Group: Ashok Kumar and Group
A 42-year-old artist from the chamar community of Banaras has been learning music through Chaiti, Biraha, and other folk art forms. At a young age, he began to play Jhaal by taking inspiration from other artists in his village. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He also knows how to sing apart from playing Jhaal and has performed in various locations within the state. He has pulled off brilliant performances at various music festivals to dazzle the crowds and regard his performance at Prayagraj is the most memorable experience. He lives in a family of 3 people and has a son. Thus, he only performs music with his group to make ends meet. Despite all his struggles, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to get recognition someday, in the future, to see himself succeed through the art that he loves so much.
- Uttar Pradesh