Group: Mahaveer Singh and Group
A 42-years-old artist from Agra, Bhajan Lal Khuswaha, has been learning music through folk and classical music with a stronghold over jikri bhajan. He has a musical lineage and began to learn music by taking inspiration from his ancestors and family. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers Jwala Prasad as his guru and speaks very highly of his teaching and calibre in the field of music. When it comes to playing dholak, he mostly accompanies artists as per their requirements. He also believes that music is a very devotional thing. When he was a child/in his youth, he would try to imitate his ancestors and thus picked up the dholak and never stopped learning. He also knows how to play the tabla apart from playing the dholak. He is a graduate of the Agra Gharana and has performed in National festivals five times. Apart from being a seasoned studio recording artist, Bhajan Lal is an amazing stage performer and has pulled off brilliant performances at numerous festivals in cities like Patna, Pune, Jamshedpur, states like Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan. Jogging down the memory lane, he regards his performance at Amroha as the most memorable experience. He lives in a family of 5 people and has his wife, two sons, and a daughter. Thus, to make his livelihood, he pursues music professionally. Despite all his struggles, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to stay connected with music forever and wishes someday, in the future, to see himself succeed through the art that he loves so much. But he also feels that the future is pretty uncertain, and when it comes to music, there is very little money. Due to this, he has not taught music to his children and instead asked them to study, so that they could get a better job to meet their days’ end.
- Uttar Pradesh