, Patrick Bebelaar, Prof. Ban Konrad, Tom Bailey, Wise Guys (A cappella Band) as names few and which can be traced as over 150 different Cd/LP/DVD world wide. Prof. Joachim-Ernst Berendt’s highly appreciated classic book & documentary“The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness” mentioned his name as 20th centuries most prominent spiritual musician on the earth. Pandit Vikash Maharaj is first Indian Sarod player who has been invited to perform at the Parliament of New Zealand in 2008. In 1995, Indo-German Society Remscheid, Germany has honored him as title of Professor for creating a cultural bridge between Indian Classical and Western classical music. In 2014, U.P. State Government of India has honored him with highest Civilian Award “YASH BHARATI” for his extraordinary contributions in Indian classical Music. Pandit Vikash Maharaj has been working as Visiting Professor in several most popular international universities as Berkeley Music College, San Diego City College, Bach Music Academy, Cologne Music and Dance University, Mozart Academy of Ancient Music, Vienna Philharmonic (Department of World Music), University of Auckland as names few. Pandit Vikash Maharaj has created a large numbers of followers and students worldwide. He also has been associated with Nobel Peace Prize Awardee Mr. Kailash Satyarthi and his organization B.B.A. and worked as Chairman of Cultural forum for many years and fought for equal rights for peace and education to every child in the world. 
Pandit Vikash Maharaj is Cultural Ambassador and founding member of People Vigilance Committee on Human Rights PVCHR Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and recently has been awarded with Karmaveer Puraskaar for artistes for change category.

Pandit Vikash Maharaj is founder of the Music Institute of Banaras in Varanasi and U.S.A., teaching in the Guru-Shishya Parampara style. Maharaj also founded the philanthropic Panchnaad Trust fostering arts, culture, community and social activism.

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Pandit Vikash Maharaj with Andrei Jewell and Tom Bailey at Splore Festival, New Zealand

Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj  (Maharaj Trio)
Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj (Maharaj Trio) with Wise Guys
Pandit Vikash Maharaj at German School, New Delhi

Pandit Vikash Maharaj and Tom Bailey in New Zealand
Pandit Vikash Maharaj in Germany
Pandit Vikash Maharaj during Concert. 

Pandit Vikash Maharaj receiving honor from people of Varanasi after receiving Yash Bharati Award. 

Prabhash Maharaj (Maharaj Trio)

Pandit Vikash Maharaj

Pandit Vikash Maharaj during fundraising concert in Seattle, U.S.A.

Pandit Vikash Maharaj (Maharaj Trio) with Wise Guys at Tanzbrunen in Koln, Germany
Crowd gathered for Maharaj trio and Wise Guys concert at Tanzbrunen at Koln. Germany

Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Prabhash Maharaj and Abhishek Maharaj in Heidelberg, Germany
Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Abhishek Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj (Maharaj Trio) during fundraising concert at Frankfurt, Germany
Pandit Vikash Maharaj, receiving honor of Cultural Ambassador of PVCHR by Sankracharya Swami Avimukteshvaranand and Rajendra Singh (Water Man) in Varanasi, India

Maharaj Trio

Pandit Vikash Maharaj with God of Jazz John Handy during SF JAZZ Festival, San Fransisco. U.S.A.
Mahraj trio with Frank Kroll and Patrick Bebelaar during Concert in Germany

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